Monday, December 22, 2008

An update from Jen

So, after fielding many questions recently, I realized that we had not updated you all since consulting with Nick's doctors after the car accident (over Thanksgiving). Two of the three doctors were on board with us sticking to the original plan of beginning Nick's 6 week chemo. / radiation regimen the last week of January (Approx. Jan. 26 - March 6).

There is no evidence from the MRI that the tumor has changed. The most probable explanation for the accident is severe sleep deprivation. The most specialized doc, the neuro-oncologist at Henry Ford, agreed that there was no need to expedite treatment. This was a relief to us, to be able to get through the holidays and Nick's birthday before starting treatment.Nick has had no seizures since Dec. 1. He is unable to drive for six months. It puts a lot more pressure on me, but we have received soooo much help from friends. Thank you all!

I will certainly continue to update you as treatment begins. Please pray for healing, wisdom for the doctor's, for Nick to respond / recover well, and for continued peace. May you all recognize the many blessings in your life this Christmas and rest peacefully at the feet of our Savior. Merry Christmas!

Love & prayers,
Jen, Nick, & Sarah Thomm
We want to thank you all sooooo much for your incredible generosity and your prayers for the Thomms. They are incredibly touched at the outpouring of love and support!! May God touch each of you with His abundant blessings this Christmas.

Please continue to pray for the Thomms as they approach Nick's chemo and radiation which will begin in January. Also continue to spread the word. Thanks again and Merry Christmas to all of you!

Mary said:“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior,
for he has looked upon his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever.” Lk 1:46-56

Monday, December 15, 2008

As many of you know Nick Thomm, a Franciscan University graduate, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in early 2006. Since that time Nick has undergone multiple medications and procedures to eliminate the tumor. This included an invasive procedure where doctors attempted to remove the tumor. Unfortunately due to its location behind Nick's left ear, they were unable to remove all of it without risking serious and permanent damage. Doctors had thought that the tumor would be controllable through medication; however they recently discovered that the tumor has been growing despite medication. Because of this Nick will soon undergo chemotherapy and radiation in an attempt to knock it out once and for all. Nick will begin this treatment within the next few months and the family's medical bills are expected to be quite high with all the copays and coinsurance.

Whether you know Nick, his wife Jen or their beautiful two year old daughter Sarah or not, we ask you to join with us is supporting the Thomm family.

How can you help? First of all pray. Pray for Nick and his family, pray for Nick's healing and most especially for the Will of God to be done. The other way you can help is financially. We all obviously find ourselves in tight times right now, and understand that it may not be feasible to help monetarily. However, any amount you can spare is one more dollar the Thomm's won't have to worry about, and one more way we can let Nick focus on getting healthy.

Thank you for your support and for helping our friend! Please pass this information along to all of your friends and family!!