Reporting live from Des Moines Iowa . . . Jenn Brown. Okay, so maybe not live by the time you read this but that's what popped in my mind as I began to share today's update.
While taking a trip to a cancer specialist on Mother's Day weekend is quite a heavy thing to process, having time on the road to think and just breath has been good. Not easy, but still good. Here are some of the bright spots:
• Starting the day with coffee with Josh's mom on Mother's Day. (Love you Kim!)
• Finding 48 cents by our upgraded rental car
• Hearing Josh sing along with some of our favorite tunes on the road (He's not talking much so hearing him sing is really encouraging).
• Eating KC BBQ with Josh, then finding $5 in the parking lot! (We're up $5.48 for the day!)
• Smooth travels and good weather all around with only 3 hours to go tomorrow.
While this might seem a bit too optimistic, it's still nice to find the bits of hope and joy in the midst of such chaos. Even in this joy, anticipation builds with each mile we drive. It's tough to see how the tumor is impacting Josh's communication skills and just how hard he's working to do the basics. It's hard not to think about what could happen in the future.
As we (and mostly me) prepare for our time at Mayo, we ask that you continue to pray for wisdom for us to know the best questions to ask while we are there.
Pray also for Josh's physical strength and for the clarity of his mind.
Pray for courage and strength as I navigate many different pieces and parts of this journey.
We continue to trust in our God who is able to do immeasurably more than we think or imagine.
In April of 2019, we learned that Josh had a large brain tumor, a glioblastoma, in the middle of his brain. At the age of 41, this was quite the surprise. Josh sadly passed away after a short battle on September 30, 2019.
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These past months, we've navigated the complexities of treatment, and hospice care and learned that there wasn't really treatment and that in Josh's case, the tumor was inoperable.
We're sharing our hearts and experience as we navigate this unexpected turn and God's goodness in the middle of it. We hope to encourage others by sharing our story.
Thank you for following along with our journey even in grief.
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More about Josh & Jenn
Jenn Brown is the author of this site, a loving wife and communications guru.
Josh Brown most recently served on staff at Fellowship Bible Church in NWA as a Springdale Community Pastor. We've served in ministry in Missouri, Texas, Virginia and Nevada.
Cancer has been big part of our story. Josh has battled cancer three times already with the first to being non-Hodgkins lymphoma at ages 15 and 25 and the third thyroid cancer last year and a GBM, brain tumor this year.
Jenn's mom, Carol passed away from breast cancer 21 years ago and her father also went through treatments for Chronic Leukemia (CLL) in 2017 and is doing well now.
Friends & Family
We have been so encouraged by friends and family. Thank you for the practical ways you are caring for us! We love you all! This is just few photo highlights of some meaningful moments.