The past week has been a whirlwind of activity as we continue processing literally everything. We are fortunate to have received a quick referral to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. We check in and begin conversations on Monday, May 13 at 4 p.m. and have a couple days of meetings with experts including a brain oncologist. When I was asking the schedule and they casually threw out, "in the morning you'll meet with a brain oncologist," I thought. "Wow, that sounds super important" -- which of course it is for a slew of reasons.
There is comfort and hope in seeking a second opinion from a place that is known for dealing with tough issues. Of course, I'm nervous about it because it is a new venture and there is a whole lot to learn and discover on this particular trip.
As we go, we know so many of you are praying for us. Thank you. We ask for your continued prayers as we travel. Pray that we will know what questions to ask these amazing doctors and specialists and what steps to pursue.
As many of you know, Josh and I have had lots of road trips. We love the adventure of getting in a car and driving. There is so much joy and peacefulness we find in loading up a good audiobook (currently the Harry Potter series) or singing out our finest rendition of the Hamilton Soundtrack on highways across America. Being on the road again is a nice feeling.
This trip will be just a Josh and Jenn road trip but to a destination that we have not yet had to encounter. We take off Sunday driving. Don't worry, we have lots of family and friends on stand by to rescue us if it gets dicey, but we are looking forward to the time together, even if the end destination means continuing to talk about the not-so fun reality of brain cancer.
Stay tuned for road trip and Mayo Clinic updates and again thanks for your amazing, beautiful, humbling support.
5/10/2019 05:23:12 pm
Sending hugs and peace to you and Josh as you navigate this chapter of your life.
5/10/2019 05:38:36 pm
Praying alongside y’all on this journey, won’t stop. Thanks Jenn for keeping us updated♥️♥️♥️
5/10/2019 07:13:40 pm
Praying for you
5/10/2019 07:52:09 pm
The Lord doesn't give us anymore than we can handle. That's what I've been told all my life and the good BOOK says so. But it's so hard. You've been through so much in your young life. I wished could take this unsettled time away from you. Lots and lots of prayers and I wished I could hold you tight. Tell Josh and his mom we love them too.
Kari & Josh Vance
5/10/2019 08:04:57 pm
Praying for safe travels and answers.
5/10/2019 08:11:36 pm
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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.
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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.