As you know, it was just over one month ago that my doctor informed me that I have a brain aneurysm.
After having a CT angiogram to better assess the situation, the neurosurgeon to whom I was referred was unable to say with certainty whether it was “saccular” or “fusiform” even though he was leaning toward the latter.
In order to determine definitively, I underwent an “endovascular cerebral angiogram” at Johns Hopkins yesterday; a procedure that my neurosurgeon called “the gold standard” for providing precise details on the state of cerebral arteries.
I can still hardly believe what I’m about to tell you…
After reading the results of the angiogram, the neurosurgeon could find no sign of aneurysm at all! He said that the artery in question is unusually large, but it shows no sign of disease whatsoever. I’m officially released from his care and there isn’t even any need for follow up from here. Amazing.
I’ll be honest… I didn’t even pray for that result even though I should have. My own prayers were centered on my loved ones’ wellbeing and the grace to carry whatever cross may come my way.
All indications heading into yesterday were that it was just a matter of determining what kind of aneurysm I had and how we were going to treat it. My wife has been a CT tech for 30 years. We looked at the CT together and even to me, a “layman,” it didn’t look good.
My wife is pretty strong and not one to cry very easily at all. She didn’t talk openly about how afraid she was, but when she was told the news, she broke down in tears of relief. It was a touching moment I won’t soon forget. God is good.
This entire episode seems surreal. There are lessons still to be learned from it, no doubt, but the one thing I know for certain is that all of your prayers played a part in it.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart… not just for me, but on behalf of my entire family and close friends. I can’t tell you how grateful we are.
NOTE: For those unfamiliar, the image above may seem out of place. It’s the 1980 USA Ice Hockey team. When they beat the heavily-favored Russians in the semi-final game of the Olympics, Al Michaels made the iconic call, “Do you believe in miracles?” I’m not sure that applies here, but be that as it may, ever since I received this good news those words have been echoing in my mind. 🙂
God loves you Louie and we, your friends, love you too. God bless you and your family as well.
And Our Lady loves you! And Archbishop Lefebvre loves you!
And YES! We love you, too!
Blessed be God!
Blessed be the Great Mother of God, Mary Most Holy!
I am so happy! I am crying tears of joy!
As OTC said, God bless you and your family.
Much gratitude to the Sweet Hearts of Jesus And Mary for prayers answered. God bless you dear Louie….we need ya! Thanks for all you do to give honor and glory to God !
Our Lady! Our Lady! Thank you! Thank you! Our Lord has His reasons for your family to endure all this. He must love you all so much to make this miracle for your family only For His Greater Glory! May you all praise and thank Him! To think He used you, the leader of your family to lead you all closer to Him! And in such a short amount of time! May you all recognize this miracle and always thank and praise Our Lord, Jesus Christ!
God has said “Not yet, still work to do here,” (or something like that.)
Thanks be to God! May God the Holy Spirit continue to have mercy on you in your service to the Church in sharing the truth.
Thank God. I’m very happy for you and your family Louie. Excellent news.
So, so happy for you Louie!! Things of late, in the Catholic world, seem to be somehow going our way. Wow is all I can say.
Dear Louie – So happy for you and your family on learning the good news. Thanks to your Guardian Angel and to Our Lord and Our Lady for this wonderful gift. God Bless, Randy Engel
Now thank we all our God,
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done,
in whom this world rejoices;
who from our mothers’ arms
has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love,
and still is ours today.
O may this bounteous God
through all our life be near us,
with ever joyful hearts
and blessed peace to cheer us;
and keep us still in grace,
and guide us when perplexed;
and free us from all ills,
in this world and the next.
All praise and thanks to God
the Father now be given;
the Son, and him who reigns
with them in highest heaven;
the one eternal God,
whom earth and heaven adore;
for thus it was, is now,
and shall be evermore.
(Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Symphonie Nr. 2 op. 52 B-Dur)
That is wonderful news, and special thanks to the intercession of Our Blessed Mother, and St Teresa of Avila…
“Let nothing trouble you,
Let nothing frighten you.
God never changes .
Whoever has God,
Wants for nothing;
God alone is enough.”
St Teresa of Avila
Beautiful news, Mr. V., but I’d be lying if I said I was surprised. I expected it. 😉
Just in time to celebrate Thanksgiving! Praise God, now and forever!!!
YES I do believe and I thank God! Wonderful news Louie! So happy for you and your dear family, and grateful to God. Deo Gratias!
“Children in whom there was no blemish, well favoured, and skillful in all wisdom, acute in knowledge, and instructed in science, and such as might stand in the king’ s palace…”
Another blessing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! Sometimes I think we need your brain more than you do!!! God bless you and your family. Onward and Upward!! So much work to do!!
Thanks be to God! Our prayers were answered. May God continue to Bless you and your family and Our Lady keep you. You are very much appreciated, Louie.
“Unusually large artery” = miraculous shrinking aneurysm (in progress.) You FID have symptoms and you SAW the scan.
Thanks and praise be to God. I’m glad for your good outcome. God bless. Lynda
I’m very happy for you too, Louie. Not a hair of our heads falls to the ground without Our Loving Father’s knowledge and permission. God bless you.
Louie’s news concludes a hat trick of good news over the past week of days. #1 Hillary goes down in defeat. #2 Four Cardinals put Francis on public trial. # 3 Louie reports no signs of disease in his noggin. Praise be to God!
Thanks be to God my friend! I will pray, and remember you in my Mass, in Thanksgiving to the Lord of life.
The “spirit of surprises”
Wondrous news, Louie! Bask in the joy of newfound health. All Glory and Honor to Our King. Loving Thanks to His/Our Mother.
Can this count as miracle towards the canonisation of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, whose intercession we prayed for?
Laudetur Jesus Christus!
God bless us every one! I am so grateful. Your voice is very important in our current crisis. I will continue to keep you in my prayers.
It’s a beautiful thing and a wonderful gift for a loyal son from the Immaculata and Mother and her Glorious Son. And the faithful said..”AMEN!”
AMAZING NEWS! BRAVO!
Maybe Fr. Gruner put in a good word to keep you here! ; )
Oh how absolutely wonderful!! Thanks be to God! Thanks be to God!
YAY! *jumps up and down like a three year old on Christmas morning*
God ROCKS! So does His awesome mother:+) Love you lots, Louie:+)