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I recently received the following email from my friend, Brian Schuliger. Would you consider the Schuligers in your thoughts and prayers?
This year the Schuligers lived what we are all taught from a young age - but sometimes take for granted and forget - that is… What is most important during the holiday season. In fact, it is what is most important every hour of every day of every week of every year: family, friends, and community. For those who have not been in touch with us recently, you should prepare for a bit of a shock. Our youngest daughter, Christina (17), had a large brain tumor and ~60% of her cerebellum removed (which as you probably know is responsible for motor skills, balance, smooth movement, and higher-order cognition) on October 25th. Thankfully, if was not malignant; Christina’s prognosis is generally good, but we are in for a very long and undetermined recovery.
Our family is blessed that our strong faith enables us to be at peace through times like these. And importantly, Janine and I expect that somehow this will be a defining moment for Christina in her journey though life, and we know God will guide her and give her strength to see that through.
At this point, Janine is spending 24x7 at The Children’s Institute, with the exception of 1-2 nights when I am there; I visit every morning through evening, and am home only to sleep and get Janine things she needs. (If you have further interest in her story, Janine has been keeping a Journal of Christina’s recovery on The Caring Bridge - Christina - just click on Last to read it chronologically).
To our family and friends who have been providing prayers, support, and visits - and to our community who have been bringing meals and offering “anything that you need” - we are eternally grateful. And to those of you who want to wish Christina a great recovery, and help her look forward to her love of kids and service-oriented mission, please visit The Christina Schuliger Mission Foundation
Ps. no doubt you are wondering, but Christina has developed diplopia/double vision - and thus the “patch glasses”… it should be temporary for just ~6 months
Peace to you and your family, and we all wish you a very Happy New Year!!