Our Pastor, Ross Murphy, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in April 2011. This page is designed to keep those who are praying for him and his family informed about the ongoing situation without the need to contact the family directly.
Update: 23 November 2012
Six months have passed since the end of chemotherapy, and still people are asking me for updates and assuring me of their prayers- thank you.
The end of chemotherapy was a great relief, a happy landmark, yet it also brought some trepidation. It felt strange not to be undergoing or awaiting treatment for the first time since diagnosis. I’ve now had a couple of scans since the end of treatment and they have both looked really good, the consultants have been delighted (as have we!) If my December scan looks as good then I’ll probably be moved to six monthly checks- which would be a real indication of the amazing progress since diagnosis.
My energy levels aren’t what they used to be, but I really have no other physical problems to deal with. I’m doing less than I was before, but enjoying being back in the thick of pastoral ministry amongst people I love.
Thank you for your continued concern, and your prayers, which are powerful and effective.
Update: 6 March 2012
I’m not sure I was very clear when attempting to give my update a week past on Sunday. I think those present would have seen my feelings more clearly than my progress itself. I was keen therefore, just to clarify where we are with things in the news sheet today.
I’ve now finished my 10th session of chemotherapy and, God willing, have another three to complete. Though I will never be given the all-clear, the progress has been so good that it was almost impossible to see any tumour in my last scan. The next scan is on 2 March 2012.
I should finish my treatment early in May and the expectation is that my energy levels will pick up fairly quickly after that.
My oncologist is optimistic about the prospect of a significant number of years before we need to think about any further treatment, and we are praying – as has been the case already – that such expectations will be surpassed.
We cannot thank you enough for your continued love, support and prayers.
Ross received the results of his latest MRI scan on Tuesday 20 September and the news is good; the chemotherapy treatment has succeeded in reducing the size of the remaining tumour.
Ross has recorded a video update (split over two videos) which you can see below.
Please continue to pray that the treatment will lead to a full healing from cancer.
Video Update 1
Video Update 2
Watch a previous video update on Ross’ progress below
Ross underwent surgery on Tuesday 26 April where the surgeon was able to remove the majority of the tumour. He came through the operation successfully and was discharged from hospital on Friday 29 April.
Tests have been conducted on the removed tumour and it has been graded a 3 on the 4-grade scale (1 = non-aggressive benign, 2 = aggressive benign, 3 = non-aggressive malignant, 4 = aggressive malignant). As such, further treatment will be required.
Ross started a course of chemotherapy in June at the Beatson. It is expected that this treatment will last for a year. The aim of the treatment is to prevent growth of the tumour as it is unlikely that the tumour can be completely removed (barring a miraculous healing which we continue to pray for).
The type of tumour is expected to respond well to treatment, and Ross’ age also gives him an advantage in terms of dealing with the course of chemotherapy.
Ross has also posted another blog post concerning the impending treatment.
Ross, Deborah and Katie have been keen to express how much the cards, messages and practical help have meant to them these past weeks. They also want to assure the Church family that theyu are very much in their thoughts and prayers too.
Points for prayer
- Pray for the family as they digest the test results and prepare for the next stage of treatment.
- Pray for Ross in his recovery, that his strength would continue to return as it has been.
- We believe that God is able to heal any ailment so pray for miraculous and complete healing for Ross.
- Pray that, as a Church family, we would be attentive to the needs of all those who suffer in our congregation, that we would be wise to know how best we can help, and that we would be committed and bold in prayer.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.