Monday, April 23, 2007

Update April 23, 2007

Again, this is Angie's sister Mindi writing. After a conversation from Angie this evening around 10:00 pm central time, the pathology was revealed by Dr. Edwards this evening. He said it was called a Glioblastomo Grade IV tumor. I have done a little research on this type of tumor before writing this blog and have added a web page for people to explore if you want to know more. Also the American Brian Tumor Association page has a lot of information on it, that address is

The Stanford hospital as well as Dr. Edwards, Angie and Brian's brothers are trying to still get Brian's records from his last radiation treatments he had to see if he is elligible for more radiation. They are trying to get the information from the hospitals in Colorado. Once they get that, they will be determine if he could have the cyber-knife radiation treatments. He would stay out in California to have this procedure and it would happen sometime next week. He is moving to the rehab floor tomorrow to get extensive rehab as he is progressing very well in his speech. He is following four and five step commands and is saying more and more words that he is coming up with on his own. For instance, if you told him to name a fruit, he could say, apple, orange, pear on his own. As for physical therapy, he is still having some issues with his right side motor functions. He did stand today and tried to step side to side but his right side has a hard time following. The therapist thinks he has great potential to regain a lot back though.

Brian is a fighter and I know he will not give up. Angie is fighter as well and such a great supporter and encourager to fight against this. It is a new battle again, he has over came one already 10 years ago and it is just time to overcome another. They are so strong and courageous that I know they can do this again. Brian, you are so many people's heros, so many people look up to you and see the good in you and all you do, so just keep fighting, don't ever give up. Angie, we are all here for you as well, try to keep your head up as I know it hard sometimes. You are an amazingly strong wonderful person, and if anyone can keep this battle going, it is you. Like I said before, "It is God's Battle, not ours" God has a plan for all of us, we just don't know what his plan is, but it is in His hands. All we can do is fight and that is what we need to do at this time.

Angie, Brian and all the O'Neills, please know that there are 100's of people willing to help in any way. Please let me or somebody know, if there is anything at all that we can do for you in any way. The prayers are still coming strong and please continue to pray for all the O'Neills, as Jan is still in the hospital as well. Don't get discouraged or dwell, just pray that much harder for this family.


We love all of you,



  1. Mindi, thank you so much for writing this update on what all was found out today.
    Knowing what is going on we can pray specific,seeing the words of healing going directly into the eye of the storm, bringing peace, calm, and restoration.
    Thanking God for this miracle of
    healing within Brian.
    Step by step, word by word Brian and Angie are being guided by the spirit of the Lord.
    We continue to pray here in Arkansas, the most powerful thing
    we can support all of you with.
    Praising God, brings Glory in the Land, we Keep believing.
    Love you Marjo

  2. Thanks for the Update Mindi!

    Brian keep on fighting, you are a strong Miner!! My thoughts and Prayers are with you and your entire Family!!

    Lot's of faith and strength from the Dutchman, who is thinking of you every minute of the day.

    Keep fighting!

  3. Kathy,
    I'm so sorry about your cousin!! I've been extremely busy at work and with the Relay for Life that I had not had time to check my e-mails until tonight. I do hope and pray that Brian's surgery went well and Adam, Ron and myself will include them in our prayers. I will have them on my mind and in my heart 24-7. I will pass this on to another special friend of mine that, even though we live a distance from each other she has a powerful way with prayer. I will also take this to our Bible study group this weekend. God bless Brian, Angie and the boys and God bless you for being such a wonderful person and seeing they get all the prayers they can. Please keep me informed of how things are going or if there is anything else I can do.

    In God's everlasting love,


    Brian & Angie & everyone else reading these comments, I emailed a very dear spiritual friend and this was her email back to me. Just wanted everyone to know that even complete strangers are praying for the O'Neill's. We are after all in the same family with God as our Father and Mary as our Mother.

    Take Care!

  4. Angie and Brian,

    I have done nothing but think and pray for you all night and all day. I have done a lot of research this morning and ran across and page called "young adults surviving glyoblastoma", when you get some time, read some of the stories, they are inspirational. I love you guys so much and just keep fighting as I know you both will.

    All my love,

    Mindi, Matt and Logan

  5. Thanks so much for this update - I will keep the prayers going for Brian and Angie on the Prayer Chain at SAAC

    I am so thankful that you have so many lifting you up spiritually, physically & emotionally

  6. ANGIE,
    I have been checking the blog and talking to Mindi all the time. I have been wanting to write but not knowing exactly what to say. Just know that I look up to you & Brian for all you strength in each other,family,& God. Remember that we might not understand his plan(somtimes I still wander why) but God has his reasons. Brian,you, and all the other families & friends are strong believers and will get through this. Just remember it is not just God looking down at you, it is all the loved ones in Heaven too. I love you all and pray everday for Brian and Jan to get better and to stay strong!!!!!!!

  7. Brian & Angie,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this very difficult time. I know that your strength and faith will guide you through every step of the way. God Bless,
    Love Joe, Beth, Sara & Adam Girardi

  8. Angie,

    I thank our Heavenly Father for the spiritual healing that has taken place in you and Brian's lives over the past ten years. Now I call on the name of Jehovah Rophe to do a miraculous physical healing in Brian.

    You are both an example to the rest of us of how we need to handle the trials in our life. Just like Mindi said, The battle is not ours. We have to continue to trust that God is in control and continues to work His plan even when life seems out of control.

    We are praying for you constantly and trusting in God.

  9. Hey buddy! Brian here... It's needless to say you are in our every thoughts. It's good to see that you're using the super-human strength that you've been storing up! It will serve you well as you work through your recovery.

    As I've prayed for you every day, this song has been going through my head each time... I feel as if you have been singing along with me in your rehabilitation. You might recognize it... GET WELL AND KEEP BELIEVING!

    Look out of any window, any morning, any evening, any day.
    Maybe the sun is shining, birds are singing,
    No rain is falling from a heavy sky.
    What do you want me to do, to do for you to see you through?
    For this is all a dream we dreamed one afternoon, long ago.

    Walk out of any doorway, feel your way, feel your way like the day before.
    Maybe you’ll find direction,
    Around some corner where its been waiting to meet you.
    What do you want me to do, to watch for you while you are sleeping?
    The please don’t be surprised when you find me dreaming too.

    Look into any eyes you find by you, you can see clear to another day,
    Maybe been seen before, through other eyes on other days while going home.
    What do you want me to do, to do for you to see you through?
    It’s all a dream we dreamed one afternoon, long ago.

    Walk into splintered sunlight,
    Inch your way through dead dreams to another land.
    Maybe you’re tired and broken,
    Your tongue is twisted with words half spoken and thoughts unclear

    What do you want me to do, to do for you to see you through?
    A box of rain will ease the pain, and love will see you through.

    Just a box of rain, wind and water,
    Sun and shower, wind and rain,
    In and out the window like a moth before a flame.

    And its just a box of rain, I don’t know who put it there,
    Believe it if you need it, or leave it if you dare.

    And its just a box of rain, or a ribbon for your hair;
    Such a long, long time to be gone, and a short time to be there.

  10. Just want you all to know we continue to think and pray for Brian everyday. He couldn't ask for a more loving and supporting wife and family. Keep your spirits up and stay strong. And as the song goes "Don't stop Believing".
    Take Care all of you and give our love to Brian.
    John and Nancy Piccatto and family

  11. Brian, Angie, and Family.
    Thank you everyone for the updates.
    We are thinking about each and everyone of you everyday. Everyone is in our hearts and prayers.
    Brian, We Believe in you, keep fighting.
    Angie, if there is anything we can do let us know.
    Love The Papke's

  12. Angie & Brian,
    Christy forwarded this site to me and updated us a little on what is happening.
    Your wonderful family is in our thoughts and our prayers.

    Angie, if there is anything that we can do for you up here in Canada please don't hesitate to ask. We are just around the bend from you.

    "Whenever you see darkness, there is extraordinary opportunity for the light to burn brighter."

    With love and prayer your neighbors,
    Lisa, Wayne, Kristen, Harrison & Callaway