Lead singer for contemporary Christian band Casting Crowns, Mark Hall, has been released from the hospital after a successful surgery to remove an "aggressive" form of cancer from one of his kidneys. His wife, Melanie, has called the early detection of the malignant tumor a "miracle."
"Praise the Lord! We are heading home! Wahoo! Mark turned a corner yesterday and had a good night last night. We think we've figured out how to manage his pain at home. He had his first meal today since chips and salsa last Monday night. Time to head to the house," wrote Melanie in a post shared on the band's Facebook page on Monday. The couple was accompanied by members of their student ministry staff.
Hall revealed earlier this month that he was undergoing the surgery to remove a cancerous mass from one of his kidneys. Melanie confirmed in a post on Sunday that the mass in Hall's kidney was not just cancer but an "aggressive" type of cancer that was found following a pathology report.
"The pathology report confirms that the tumor was indeed kidney cancer but it was fully encased. The findings of the report confirm that the cancer had not spread to the kidney or anywhere else. Glory Hallelujah! It was found in the earliest stage possible. For those of you that are more familiar with these type reports, it was labeled stage T1a," said Melanie.
"Something else interesting is that it was also determined to be a nuclear level 3 cell type, which is aggressive. What that means is that it was active and ready to go somewhere. This just makes all of this even more of a miracle. I wish that I could explain in words how much of a miracle it was, but it would take too many words," she continued.
"God was at work in this before we had any idea. He is good that way. We are thankful for His mercy and grace. We are thankful that He chose to answer our requests in this way. I know that not everyone's stories have the desired ending. But I also know that God desires us to trust Him with it all anyway. Even still, He says He will work it all together for our good," she added. "Thank you again for your continued prayers. For us, in this, the war is won but we still have to fight the recovery battle."