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Joshua’s Story

Josh was diagnosed with Malignant Rhabdoid Tumor of the Kidneys in January 2007. Treatment ended in September 2007. After 10 rounds of chemotherapy, 6 days of radiation, and surgery to remove each tumor from the kidneys Josh was cancer-free and doing GREAT! However, a biopsy was done July 2008 and cancer cells were present.

My name is Joshua Hardy and in January 2007, I was diagnosed with Malignant Rhabdoid Tumor of the Kidneys. I had a tumor on each of my kidneys. The left tumor was about the size of a softball when it was discovered and the right was about the size of a walnut. They had orginally thought that I also had a mass in my chest but, Praise God it was just an enlarged gland. I was considered to be stage 5 and had little to no chance. My treatment ended in September 2007. I had 10 rounds of chemotherapy, 6 days of radiation, and I had surgery to remove each tumor from both of my kidneys.

In July 2008 a biopsy was done and cancer cells were present in the thymus gland. This is the gland that has been an area of question since the beginning. It has now developed into a problem that needs attention. We will do 12 days of radiation and 2 or 3 more rounds of chemotherapy. There is a lot of hope that this incident can be eradicated. We continue to put all of our hope and faith in GOD.

Our prayer is to give thanks to GOD for a long healthy life filled with joy and blessings with Joshua and our other children. We give all the glory to GOD. Thank you for visiting my site and thank you for adding Josh to your prayer list.

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Glory to GOD! We are taking Josh home to Virginia today. Please pray for our safe travels. And pray for a hedge of protection from bacterial, viral, and fungal infections for not only Josh but for Todd, Jack, Joe, Jude, and me. Keep everyone around us healthy and strong while we patiently wait for the full return of Josh's immune system. Pray for our ability to keep our home safe and clean for the protection of Josh. (2 Thessalonians‬ ‭3‬:‭3~But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.)

And give Thanks in prayer for Josh's full and complete recovery. We are so thankful for how Josh's body is falling in line with the promises I have claimed from GOD in Jesus' name. (John 14:13-14 NIV~ And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.)

We do not have to return to St Jude until 12/30/14. Six whole weeks at home, Praise the Lord! And from this point on, our visits should be just check ups in nature once a month. Thank you all for your love, support, and prayers. It is through the Grace of GOD and your prayers we can rejoice today in our homecoming. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas. Until next time, have fun.


Dear LORD~

Praise YOU for your Faithful Word! We have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and we have YOU to thank. Psalm‬ ‭95‬:‭1-2‬ NIV says~"Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song". I sing to YOU....Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host; Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

It is in JESUS' name I give thanks in prayer~AMEN.

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Vicki West
By Vicki West
Glory! Great news. Praying all continues towards full recovery.
Karen Ennis
By Karen Ennis
Praise God that Josh is able to come home and just required to make monthly trips. I know all of you will be so glad to spend Thanksgiving together in Virginia in your own home. We pray for safe travels, for protection from any outside viral sources, and that your home will provide the safety for Josh to continue to heal.
Lisa Fisher
Our God is an awesome God! So excited about your homecoming!!
Love, prayers, and huge hugs,
Stacey Hilderbrand
By The Hilderbrands
Praise The Lord!!! So happy for the news. Happy thanksgiving to everyone. We will continue to pray.
sylvia perryman
By sylvia perryman
Wonderful, wonderful news!!!! I was praying just maybe Josh could get home a little early. We will continue our prayers for Josh and also for your family. May Thanksgiving and Christmas be the best ever. Take care, Terry & Sylvia
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Amber vanderMeer
By Amber vanderMeer
So glad you can be home, together again, as a family! Hoping and praying for good health for the entire family.
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Bobbie Hall
By Bobbie
Glad to hear little man is doing good. Safe travels. Hope you and your family has a wonderful Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas. Much love sent to all of you 💜
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Judie King
This is truly a time for Thanksgiving!
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
We are so thankful for this wonderful news. We will certainly pray for all of you that you will have a HEALTHY, happy Thanksgiving!
Love to all,
Judie and Lee King
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Edie Sodergren
By Edie Sodergren
So wonderful, Praise God! Will keep all of you in prayer. Thanksgiving will be a wonderful time for your family!!!😄😄😄😄😄
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Elizabeth Hardy
By Liz Hardy
Yay!!!! Safe travels.. so happy your going home!! xooxoxoxoxoxox
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