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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.

Latest Journal Update

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Thought everyone could use an update. If you recall we went back to Memphis for a checkup July 29. Our plans to go home to Fredericksburg were thwarted by the stinkin' flu bug. (Parainfluenza to be exact). After a month of being evaluated, Josh's doctor has decided it would be safest for Josh to stay in Memphis another 3-4 months. I was disappointed to hear this news but I know we do feel safer when Josh is close to his St Jude's Medical team.


Josh had a few set backs because of the flu. He was tired and so he lost a little strength. And the flu affected his lungs so he needed to use additional oxygen. I am very grateful to say though, as of Tuesday his lungs have recovered to the point where he can be on just room air. And his energy level has returned so he is back to strength gaining.


A fully functioning immune system and his strength are the missing pieces of the puzzle right now. I fully believe in Josh's complete recovery. In a devotional I read this morning it said "For we look not at the symptoms but at the promises of GOD's Word because symptoms are subject to change according to the promise of GOD's Word." GOD's Word never changes and He has promised me "If you believe (without a doubt), you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭21‬:‭22‬ NIV) So I am just waiting for Josh's body to get in line with the Word of GOD and I give thanks in advance for Josh's full and complete recovery.


Even though we are in Memphis for medical care, we have been able to make the most of our time. The Memphis Redbirds (Minor League affiliate of the St Louis Cardinals) played every night since last Wedneday 8/20 thru last night 8/27. Josh was able to attend every game. He got to meet most of the players and get their autographs. And Tuesday night he got to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He looked so strong, proud, and happy. GOD's Word manifested---And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. (1 Peter 5:10 NIV)


We truly appreciate your prayers. Thank you for giving thanks in advance for Josh's full and complete recovery. We ask that you also pray for us as we navigate through the next 3-4 months. We so much want all 6 of us together and not separated. We have prayed for guidance and we know the path will be revealed to us. "I trust in The Lord with all my heart. I will not lean on anything of my own understanding. I will submit to HIM in all my ways. And HE will guide my path"~ Proverbs 3:5-6.


Again thank you for your prayers. I will be in touch. Until next time, have fun.


Love~ Aimee


Dear Lord~


Thank YOU for the abundance of answered prayers. I love to write these updates so all can see YOU in action in our lives. Things are not going as fast as I would like them but I trust YOU have it all under control. "Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord ’s purpose that prevails."(Proverbs 19:21 NIV) Thank YOU for using us to bring Glory to your name. "He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him." (Psalm 40:2, 3 NIV) It is in Jesus' name I give thanks in Prayer---AMEN!!!
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Hope Wills
By Hope and Noah
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Juliane Putka
By Juliane Putka
Our family continues to pray for a full recovery for Josh. We miss his smiling face and exuberant spirit. May you have peace during this time.
Vicki Crowder
By Vicki Crowder
Despite the nasty flu, this news is certainly good enough for me, and I'm sure for you, especially considering how dismal Josh's health was last winter (that's when he got the super-duper meds, right? I lose track of time). He has made such a terrific and tremendous turnaround; so exciting! And happy happy that he got to throw out that ball, all strong and sure. So wonderful. Sending much love from Fxbg.
Renee Archuleta
By Renee Archuleta
I love you josh
Judie King
By Judie and Lee King
We are disappointed that you "get" to stay in Memphis so much longer. We are happy Josh is improving and still praying for his complete return to good health.
Love to all of you.
Mary  Schatz
By Mary Schatz
Aimee- We know God's healing hands are placed on Josh. He will restore Josh to the strength he needs to continue to recover. ...It was so wonderful to see Josh throwing that first pitch! What an awesome feeling he must've felt. Great kid/happy kid! We continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Please give Josh a big Miss Mary hug. Love to you all.
Shelley Spring-Himes
By Shelley Spring-Himes
Prayers, Love and Hugs to you all!!!! I have no doubt that God is in control and Josh will continue to gain strength and build his immune system!!!!
Erskine and Candi James
By Erskine and Candi James
Love, love, love that Josh is improving. Praying and agreeing with you that God will guide you in making decisions for how to have your whole family together as often as possible while doing what is necessary to keep Josh healthy and whole. In Jesus Name!
AnnMarie Fleetwood
By AnnMarie Fleetwood
Thinking of Josh and praying he will get back his strength and health. It was so good to see Jack and Joe at the Open House at LUES. Keep your faith as I know you will and know that Josh will be better soon.
Christine Maurer
By Christine Maurer
Thank you, Aimee, for your faithful updates which helps us to know how to pray for Josh and your family. My heart was delighted to see Josh on the mound and being in his element...sports! Soon enough Josh will be running around like a whirlwind and breaking school records in sporting events.
You all are loved and missed.