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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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We have been in Memphis this week....


My mind has been struggling with the situation going on with Josh's lungs lately. My heart holds on to the Faith I have in Jesus and the promise of GOD's word but we could really use your prayers.


As we have tried to ween the steroid (Budesonide), Josh's oxygen has been trending lower and lower. We were so encouraged by the bump in Josh's immune system numbers, we really pushed the ween of the Budesonide. We however created a big stress on Josh's lungs.


Josh had a CT scan this week that revealed a hot mess of inflammation and fibrosis. It was very disconcerting to see the change from this past January's scan to this week's.


We have of course had to go back to daily Budesonide. But Josh's doctor has decided to try a new drug, Imatinib. He is hoping that the Imatinib can help correct the inflammation and rid us of the need of the Budesonide. Both Budesonide and Imatinib reduce the immune system's ability to recover but they are very necessary right now for Josh's lung function. With the cold and flu season in effect we have cause for great concern. And Josh has picked up a cold which is not helping things.


We need prayer for Josh and lots of it. If you are willing, I want you to write the drug name Imatinib on a piece of paper and write Josh on another piece of paper. And hold these two pieces in your hand as you pray.....


Father GOD we thank you for the hope you give us through this drug Imatinib. We thank you for its ability to heal inflammation in Josh's lungs and help rid any need of Budesonide for Josh. We thank you for these tools you provide as vehicles of your healing power. Thank you by JESUS' stripes and wounds Josh's lungs and entire body is healed here on earth. We give all the glory to YOU, in JESUS' name we pray. Amen.


When Josh's lungs heal and we can get rid of the Budesonide and the Imatinib, Josh's body will really fall into place of his complete healing. Josh's heart is a miracle. The echocardiogram tech told me that every time Josh's cardiologist reviewed his echo, he would find her and say "are you sure this is Josh Hardy's echo?" It has made an unbelievable recovery.


Josh's kidneys are very good. His blood work looked amazing. Despite the oxygen challenges Josh continues to gain strength. Josh even grew taller from the last visit to this one. There is so much good to be thankful about. We just need the final piece of the puzzle with his lungs healing and his immune system will recover as well. It will all fall into place.


I trust it is GOD's Will to heal Josh because the Lord's Prayer Jesus taught us says "GOD's Will be done on earth as it is Heaven". I know in Heaven there is no sickness or disease so it is GOD's Will that we live in perfect health and peace here on earth. We just need to claim it and believe we have received it. 1 John 5:14-15 says “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” I have great confidence Josh's lungs are healed. I just need to remember 2 Corinthians 5:7 ‭‭“For we live by faith, not by sight.”


I have to confess my mind is struggling right now. I have been having mental tizzy fits for weeks now. I wonder if GOD allows the constant catch 22 that is Josh's health to keep me close to Him. When all is going well I get so caught up in this hectic life we have created with work and sports that I find that I don't even think about GOD at all. Shame on me. I have witnessed such great miracles; how could I lose my focus on GOD. And yet I do. It's when things are not quite right with Josh that I seek GOD so intensely. And I always find Him and I find peace but why must I drift. Maybe Josh would have received his full and complete healing a long time ago if I could just keep my eyes on Jesus at all times. Miracles really happen when I seek GOD whole heartedly.


We return to Memphis on February 1st for a week of testing. January 10th marks Josh's 2 year transplantaversary. We are in prayer that the next CT scan will show that the Imatinib has done wonders to clear inflammation in Josh's lungs. We appreciate all your prayers, love and support. We pray you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.


I have one more verse that I want to share. It spoke to me about patience, which I need tremendously. Lamentations 3:22-24 says "Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.””

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Until next time, have fun.


Love~Aimee


Dear Lord~


Thank you for the opportunity to trust you more. Thank you for the peace you provide me when I seek YOU. Thank you for the opportunity to share YOUR Amazing Power, Grace, Mercy, and Healing with all who read our updates. Thank you in advance for Josh's healed lungs and immune system. Thank you for healing Josh's heart, kidneys, tummy function and that he is cancer free. Thank you for everyone who joins us in prayer to YOU for Josh's sake. Thank you by Jesus' stripes and wounds Josh is healed. It is in Jesus' name I give Thanks in Prayer---Amen.




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Katie Lando
By Katie Lando
Dear Aimee, "God's arm is not short", He "never slumbers nor sleeps," and He "owns the cattle on a thousand hills." He is ABLE! And remember that Josh's healing does not depend on how you feel but on the tender mercies of our gracious Lord whom Josh has acknowledged as Lord and Savior. I pray you and your family are wrapped in God's peace this Christmas season. Love from all the Landos
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Margie Gulmi
By Margie
Prayers continue
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Christine Short
By Chris & Stan Short
Keep the faith. Josh will overcome!
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Joan Cummings
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Aimee, trust that whatever lays ahead for Jish God is in control. I haven't posted for a long time but am fervently praying for him and your family. I lost my 39 year old Aimee to a rare cancer April 22. She only lived 5-1/2 months from diagnosis. She left behind two little girl, 6 and 9, and her husband and sister & her husband and 2 girls. I lost her Dad August 8 also to cancer and they are rejoicing together in Heaven. I know the pain of losing a child, my youngest and I am praying that God has great things left for Josh to do on earth for many years to come.
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sylvia perryman
By Terry & Sylvia
May the miracle of Christmas help Josh with his lung issue. The prayers for Josh will be more intense, Through this all may your family have a beautiful Christmas and a healthy New Year. Stay strong,
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Mary beth fry
By Mary Beth
Y'all and Josh and always in my heart. I will keep the 2 papers with me until you say Josh is healed! In HIS name, amen!
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William Howell
By William Howell
Oh Aimee, we are coming along beside you in believing God's healing of Josh's lungs! I have the piece of paper with the two words in my pocket praying continually for the success of this drug!
May God wrap His mighty arms around you and Josh and give you the peace that only He can give.
God is still on His throne and prayer still changes things! Joshua was a prayer warrior as you are and we saw the results in his life. Your Josh was named exactly right.
"I Lord my God, I cried out to you, and you healed Josh."
Psalm 30:2
Thanks for your prayers for me, Aimee!!!
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Gail Doyle
By Gail Doyle
Praying for Josh's lungs to completely heal .Your faith and belief in God's power will get you through .A Merry and Blessed Christmas and only good things in the year to come 🙏🙏
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Vickie Hood
By Vickie Hood (Amy Landman's Mom)
Praying for Josh and for the complete healing of his lungs! My Church Bible Study Group has and will continue praying for Josh to be healed!
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