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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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Carole Spicer
By Steve & Carole Spicer
Happy, Happy, Happy! Will pray for safe traveling, continued healing, and protection from infection.
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Alison Spodek
By Alison Spodek
I started to follow Josh's story when I heard about the adenovirus through social media. I am currently 13 months post bone marrow transplant for AML; my transplant was postponed for 4 months when I was adenovirus positive right before my transplant (I even discussed with my doctor that if the cidofovir didn't work, it wasn't possible to receive brincidofovir). I just wanted to congratulate you on reaching this amazing milestone. I know how hard it is to wait to go home (I was away from my kids for 3 months) and I can't even imagine the strain this has put on your family. Your strength and faith are an inspiration. May Josh's recovery from this point forward be smooth and uneventful. I know also it's scary to be further from the experts, and to be out in the world of germs. May you navigate these waters with grace and very few "waves"!
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Warren Harding
By Warren and Mardy Harding
We are so excited and happy for you! Thank you God for your grace and love. Blessings,
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Karen Franklin
By The Franklin Family
This is wonderful news! We are praying for your safe trip and good health for Josh and the entire Hardy Family!
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Walter Wildman
By Jean & W. C. Wildman

Great news!!!

Happy Thanksgivinig and Merry Christmas to the Hardy family.


Jean & W. C. Wildman
Glen Allen, VA
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Allison Staton
By Allison and the Dedham, MA crew.
I'm so so SOOOOO happy for you all!!! We are all dancing here for the strong Hardy clan!
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Brenda Smith
By Brenda Smith
We are weak with gratitude to God but also to you and Todd. Prayers and love follow you wherever you go. Hope to see you in Reedville over the summer.
Brenda and Dan
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Tiffany Smith
By Tiffany Smith
So thankful!!
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Denise Dunaway
Great News!!! I pray Josh will continue to get stronger every day! Happy Thanksgiving Hardy family!!!!
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