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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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Anne Pierson
By Anne Pierson
Josh is looking good! We will keep lifting him and your family up in prayer. <3 I got to hug Jude today at orientation and Luke was more than a little excited to get to see him and say hi. :)
Amy McClure
By Amy McClure
Love you and your entire family! Josh is such a fighter and with God's guidance I believe he will be whole again!
Chuck Dye
By Chuck Dye
Thanks for the update, totally cool pic of Todd and the little man. Tammy, the kids and I continue to pray for Josh and your entire family. We miss seeing you guys. Stay strong in the Lord.
Linda Horn
By Linda Horn, Austin, TX
God's blessings to Josh and your entire family as God's perfect work is completed in Josh. May his complete recovery come soon and the remainder of the journey be an easy one!
Gail Doyle
By Gail Doyle
Dear Aimee,
Thanks for update and will continue praying for complete healing for Josh.
God bless and be with you all
Love Gail(NY)
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Walter Wildman
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08/28/14

Aimee,

So sorry to hear about this disappointing news about Josh.

We are continuing to keep Josh and your family in our prayers and thoughts.

Jean & W. C. Wildman (Good friends of Susan & Russell Wright)
Glen Allen, VA
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Barbara Gertzen
By Barb Gertzen
Well Josh, you certainly look strong!! And it looks like you had great form in your first throw at Tuesday night's game!!

Wishing you and your family all the best as you recover in Memphis. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers as you continue fighting this nasty bug!!
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Hope Wills
By Hope and Noah — last edited
I was just thinking about you guys!! He looks great! Moving right along Josh!!! Much love to you and your family :)
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