This is Joel.

January 22, 2010

This is Joel.  —>

This is Joel’s tumor.

It’s pretty big.  But Joel’s God is bigger.  Joel’s really really big God hopes that you will pour yourself out, extending your faith as far as you can, partnering with Him in the miraculous act He is going to perform.  That way you share in the reward of God’s glory when Joel is healed.  Bye-Bye Tumor.
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Joel was diagnosed with an Atypical Teratoid/ Rhabdoid Tumor (AT/RT) in January of 2010. He had a surgery to remove the tumor and was undergoing 54 weeks of treatment including chemotherapy and radiation. He never finished those 54 weeks, because 10 months after his diagnosis, in October of 2010, he had a tumor recurrence. Joel was declared terminal, we were referred to Hospice and we signed a do not resuscitate form. From that point on, Joel only received medical treatment that was palliative, meaning it is designed to add quality of life as someone is dying, it is not curative, but hopefully reduces symptoms. Joel did not die. Joel had clumps of tumor cells in his spinal fluid, and ten days later, with no medical treatment in between, Joel’s spinal fluid was completely clear of cancer cells.
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As the spinal fluid remained clear, and palliative treatment began, Joel did better than expect and we made the decision to treat the tumor in his brain with radiation. After the radiation, Joel’s MRIs were clear until July of 2011, when Joel had a brain tumor that damaged the 6th cranial nerve that controls Joel’s right eye, turning his right eye in, (this tumor was found just after Joel was finally seeing straight because we had a surgery performed to compensate for the 6th cranial nerve that controlled Joel’s left eye, damaged in the initial tumor resection.) We treated this second tumor recurrence with radiation to prevent more damage from being done to Joel’s cranial nerves.
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In October of 2011, an MRI showed that the tumor treated with radiation in Joel’s brain was gone, but he had two new tumors in his spine and one new tumor in his brain, these were Joel’s 3rd, 4th and 5th recurrences. This prompted another discussion about Joel’s imminent death. We were told that they did not understand the year we had, but this was what they had expected to happen the year before when they told us Joel had a few weeks to four months to live.
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At this point, we put Joel back on an iv chemotherapy, still just palliative, and in December 2011 one of the spinal tumors and the brain tumor were both gone, the remaining spinal tumor was shrinking. All of our doctors were shocked and thrilled. Our next MRI in March of 2012 showed us that the shrinking tumor in Joel’s spine was growing. It was blocking 50% of the spinal cord. If we let it keep growing it would paralyze Joel, within days Joel stopped walking with his walker, (something he had only begun to do in January.) We treated Joel’s spinal tumor with radiation. This tumor died and Joel began walking without his walker in April.
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In May of 2012 we stopped all the palliative chemotherapy because if we continued giving this kind of chemotherapy it would give Joel leukemia. Joel had clear MRIs until November of 2012 when we discovered his sixth tumor recurrence (seventh tumor.) This tumor was filling the base of his spine. It was huge and growing very quickly. Once again we had to treat Joel with radiation to stop his intense pain and prevent the loss of his bowel and bladder control. Once again, we were told Joel was dying, and this time not to expect more periods of remission because the speed with which this tumor had grown meant it was a new phase of the disease and Joel was now on a downward spiral.
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Joel was in intense pain, treated with morphine and fentanyl, he stopped walking entirely and moved very little. A few days before Christmas Joel’s pain lifted and, a MRI in March 2013 showed that the spinal tumor was gone but that Joel had a new very small tumor in his cerebellum. Joel is walking again and playing. He is no long taking any pain medication and he is very happy.

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Joel is in the middle of a new experimental therapy to treat the tumor in his cerebellum. So far, that tumor has not grown or shrunk, and his last MRI showed that he may have a second tumor in his cerebellum, but the results were not conclusive.

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Joel is growing and thriving. Each of Joel’s seven tumor recurrences should have triggered many quick growing tumors that would lead to his death in a matter of months, that’s just what always happens with AT/RTs. We keep praying for Joel, and marveling at the amazing ways God has been faithful.
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On the right hand side of the home page, underneath Joel’s picture, the posts are organized into categories. So, you can click to see videos, pictures, art, or under “Mommy Theology” you can read about the journey of faith we’ve been on for almost two years now.

January 22, 2010 | Comments

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  1. Matthew McIntyre on January 24, 2010 2:52 am

    We are praying every day…

  2. Jodie on January 24, 2010 3:22 am

    Hi, I’m a friend of Alisha’s,
    I’m praying for the little guy and will put him on the prayer list at Church too.

    (((Hugs)))

  3. Grandma B on January 24, 2010 5:37 am

    Today I was with a group of ladies in Wellington that I barely know. One of them has a 4 year old daughter named Phoebe who apparently is a little prayer warrior. I was touched and amused when the mother said that Phoebe once laid her hands on someone and said “God, would you bless this man.” Later I described Ryan and Amy’s situation and asked for prayer. The mother listened for a while and then said, “Oh, is your grandson’s name Joel? A friend of ours contacted us through Facebook and asked us to pray for him, so we have been praying. Phoebe prayed that Jesus would make him better and that he would not be afraid.”

  4. Katie Riggle on January 24, 2010 3:51 pm

    I am praying for a complete success in Joel’s surgery. My sisters are Megan, Lindsey, and Emily. May God be with you and the rest of your family, and especially little Joel.

    Love,
    Katie

  5. Taruna and Scott on January 24, 2010 5:29 pm

    Hi,

    We are Cheryl and Mike Perroto’s brother (Scott Heese) and sister in law (Taruna Heese). We have a 8 month old son and this brought tears to our eyes on hearing about Joel. We wish the family all the strength and all our prayers are for little Joel. We wish him a speedy recovery and healthy journey ahead. May God hold your hand in his. Love- Scott, Taruna, Mahika and Rahil.

  6. Dawn Haas on January 25, 2010 12:06 am

    WE are praying constantly!!!

  7. Tia on January 25, 2010 3:40 am

    I am praying fervently!

  8. David & Kendel Williams on January 25, 2010 4:45 am

    We are the son and daughter-in-law of Bob and Jan Williams in St. Louis. We are praying for your precious boy.

  9. Patrick and Kate Bell on January 25, 2010 3:12 pm

    We have been praying for the past few days and will continue. We love little Joel!

  10. Chantel Cooley on January 25, 2010 4:52 pm

    I am praying…and I love you guys.

  11. Nikki Schaefer on January 25, 2010 7:33 pm

    I am a friend of Esther Haass’, I will be praying for Joel and for your entire family. May God heal him.

  12. rania on January 25, 2010 7:51 pm

    i’m so sorry for soooo cute baby joel…..hope may god be mercy with him….and will be in good healthy without any problem and live a normal life

  13. stephany haswell on January 25, 2010 8:10 pm

    although i do not know you i will be praying as the rest have been. i got a email today regarding your son. god bless you and your family and first and far most god bless your beautiful son. god i watching over him and your family he will provide for you!

  14. Debbie Littlejohn on January 26, 2010 1:25 am

    I am praying for God’s Healing Touch for this sweet family. Joel & Margaret are very dear to us and told me about the prayer needs…God bless you and hold you all in the palm of His Hands…

  15. Jessica Smith on January 26, 2010 1:51 am

    God is holding your family in his arms and we are praying constantly!

  16. Amanda McFadden Ortiz on January 26, 2010 2:01 am

    Hello,
    My name is Amanda. I am Sarah’s son, Lincoln’s, “aunt”. Lincoln’s father is my brother. Sarah posted this on her myspace, and i felt compelled to reach out to you.
    I am so deeply sorry to hear about Joel. I have an 8 month old son, who is my world. As I read Joel’s story and sobbed, I couldn’t imagine what to say to your family. I am sorry you have to experience this time of despair. But I am praying that your family will see the greatness of God, and that He will heal little Joel. So innocent are the children in our world, they deserve nothing but the best. Prayers, tears, and thoughts are with you!

  17. Kristin Hill on January 26, 2010 4:09 am

    We are standing in the gap here in Nashville Tn!! Praise God, for He is the GREAT PHYSICIAN. Miracles of Healing are NOT of the old as some confess because God’s Word says “I am the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.” “The work that I do you will do; you shall do even greater works than Me” according to John 14:12. It does take faith though, faith of a mustard seed. Confess God’s Word with AUTHORITY over baby Joels body constantly, it will INCREASE your faith, and according to Isaiah 55:11, God’s Words will not return to Him void. WE are to return His Word to Him by giving it voice!!! “So shall my word be that goes forth out of My mouth; it shall NOT return to me void (without producing any effects, useless), but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing in which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11. “I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will HEAL HIM, according to Isaiah 57:19! So, Father God YOUR Word is manifest in baby Joel’s body causing that tumor to DISAPPEAR and we charge his body in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the authority of His Holy Word to be healed and made whole in Jesus’ Name.

  18. Mike and Amy Estergard on January 26, 2010 5:07 am

    Our prayers are with you!

  19. A friend in NY on January 26, 2010 12:50 pm

    I’m a friend of Lindsey…thinking of u all this morning and keeping Joel in my prayers. God Bless your sweet boy and keep him safe throughout the surgery and may all of the cancer be erased from his tiny body. Strength and faith to the family as well. Amen.

    PS MY FB status today asks for prayers for Joel. Peace be with you.

  20. Vesna, Macedonia on January 26, 2010 2:15 pm

    I got this website from friend of mine.
    I really keep you and your sweet boy in my thoughts and prayers.
    Thank you God for Your Word full with the promises, encouragement and confort. Thank you for being Our Father, Friend, Counselor, Provider, Healer. For being with us in every situation. I believe that You, Almighty will bring complete healing for Joel and joy for his parents, and that you will glorified your Name in this situation. In Jesus name. Amen.

  21. Cindy & Grant Jones on January 26, 2010 3:50 pm

    Hey Ryan and Amy! We are praying for little Joel and for you. My friend had surgery last week for a brain tumor, with a successful outcome, so we are primed for faith! She had Dr. Waziri at CU do the surgery – is he Joel’s doc? Besides the Great Physician, of course! Thanks for this beautiful website so we can follow along.

  22. Kristie Argo on January 26, 2010 4:07 pm

    i DON’T YOU PERSONALLY BUT I SAW A POST ON FACEBOOK ABOUT YOUR SON. i WILL BE PRAYING FOR HIM AND THAT HE HAS A COMPLETE RECOVERY

  23. Jennifer & Ryan Branaman on January 26, 2010 4:36 pm

    Know that you and Joel are in our thoughts today. We are sending our love…

  24. Kari on January 26, 2010 5:30 pm

    Your family and your precious baby Joel are in my thoughts and prayers today! Our God is amazing and he is capable of things we cant even imagine!

  25. Michelle on January 26, 2010 6:59 pm

    Hello. You don’t know me, but I saw your webiste through a friend from high school. I have been thinking about and praying for baby Joel all day. May the Lord be with you and your family and the doctors currently doing the surgery.

  26. Val on January 26, 2010 7:42 pm

    I’m Michelle’s (she posted) sis-in-law. You don’t know me, but you are my family in Christ. I’m praying for you with faith like a mustard seed.
    Psalm 27:1

  27. Evelyn on January 26, 2010 7:54 pm

    My name is Evelyn but you do not know me. I read about Joel’s story on facebook and felt compelled to write. I just read the last update and am happy to hear that you received a good report and am praying for more good news from the biopsy. May God continue to be with Joel and continue to surprise us all. God Bless You All.

  28. Evelyn on January 26, 2010 7:58 pm

    My name is Evelyn, but you don’t know me. I read about Joel on facebook. I just read the most recent update and am so happy that is was a good report. May God continue to bless little Joel and may He continue to surprise everyone. God Bless You All.

  29. Fíl Lochlainn on January 26, 2010 8:12 pm

    This WAS Joel!!! Bye-Bye tumor. Thank you Lord for hearing our prayers and honoring our faith. All glory to the Precious and Holy Name of Jesus!

  30. Joy Y. on January 26, 2010 9:47 pm

    Amy & Ryan, I am praying and believing for a complete recovery and restoration of your little treasure and reward. I can’t wait to hear all the good news! May God’s kingdom come and His will be done here on earth in Joel’s body just like it is in heaven! And we know there are no tumors in heaven, so it’s gotta go.

  31. Nat Iwata on January 27, 2010 8:09 am

    My name is Nat, I’m an artist that works with Soma Games. I have two sons, a 2 year old and a 1 month old, and my heart is with you. Your faith is a testimony both to your friends and family, and to the staff at the hospital. I am praying for Joel, and he is on my mind often. “the Lord is my Shepherd…”

  32. Paige Hornback on January 27, 2010 11:46 am

    Our prayers are strong for you! I have never met you or baby Joel, but I wanted you to know I think of you every day and pray for you multiple times a day. God is so BIG and so STRONG…thank you for blessing my heart with your faith. We will continue to pray.

  33. Christine Yergert on January 28, 2010 10:42 am

    I am a friend of John and Jessica Crowe and their son Noah. I saw your comment on Jessica’s Facebook page so I went to this site. I just want to let you know that I am praying for Joel and those who love him. Grace and Peace.

  34. Shannon Hoag on January 31, 2010 10:24 am

    I am praying for all of you. I will keep you in my prayers. God will give you the strength you need. He is more than able. God Bless you.. The little guy is pretty popular you know.. Fil introduced me on facebook… :)

  35. trudy strating on January 31, 2010 9:38 pm

    Hi Ryan and Amy,

    I am in a small group at First Presbyterian Church with Joel’s grandmother Erin. Our small group will be praying for you and your family. We trust that our amazing God will hold baby Joel in the hollow of His hand this year and always. I claim the verses from Isaiah 43 for you and for Joel. When you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you and when you walk through the fire you will not be burned because God who redeemed you will be with you.
    In Christ,

    Trudy

  36. Joe Henry on February 1, 2010 3:55 pm

    Ryan and Amy, I want you both to know that you are in my prayers throughout the day…everyday. Thank you for the updates. I look forward to reading about your family and the small miracles God sends your way each and every day.

  37. Amorette Helm on February 2, 2010 11:25 am

    Ryan and Amy, I found out about your precious little boy through Richard Kelley and have been praying for him ever since. My 4 year old daughter, Phoebe, has also been praying for him every night when she says her prayers. She also prayers for his mommy and daddy and big brothers. God is in control and on the throne and we are believing with you that this situation will ultimately be to bring glory to Him. We are praying for God’s healing and protection over Joel’s entire body and spirit. God bless you both and your precious angel!

  38. Paige Hornback on February 3, 2010 8:18 pm

    Still thinking and praying for you every day. I check this site daily to see how sweet Joel is doing and see what your prayer requests are. You should know that God has burdened so many people to pray for your family…most of whom may never write a note here. Sometimes people simply don’t have words, or know what to say. But, even when we don’t know what to say, we can pray! And, when we don’t know what to pray…the holy spirit intercedes for us. Thank you, God, for knowing our hearts so deeply that we need no words to come to you. God, give great comfort to this family and make each day hold a victory in your name. Amen!

  39. Kaehler Sterr on February 4, 2010 1:21 am

    Glory, Glory, Glory, Lord we release your Glory. You are faithful and true. Cancer must die in the name of Jesus. Tumor be removed and cast into the sea. I release the power of Jesus over you. Be healed and blessed.

  40. Monica on February 4, 2010 9:25 am

    Your family continues to be in our prayers. I have checked this site daily to see how your family is holding up and although the news about the shunt is frustrating, I am glad that you are at peace and may God continue to bring you peace through the surgery today and as you face this next week of treatment

  41. Kristal on February 4, 2010 12:52 pm

    My ds was dx with an oliodendroglioma at 17 – so I know what you are going through. Prayers and hugs for you and your sweet baby Joel! May the doctors get rid of the nasty tumor so he can live a long healthy life!

  42. Mary Ann on February 4, 2010 1:05 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  43. Evelyn Trischuk on February 5, 2010 5:50 am

    Praise the Lord for these little miracles every day. Like many others, I have been checking your updates several times a day just to see what prayers are needed. May God continue to work in Joel’s life and continue to surprise and delight you. This “IS” the day the Lord has made; we “WILL” rejoice and be glad in it. May the Love of God surround you and keep you safe.
    God Bless!!!

  44. Tiffay on February 6, 2010 6:12 pm

    i’m prayig for joel I hp he will be ok

  45. Esmeralda Cortez on February 6, 2010 7:28 pm

    This is hard to hear especially when it happens to a baby, but GOD is much more powerful than a tumor and with all of our prayers I am sure that GOD will heal baby Joel. May GOD bless this time of tribulation and seek him all the way. GOD BLESS YOU ALL

  46. Francia Sanchez on February 6, 2010 8:18 pm

    Hi. I’m Sarah’s friend. Just for let you know guys that people in Mexico’s praying for the little Joel.

    James 1:12 ^
    There is a blessing on the man who undergoes testing; because, if he has God’s approval, he will be given the crown of life, which the Lord has said he will give to those who have love for him.

    Also we are praying for my baby cousin. She’s 6 months and she recently had a surgery in her little heart. We believe God can do a miracle, also with Joel. This kids belongs to Jesus. Praise the lord, keep praying and wait for the good news!

    Blessings from Mazatlán, México!

  47. Clay and Karen Cox on February 7, 2010 5:55 pm

    Dear Ryan and Amy,
    We have prayed for baby Joel and we will continue. We do have a big God!

  48. Tina Ostreim on February 8, 2010 12:41 am

    Ryan and Amy,
    Please know that my thoughts, & powerful prayers are with you and your whole family during these long and challenging moments. My heart hurts for you, and I can not begin to imagine all that you are going through. May our MIGHTY GOD stand before you, and hold you up!!
    God Bless
    Tina

  49. DuAnn Bacon on February 8, 2010 8:45 am

    Hello from Colorado, I know Jim Rutherford; my family of 6 will be praying for your precious baby and your family for speedy recovery and strength. God is mighty!

  50. Paige Hornback on February 8, 2010 9:22 am

    A few weeks ago as I was praying for Joel, God led me to Matthew 15:21-31. Two parables–both about healing. This morning, God gave me this for you: Psalm 94:18-19
    When I said “My foot is slipping, your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.”
    God, you are good…continue to support this family and show your love for them. Bring speedy, speedy healing and recovery, and leave no room for anxiety in the midst of it.
    “Do not be anxious in anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the PEACE of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6

  51. Jason on February 8, 2010 4:17 pm

    Today I find it hard to think about Joel without tearing up. I hurting so bad for my little guy. “But the Spirit prays for us with groanings.” Hear my heart oh God!!!

    Love you guys

  52. Miranda on February 9, 2010 12:12 am

    Completely feeling the Holy Ghost right now! WOW! There is an amazing spirit here! Unbelievably amazing!

  53. Kim on February 9, 2010 6:56 pm

    My prayers are with you, God bless you all. Also praying for the doctors and other healthcare workers looking over him.

  54. Laura Jernigan-Hauth on February 10, 2010 9:43 pm

    I live in Bulington, Kansas and read Joels’ story. I am praying for you all. May you feel Gods’ loving arms surround you. May a thousand prayers bless you and give you comfort and strength.

  55. Christie Bradford on February 12, 2010 12:07 am

    Hello, I heard about little Joel through my friend Paige Hornback and was led to tears by the circumstance but more so by your strong faith. I will pray for Joel and your family for a miracle and complete healing and recovery. As well as for peace to surpass all understanding each day.

  56. Paige Hornback on March 1, 2010 8:04 pm

    God hold this family fast in your hand. Do not allow them to become discouraged! I pray protection over them, Lord. Remind them of your love for them!

  57. Paige Hornback on March 18, 2010 1:24 pm

    A song that I read in my quiet time…a Hymn with great relevance:

    He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater;
    He sendeth more strength where the labors increase;
    To added afflictions He addeth His Mercy;
    To multiplied sorrows, His multiplied peace.
    His love has no limit; His grace has no measure;
    His power has no boundary known unto men.
    For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
    He giveth and giveth and giveth again.
    When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
    When our strength has failed ere the day is half done;
    When we’ve reached the end of our hoarded resources;
    Our Father’s full giving has only begun.

    **May it be so for you that God’s resources of Mercy would be overflowing, may He “giveth and giveth and giveth again” and remind you of His love for you***

  58. jacq on April 6, 2010 4:57 pm

    the time has come for a miracle…that God will perform it ad not hold back!!!! God is able.
    praying for you

  59. Sharon Smalley on April 8, 2010 7:21 am

    What a beautiful child. I was looking on facebook and saw the pictures. I will be praying for your family and baby Joel.

  60. Harold Boomer on April 13, 2010 5:43 am

    Lord, pump life into Joel’s body! Remove the tumor as if it was never there. Lore you are a big God and this is so small a thing, just speak it and it will be so!

  61. Joanie Clay on April 20, 2010 6:01 am

    I just want you to know that I’m praying for Joel and your family. With God anything is possible!!! My son had three open heart surgeries, and they said he wouldn’t live, and God healed him. My pastor’s son had Luekemia at the age of three, and he is now 14 and has been healed for eight years. Bless you for your faith, and thank you Father for your love!!!

  62. janie williams on April 24, 2010 6:54 pm

    I pray for you and your family that the Lord will bless all of you in your time of need.Father I come to you in prayer that this little boy is in your hands Jesus,and i know Lord that he is going to be healied through you Lord for by your stripes we are healed.AMEN

  63. Majo Mathew P on April 24, 2010 11:01 pm

    Your faith so amazing……May faith heals Him….

    PRAISING BEFORE UNDERSTANDING
    We believe that praises will abound in heaven because there will be full knowledge in heaven. The fuller the knowledge, the fuller the praise. Everything will be clear when we go before the Lord on that day. The things that are unclear to us today will be clear to us on that day. On that day we will see the Lord’s excellent will in every step of the Spirit’s discipline.

    If some of our footsteps had not been stopped by the Holy Spirit, we cannot imagine how pitiful our fall would have been! Many things, thousands and even millions of things which we do not see today, will become clear to us on that day. When we see everything on that day, we will bow our head and praise Him, saying, “Lord, You were never wrong.”

    “Lord, You were never wrong.” Every step of the Spirit’s discipline is God’s work in us. Had we not become sick that one time, what would have become of us? Had we not failed that one time, what would have become of us? What we faced may have been a problem, but through facing that problem we may have avoided greater problems. What we encountered may have been a misfortune, but through that encounter we may have avoided greater misfortunes. On that day we will see why the Lord allowed all these things to happen to us. Today the Lord is leading us on, every step of the way. On that day we will bow our heads and say, “Lord, I was a fool, because I did not praise You that day. I was a fool, because I did not give thanks to You that day.”

    Therefore, today we must learn to say, “Lord, I cannot understand what You are doing, but I know that You cannot be wrong.”

  64. Paige Hornback on May 4, 2010 2:43 pm

    I just loved seeing those videos of sweet Joel laughing!! It brought such joy to my day! Thanks for sharing!!

  65. Loretta on May 7, 2010 8:13 am

    I love the videos of Joel laughing and saying “banana”! Thanks for posting those. I also loved the videos of Amy’s comedy and really enjoyed knowing a little more about your family. We are praying for all of you always and appreciate you taking the time to communicate with everyone with all you have going on right now. Joel is a lucky baby to have been born into your family. :)

  66. Brett Costigan on May 24, 2010 8:12 am

    Wow. Jesus hover over and plant your life, power, and healing in Joel. Let him fulfill your intent and purpose. Let your glory come. Let your Kingdom come and your Will be done . . . in Joel, Daddy, Mommy, and Family!

    Great work Dad!

  67. STEFFI on July 26, 2010 8:06 pm

    Hey guys u are all very strong never be afraid god is always here for u

    MUM is truly amazing .. god bless u all xx

  68. Kyla Samson on September 24, 2010 9:28 am

    Ryan, Amy, Caleb, Isaac, and Joel:

    My family is praying for you and your family everyday. Thank you for posting pitures, videos, stories and updates. It is such a joy to see Joel smiling and laughing. It truly does brng a smile to my face to see that you are all still going very strong and are very determined to beat this illness. And with God by your side, you will conquer this…I have faith!

    Lord, you love our child as You love all children,
    Bring healing to our child who is not well. Stay by his side and comfort him through this trying time. Keep us ever mindful of Your loving presence Bless us with Your powerful healing and comfort us also. Thank You for hearing our prayer!

    He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
    – Isaiah 40:29-31

    God Bless You and Your Family:
    Kyla Samson and Family

  69. Angela Gray on November 9, 2010 12:02 pm

    Sweet little Joel is absolutely in my thoughts and prayers.
    Thinking of you all.~

  70. Randi Steeves on November 20, 2010 9:48 pm

    How old is Joel now?

  71. amyg on November 20, 2010 10:21 pm

    Joel is 22 months old. He will turn 2 on January 12th.

  72. Ashley Harmening on November 29, 2010 2:07 am

    I am praying for your family!

  73. Paige Hornback on December 7, 2010 10:35 am

    Ryan and Amy,
    I am still praying EVERY day. Joel, you are a sweet and precious gift to SO many. Amy and Ryan, you are simply amazing. We love you.

  74. Paige Hornback on January 13, 2011 3:05 pm

    Joel, Good job opening that present! You were the boss of that wrapping paper! ;) Hahah, I also loved Caleb and Isaac’s voices in the background — what good big brothers! <3 thanks for sharing, Amy and Ryan!

  75. Tanja on March 8, 2011 7:47 pm

    Loyal Lamb Outreach prays for Baby Joel

  76. Paige on June 8, 2011 11:01 am

    Joel, we love you! You look so very handsome with all of that HAIR!! :) Mommy and Daddy, hang in there!! We are praying for all of you! <3 Please let us know if we can bring a meal???

  77. Paige on August 11, 2011 12:45 pm

    You are all loved beyond measure. We are praying always!! Thinking of you daily.

  78. LaToya Mckoy on September 29, 2011 1:38 pm

    Praying :)

  79. Jeana Peabody on October 21, 2011 4:42 am

    I am praying ever day.

  80. Mary on October 21, 2011 12:37 pm

    Hi, wanted you to know that my family and I are praying for all of you today. We’ve put you on our prayer list. May God grant you great peace and give you help and comfort, may His generous love surround and hold you close to His heart. May He bring healing in every way to you all. God bless. (I am Steph Gerken’s aunt, she sent me your link.)

  81. Anonymous on October 23, 2011 2:03 pm

    Hi. You don’t know me but I am praying for you. When my dad was a baby, he had a brain tumor. Now is is 42 and I am one of his 4 children. Never stop believing in the power of God.

  82. Paige on January 12, 2012 12:53 pm

    Happy Birthday JOEL!!!!!!! You make us SMILE!!!!! Amy, I would love info about Joel’s party :) Thanks!

  83. Paige on February 5, 2012 1:38 pm

    I love Joel’s new ‘do. He looks like such a handsome little stud! He can’t help it! No matter his hairstyle, he can’t hide those sweet eyes and cute smile! He is such a doll. <3 All of your boys are so handsome!

  84. Paige on April 16, 2012 3:31 pm

    Joel! I was so excited and happy to see you walking!!!! You are such a big, brave boy!! You make my heart smile <3

  85. Nicole Green on September 17, 2012 7:57 am

    I am new to Third Day Victory church, my husband and family started attending this summer. We went to a church picnic and Blake shared with us about your son. We have a special needs son that has had several difficulties, not as life threatening as yours but hard on us. His name is Noah. I am a nurse and specialize in neurosciences and saw your recent post about the diet regarding seizures. We started taking our son to an Applied Kinesiologist and have seen amazing results. Now our whole family goes there and about 20 people in our extended family. I wish I could speak with you personally to relay the results….life changing! A lot of Dr. Jared’s medicine is nutrition based. If you go to this practitioner with a referral he will give 1/2 off his new patient cost. If you chose to go, say Nicole Green sent you. http://www.allomongak.com/

  86. Paige on November 1, 2012 3:50 pm

    Still praying and thinking of Joel often. We know God hears our prayers! He has answered so many cries from our hearts. Love to all of the Greens, we have not forgotten your battle. May God give you ABUNDANT strength and endurance for this journey. I know He is blessed by your faith. <3

  87. Emily Chambers on February 8, 2013 10:48 pm

    HI I am soooooooooooo sorry about whats gone on. When I saw your youtube video I sent it to everyone I know. We have so meany people praying for him. God is GREAT!! Tell Joel that I am praying for him and to keep your head up. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE WITH GOD ON YOUR SIDE. He is waching over you and has a great plain for you. KEEP your FATH!! This is when you need it most.

  88. Emma on February 9, 2013 1:20 pm

    Dear Joel, Ryan, Amy, & Family:
    Joel is a beautiful miracle, a representation of God’s mercy. Your faith is INSPIRATIONAL. Your hearts are huge. & Your struggle is real. I am truly touched by Joel’s smile and laugh. He’s so handsome. He is full of life. I know he is loved so much, and he loves so much. Your journey has brought a huge community together in prayer. A prayer so strong.
    I will continue to pray any chance I get. I will share the story of Joel and ask for whoever I share it to, to pray with us.

    With lots of love,
    Emma Rose
    16, OH

    Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with Him, we will also live with Him; if we endure, we will also reign with Him. (2 Timothy 2:8-12)

  89. Maggie on February 10, 2013 2:22 pm

    Joel and your precious family,
    I just saw your video and I will be praying for you all. It is such a testimony of God’s grace to hear y’all say that once you pray past the fear, you pray for God to be glorified. And He is being glorified. In Joel. In your family. Praise God that his tumor has been shrinking!

  90. Sarah Fair on February 14, 2013 5:46 pm

    thank you so much for sharing your story. My granddaughter Phoebe Fair age 3 was diagnoised 1/12 and has one more round of chemo left/ never had any signs of recurrance. Praise God. Your story was so encouraging, please keep in touch and visit us at atypical miracle. Where do you guys live?
    we are at childrens medical center in Dallas Texas

  91. Dave on March 2, 2013 10:20 am

    Greetings from Singapore. My prayers are with Joel and your family. Live strong. God Bless.

  92. Karlie Paschall on March 2, 2013 10:38 pm

    Hi,
    I just want to first thank God for you and your family! Your faith in God and your testimony has blessed mine and my families heart. I am praying for Joel and I too believe God hasmany more great things in store . Your faith and love is such an encouragement!
    God Bless

  93. Heidi on April 9, 2013 1:31 am

    I don’t normaly pray, but this just touched my heart so much that i said a little pray, made a wish, and hoped for Jole to have good health. I spead the word to my family who owns a church for them to get together and pray for you all and especially Jole.
    Lots of love, prayer, wishes, and hopes!
    ~Heidi

  94. lila on May 9, 2013 10:59 pm

    I am praying and will pray for him from today on…lets see Joel growing healthy and happy with the grace of God…In God’s eyes all is possible.

  95. Melissa on May 21, 2013 8:43 am

    After watching Meet Joel – My Last Day, it was put on my heart to write you to tell you that not only is Joel an amazing boy, he has amazing parents. Your faith and outlook on Joel’s life and his journey are truly inspirational! I think what was so touching for me was how you were able to stop focusing your prayers on the fear of Joel dying and instead just on God’s grace for him. I know what that did to my heart but I can’t really explain that to you…all I can do is say thank you. Thank you for sharing your story and because of that, changing my life a little. Blessings to you all!

  96. Steve on May 21, 2013 9:57 am

    You both as parents inspire me so much! I can’t imagine what it must be to go through this. All of God’s blessings and love for Joel.

  97. Xhesika on May 21, 2013 2:09 pm

    Your story has touched me to the point of tears. God is by your side at these times, so be strong. I pray that Little Joel will make a full recovery. Have faith in Him, for he will have faith in you.

    God bless xx

  98. Kristen Gershkoff on May 21, 2013 7:45 pm

    Joel is a boy in which anything can happen to him as possibilities for anyone are endless. I want you to know that my prayers are for him tonight and that i hope that Joel will be happy whatever he may do. My prayers are with Joel’s health and your families faith which has inspired me to be that much more faithful. I am empathetic towards your situation and hope that all will be well!

  99. Claire on May 21, 2013 8:12 pm

    Dear Green Family,
    I just watched the ‘My Last Days’ video, and it lead me here. I just went through a hardship with my friend Ellie Sovada, she died in a car crash last month. (Look her up if you want to know more, “Ellie C. Sovada Car Crash Death.”
    I want you to know that you will be in my prayers, I want to wish you and your whole family lots of luck, I am hoping for an amazing miracle from God to help you and the kids through this. The story of Joel is truly amazing, but I also will be checking in on this page for updates on Joel.
    Love,
    The Peterson Family

  100. Maila on May 22, 2013 9:52 am

    You are such wonderful parents and i am amazed by your big faith! Truly God uses you and Joel so that let it be known to all that God heals…Joel and your family will be included in my prayers…i am so touched by your story and struggle and as a parent myself, i will probably do the same thing that you are doing…keep the faith and keep strong…God loves Joel and your family….may the Spirit of God always be with you…Joel will surely go a long way….

  101. Judith from Austria on May 23, 2013 2:45 pm

    You’re such a great family with an amazing faith! God bless you!
    I’ll pray for your wonderful son and for your whole family!

    Greetings from Austria! God bless you all!

  102. Lindsay on May 24, 2013 8:39 am

    Your family is in my prayers now and forever. Thank you for sharing Joel’s story. He is such a fighter and I know that God’s will, will be done! God Bless your family!
    Love and Blessings from Lindsay in Overland Park, KS

  103. Joanna on May 24, 2013 1:33 pm

    I’ve just watched My last days-Joel.I’m amazed and inspired by you as parents! Please keep updating. God bless your family.
    Joanna from Poland

  104. Nina Hinnawi on May 25, 2013 10:49 pm

    I just wanted to say I saw your youtube story about beautiful baby Joel and I cried until I shook and then went to hug my own children. I am praying so hard for him. His sweet face squeezes my heart and I feel like I can’t breathe!!! Babies just shouldn’t have to get sick! Please hug and kiss him for me. GOD BLESS U ALL…..

  105. Alyssa Luiz on May 31, 2013 7:41 pm

    Prayers to you and Joel…As a young mother with a healthy 2 year old your story has touched me and appreciated even more that my son is healthy…i watched Joel on My Last Days and cried my eyes out as my son lay sleeping next to me. Your story has inspired me and made me strive to be an even better parent to him..Love to you all..

  106. Meghna on June 2, 2013 7:18 am

    I just saw your youtube story about Joel. He is a God gift to you and my entire family will pray for your child. Keep fighting till you win and I know that God loves Joel and he will always be by your side. God Bless You…..

  107. Lana on June 6, 2013 9:23 pm

    I just watched your story on Youtube. I will pray for Joel very day. I want Joel to be healthy so bad. He is a miracle. Stay strong! I am sending my prayers your way!

  108. Iris Luna on June 7, 2013 10:20 pm

    I saw your video said Meet Joel and that’s my brother’s name as well so I felt I should watch it. I am praying for you and your family. God is doing miracles with him ever since he was born. May God bless you both and give you strength, faith, patience, and above all hope.

  109. MM on June 13, 2013 1:29 am

    I saw your video on youtube, and well YOU GUYS ARE INCREDIBLE!! Honestly your story is just so motivational!! Your faith in God is just AMAZING, it’s beyond what words can begin to describe! I pray you continue to stay strong in the Lord, and to trust that ALL things work out for good for those who love Him, and you clearly love Him so all thing will work out for good!
    Joel means “Jehovah is the Lord” and Joel’s life is a true demonstration of that meaning, his very existence signifies that Jehovah is Lord, and what’s not possible with man is certainly possible with God.
    I will definitely keep Joel, your little angel, in my prayers, he’s truly a beautiful boy. And i will keep your family in my prayers as well.

  110. Summer Faith Causey on August 22, 2013 6:52 pm

    Joel’s story is so amazing. God is bigger than any tumor he has. God can and will perform a miracle someway, somehow. Your love and faith for God is SO AMAZING. I pray that y’all will continue to have strength though this journey. Joel is so beautiful and cherish each moment. You should really watch The Heart Of Christmas if you have never saw it. I think you and your family would enjoy it. I will always keep Joel and your family in my prayers. God bless.

  111. Joanna on August 26, 2013 2:51 am

    Hello,
    I’ve discovered your story just minutes ago. I am from Poland. I am thinking about your and your kids. Have you ever heard about Gerson Therapy? Please, if not, check it…Lots of energy.Joanna

  112. Daphne Hendrix Simpson on January 10, 2014 4:06 pm

    I hate how I have missed out on you and your siblings lives. I cannot believe that I have only today heard about your sons fight. Know that I will be lifting him and your family up in prayer daily and that the city of Fort Payne and beyond will be introduced to your family and asked to pray as well. Much Love, Daphne Hendrix Simpson (Aunt Vyva’s daughter)

  113. jo on January 21, 2014 9:00 pm

    I ran into your soulpancake video on Youtube.. you guys are an incredible family. Joel and your family’s story has inspired me so much. Your faith and hope in Christ is a huge motivation for me aswell as oothes. Little Joel is already a world changer, yall are so blessed.. bet you are extremely proud. I will keep praying for healing, strength, and peace in your family. love you guys! Blessings!

  114. Ann on March 8, 2014 11:40 am

    I have been following Joel’s story ever since I saw you on Soulpancake. He is such a gorgeous little boy, and you are an amazing family. He has known such incredible love in his life. I am thinking of you all and wishing you a safe journey home today. x

  115. Julian on March 10, 2014 9:15 pm

    Hi Joel and family from Australia! It is the end of summer here, so its starting to get cold, but that means it will be summer there for you soon! I hope you have a great summer with your family.
    When you are all better you should come visit Australia, we have lots of wonderful animals I’m sure you would love to meet, and some wonderful things to see too… if you’re lucky you might even be able to find some Australian food in America, vegimite spread thin on hot toast with butter – I promise you’ll love it!
    I hope you are feeling well and are having a good time with your (obviously) amazing family.
    Stay well buddy, you’re doing great :)

  116. Tiffany on March 12, 2014 11:39 am

    I was on your Southwest flight to Denver, and happen to live in Fort Collins as well. I watched as the crew gave the boys all the goodies, and was truly touched by everything that I was witnessing. I was curious, and googled Joel when the crew thanked you for choosing Southwest. I just want to say that I have been non-stop thinking about your little boy. I pray with everything that I have that Joel will get the miracle he deserves. He and the rest of the family are in my thoughts.

  117. Julian on March 13, 2014 7:29 pm

    Hi Joel from Australia…
    I’m sorry you didnt get to visit here buddy, there is so much you would have loved… but I know you are seeing things we wouldn’t believe… beyond our dreams and understanding.
    Though I dont know you, I love knowing that you and your family will be looked after in all things.
    Rest well good and faithful soldier.

    To Joel’s wonderful family, mine is such a little grief compared to yours, but I grieve with you and will carry what I can of him in my heart for you. He is known and loved here in a small town in Ausutralia… while you sleep dreaming of him I will carry him in my waking thoughts.

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