Your Testimony

January 23, 2010

A sweet woman of God named Fíl Lochlainn wrote this on Amy’s Facebook wall:

“Hello Amy- thanks for your friend request. I guess you saw my post on Stephanie’s page. Many years ago I was in a coma, written off by the doctors. Then people all around the world began to pray for me. And here I am today- praying for baby Joel. I believe in total healing and restoration in Jesus Name, Amen!”

Such an encouragement to us!  We encourage you to post any testimony of supernatural healing that have happened to you or to close relatives below in the comments area.

Revelation 12:9

9The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

10Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Christ.
For the accuser of our brothers,
who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.
11They overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.
12Therefore rejoice, you heavens
and you who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
because the devil has gone down to you!
He is filled with fury,
because he knows that his time is short.”

January 23, 2010 | Comments

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  1. Fíl Lochlainn on January 24, 2010 12:43 am

    Dear Joel, 25 years ago I underwent major brain surgery. Without this operation the Neurosurgeons gave me six months to live. I was also given a 5% chance of surviving the surgery. But with Father God we always have 100%. I survived the 5½ hour surgery and went home two weeks. I am convinced that the prayers of people all around the world played a major part in this miracle. So you see sweetheart, this is why I have rallied people from all over the world to pray for you. Joel, I am certain that Father God has given you a 100% chance too. What He did for me, He will also do for you. Until two days ago I had never heart of you and now you have centre stage in my prayers. And a very special place in my heart. Love to you, my brave wee warrior, from your Irish friend Fíl

  2. Jay Mullins on January 25, 2010 4:48 am

    Dear Precious Little Joel, I dont know you in person but in My Heart and Spirit I feel I do in a very Special way. You are so Special to Jesus. You are a Child of God, His Little Treasured possession. He created you in His own image. He chose the day for you to be born. He has a plan and a purpose for your life. You will Never be Alone because Jesus holds you Close to His Big Beautiful Heart. He feels your Pain and he knows your suffering. Jesus is a Friend that sticketh Closer than a Brother. He will Never Leave you nor Forsake you..He Loves you with an Everlasting Love Always and Forever..I Love You Too, You will Stay in My Prayers……..Your Friend Jay :-)

  3. Krisy Mannon on January 25, 2010 3:57 pm

    Julie told us here at OCR what has been happening with little Joel. I am so sorry. It is so nice to see the prayers from so many distant places and people. It does help I hope for you to see how many people are praying for Joel and your family. I too am praying for all of you. I allways enjoy seeing your little ones either when you come by the office or through pictures from grandma (Julie). Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers…also I would like to help in any way I can. I can help do things around your house while you are away to help when you all come home, or anything else you can think of. Please dont hesitate to contact me for anything. Again my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Take care of yourselves too durning this time and know you are not alone.
    Love Kristy

  4. Chris Skaggs on January 25, 2010 7:25 pm

    Back in July my wife was 24 weeks along with our daughter when her water broke. After rushing to the hospital the doctors gave us some pretty dreadful prognosis:
    “You’ll almost certainly give birth in the next 24 hours.”
    “Your baby almost certainly wont survive.”
    “IF she survives she’ll be a mess. Blind, retarded, cerebral palsy, etc. etc.”
    “Wouldn’t it be better for everybody if we just took care of this and didn’t put her or you through all of that misery?”

    – I was livid –

    But we also turned to God and now we have a beautiful baby girl at home who has been a shocking story to everybody who witnessed it. Elsa was delivered a week later and spent the next three months in the NICU but aside from being tiny she basically sailed through those months as though God just hovered over here as she grew. The constant and repeated amazement of the doctors, the nurses, and the same experts who suggested we should ‘terminate’ her showed us just how much God moved on her behalf.

    I’m joining with you in this prayer for total restoration for Joel and your faith is an inspiration. As someone who’s been somewhere near the valley you walk through now I also pray for you and Ryan. That your spirits are renewed, that your faith is held fast and like Jesus says to Peter, though you’re being sifted now that your faith endures.

  5. Angie on January 25, 2010 9:15 pm

    I have been praying for you and Joel. Praying for a miracle, praying for peace of mind for you, praying for comfort to go around. God’s grace and mercy will get you through. They will be sufficent. All of my love and prayers go out to you. This sweet little boy has been on my mind and heart for a few days now. God bless you and your family.
    In Christ
    Angie

  6. Pat Marotta on January 25, 2010 9:39 pm

    I am praying for all of you. Eight years ago, I was told by two doctors that my then 13 year-old son had cancer. They were positive of this and were already outlining the course of treatment. I, and a number of my friends and family at church, prayed for a healing and the Lord answered these prayers, as I am sure He will answer our prayers for Joel. The Doctor actually told me his was shocked that the tumor they “knew” was there, turned out to be a water-filled cyst. I told him, the power of prayer is the best medicine.
    God bless you all.

  7. Beth Burough on January 25, 2010 10:23 pm

    On March 27, 2006 our 2-year-old grandson, Zachary, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, so we know the path that you are walking! I want to encourage you to PRAISE the Lord–for EVERYTHING–who He is, His faithfulness, His work on the cross, His Word. Just praise, praise, praise!!! Our praise is a sweet fragrance to Him. I quickly discovered that praise drives away fear, as well as every other counter-productive emotion! Every time fear would begin to creep into my spirit, I turned to PRAISE–and the fear left! We truly experienced the poem, “Footprints” because the Lord picked us up and carried us–and we experienced unbelievable peace through the storm!! The price for Joel’s healing has been PAID FOR on the cross! Please know that we are lifting Joel and all of you before the Throne and believing God for a MIRACLE of HEALING for your beautiful baby boy–and peace for you through the storm!!

  8. Paul on January 26, 2010 6:45 am

    I’m a friend of Mark and Tiann Goll’s, they told me earlier today about your son…. Connections are weird in life, God orchestrates things that we can’t understand. I was checking my email before I went to bed and a friend on facebook, who I don’t really talk to much, posted your website asking people to pray, which is how I’m here reading and commenting. I know that God lead me here and I will be praying for you, for Joel, and for his healing tomorrow. My church has a prayer meeting at 6:30 on Tuesdays, I don’t really go all that often cos it’s so early but I was planning on going tomorrow; I feel the Holy Spirit led me here tonight to interceded and so that your other brothers and sisters in Christ whom you haven’t yet met will too.

    Our’s is a good Father,

    Paul

  9. Cindy & Grant Jones on January 26, 2010 5:22 pm

    Dear Ryan and Amy – When I was born the docs said I would be dead by age 12 due to my heart conditon. Several surgeries later orchestrated by His Grace I am alive and thriving at 49. God is good!

  10. Rob Hoosier on January 26, 2010 5:30 pm

    I trust that this will be a word of encouragement. In 1996 after a week in the hospital of tests it was discovered that I had an apple core leision tumor in my large intestine due to Crohn’s and colitis. The tumor was bleeding and completely sucking the life out of me which caused me to have a blood transfusion. The doctor who was probably in his mid 60’s said that he has seen many of these tumors and that approx. 99% of these types of tumors are cancer. He was preparing me for the worse and told me that I would come out of surgery without my large intestine and that I would have an ostomy bag for the rest of my life. This is something that I was not excited about. I told him that I wanted him to verify that the tumor was in fact cancer before he removed all of my large intestine during surgery. I told him that I am believing in God that he will in fact perform a miracle and that I would not have to deal with an ostomy bag ( I jokingly called it a ziplock bag). He told me that he did not believe that this was even possible based on his experience and that no matter what I would have an ostomy bag for at least a short period of time just to heal if by some miracle it was not cancer. After I awoke from a 6 hour surgery the first thing I did was ask if I had ended up with an ostomy bag they said no. I was so relieved and knew that God had answered my prayer. When I saw the doctor for the first time after the surgery he talked with me and said that I had dodged the bullet and he very surprised because he said it was probably the ugliest and nastiest tumor of that kind he had ever seen. I knew then and still know now in my heart that it was God answering our prayers. In your trials that your family is going through I want you to know that this story is by no means about me but has everything to do with the Almighty God who still answers our prayers. We are all praying for you Joel and know that you will grow up to be a fine young man of God.

  11. Jennifer Wisniewski on January 27, 2010 4:11 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Working with children for the last 15 years I have seen the resilience and strength that is unseen in adults. They give you hope with a smile and with a squeeze of hand they tell you i’ll be ok mom and dad. Joel has gone through so much and with your faith he will continue to fight. God Bless Joel.

  12. Jessica on January 28, 2010 11:35 am

    I wish I could see you Amy and give you a big hug! I’ve been though an all too similar situation in the past 2 months with my son. I won’t say that I know what you’re dealing with, because only you know that…but I will say that reading your blogs have brought back lots of memories. I’ve been praying for Joel and your family, and check your blog for updates daily. Your faith is amazing, and it will sustain you through this journey!
    Our testimony:
    My son Noah had surgery on 11/24, at 21 months, to remove a tumor the size of a man’s fist (his scan looked similar to Joel’s, as far as size of tumor in relation to brain size). If we hadn’t discovered the tumor when we did (by CT scan), Noah would have been dead in 24 hours (hydrocephelus, tumor pushing on brain stem). The surgeon told us that he didn’t know if they removed it all, because the tumor began to change color as it lost blood. He received 1.25 his blood volume, and they almost lost him a couple of times. We were told to basically expect a special needs child that would’nt be able to talk, walk, even move his arms because of the area of brain they had to remove to access the tumor; he would have to rel-learn all of this. My husband and I had prayed over Noah, anointed him with oil blessed by our pastor, claimed a healing, and had rallied prayer warriors from all over to lift up our son to the Lord, just as you guys are doing. And it works. When Noah woke up from his surgery he was asking for “Mama!” and “Daddy!” It was the sweetest sound. He was grasping our fingers with his right hand (which he had no movement in prior to surgery). He was wiggling his toes and moving his legs. Over the next few days he remained in PICU w/ the drain, but he continued to progress exponentionally. We were home a week later – our son was running, talking, climbing even better than before we discovered the tumor. Praise be to God! He has overcome the “statistics” even to this day. A few weeks after we arrived home, his diagnoses came from John’s Hopkins: Noah was diagnosed with a malignant choroid plexus carcinoma. We travel to Children’s in Birmingham AL once a month for a 2-3 day chemo. regimen. He is responding wonderfully; a little sick here and there, but God is healing him. We were assured that our son would be healed, but the Lord did not give us the specifics. :) That’s where our faith and trust in Him must grow and thrive. We have received a promise and we are holding to that, despite our external circumstance. We have good days and bad, but we know that our God is faithful!!!
    I want to encourage you both that He has heard your cries, He has heard your praises, He has heard your pleas…and if He has made you a promise He will surely keep it. Don’t loose your hope; if unexpected news comes, remember what you said Amy about God being such a BIG God. He has this, and He has Joel in His care and protection. Isn’t your mind just blown away when you think of all the people that the Lord has reached through Joel, to bring closer to Him? Someone who has never prayed a sincere pray in their life has hit their knees to lift up your son.
    Sometimes I have to fight the question “why?” and replace it with a “why not?” Sometimes I have to put away the medical books with all of their statistics and warnings and stop researching online and remember that with our God ANYTHING is possible.
    I know you are bombarded with comments and emails, but I couldn’t hold back any longer. I’ve linked our website to this comment for our detailed story. Please feel free to contact me at any time for anything you may need. Sometimes all I’m good for is a listening ear. :) Praying for you, and praising God for Joel’s continued healing.

    with love in Him,
    Jessica Crowe

    Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in You my sould takes refuge; in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge, ’till the storms of destruction pass by. I cry out to You God Most High, to God who fulfilles His purpose for me. He will send from heaven and save me; He will put to shame him who tramples on me. God will send our His steadfast love and His faithfulness!!!
    Ps 57:1-3

  13. Kerry Barr on January 29, 2010 5:50 pm

    Hi
    nothing is impossible for God! My woman’s cell and some others prayed for a girl with cancer. I heard today that the doctors did a scan and can’t find the tumour. God is no respector of persons so believe Joel will be healed! Amen!

  14. Karisa on January 30, 2010 4:56 pm

    I have been thinking a lot about your dear baby Joel and things like the earthquake in Haiti and wondering what it all means. I have seen some pretty amazing stories come out of something so tragic. It’s the balance of life. Out of something so bad can come tremendous good as well. Maybe you don’t know what it is right now but God has a plan and baby Joel’s story will touch many lives and hearts. I am just returning to my faith after some very difficult things have happened in my life. I have found God again and see that life is a wonderful place if you build your life around God’s love. I am inspired by the outpouring of love and prayer for your family during this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. GOD BLESS YOU!!

  15. siobhan on January 31, 2010 11:02 am

    While singing “Give me oil in my lamp” this morning- God really put Joel on my heart! He is faithful when we are not, but HE can and will sustain us through all of life’s battles!! He will put oil in your lamp to keep you serving Him, resting in Him, and praising Him. And of course “Hosanna” comes from the Hebrew phrase “Hoshiya na” which means “Save, please!” And he has already saved us and will be our everything!!!

  16. Ryan from the USA on February 2, 2010 2:18 am

    I’ve been praying for Baby Joel and I feel/see Jesus right there w/ Baby Joel tending to him…God Bless!

  17. amy on February 3, 2010 11:17 pm

    dear joel and family, i just thought i would leave a lil something here and testify on my behalf of how wonderful our God is. on Oct. 18,2002 my husband and i were in a terrible car accident. we hit a telephone pole it snapped in half landed on our truck and the electrical cords went everywhere. we were both electricuted with 7,400 volts of electricity. i got it to my forehead and it came out of my feet. i snapped my arm in half, nearly bit my toungue off, and lost 3 teeth, and also had interal burns on all my tissues. i was careflighted to lubbock,tx where they had a burn unit. i was there for 5 days with the doctors telling my family i only had a 50 50 chance of living. but before all that… i also died. i remember it like it was yesterday. after the accident, i had a major concusion that knocked me unconsious. during that state, i believe that i died. cause of what i saw, felt and just in some way… i just knew that i was being called home. the LOVE that our Lord has for us is unlike any other that is known. and that day i felt it. i talked with God as i headed to the gates of heaven where i saw angels waiting to take me… but i knew my life was unfinished. i asked God to please send me back cause i had to keep goin cause i needed to be with my mom.(at this time i was still in high school and my now hubby was just my boyfriend) and with God being as gracious as he is he let me come back. so i am here to tell others about how loving and awesome our lord is, and to never give up hope cause all things are possible through Christ who strengthens me.I completely and totally believe that God can heal anything that is goin on with u. if he can raise an unfortunate soul as myself back from death, then there is no miracle that he can not do. ill be praying for ur miracle. take care sweetheart.~amy~

  18. Jon & Sarah Matzke on February 4, 2010 9:08 am

    We love you. Our God is good. Our prayers are with and for you. Our God is for you. We love you.

  19. Dorthey Phillips on February 5, 2010 4:10 pm

    Hi I am Christina’s aunt. I just want to tell you that you and your family are so inspirational in a time of such confusion, pain, hardship, questions and any other emotion or physical situation, your dedication and faith in our Lord is so amazing. We (my family, friends, and church) are praying for you and your son. I am praying that God will show you that Joel is healed before you have to start this treatment program. I know God can do that. If he chooses not too then we will pray with you through the next year and Joel will be as perfect as he is now. God bless and may you continue to inspire all that you come in contact with. All our love and prayers are with you. Dorthey

  20. Ann on February 9, 2010 7:38 pm

    I hope this testimony of the miraculous healing of my son brings you hope.

    In 1985, when my son was just 2 months old, he had the first of 8 brain surgeries at Children’s Hospital in Denver. They had never seen this in a child before and did not know what to call it other than “scar tissue type material” that was growing all around in his brain. When he was 4 months old, and going in for his 4th surgery, they did not have hope for him even making it through the surgery. And if he did, they thought he would end up in a vegatative state.

    After the 7 1/2 hour surgery, the doctor came out and told me that he is alive and was actually quite strong. The surgeons were not able to get all of the “scar tissue type material” and had to leave it in his gross motor area. They could not take it out without actually taking out part of his brain. So they left it in. If he did regain any mental capacity and the ability to move around, they did not expect that he would ever be able to walk. BUT GOD! had a different plan!!! Matt is completely healed! He did have to have several other surgeries to take care of the shunt, then remove the distal end of the shunt and reconstruct his skull. But he is completely healed!!! In fact, before his last surgery at age 6, when his surgeon saw him, he declared “Here is the boy that has baffled all of modern science!”

  21. Linda Lorenzen on March 5, 2010 5:55 pm

    I have been praying for Joel since my daughter in law told me about it. Then today I was at OCR speaking with Julie. I worked with Julie for many years but did not realize this was her grandchild. Please know that I continue to pray along with many, many others for Joel. You are a strong, faithful family and such a wonderful witness. I have almost lost my children at different times in their lives, one from cancer and one born 2 and one half months early and not expected to make it. He is 32 and a firefighter by the way and my daughter who had cancer is in remission and is a nurse. God is amazing and listens to our prayers. Stay strong, let us help if we can do anything and know we are all praying, praying, praying.

  22. Kim on March 10, 2010 2:40 pm

    My husband, 2-year-old daughter and I have been praying for you all since we heard about you through my friend Sam, who works with Amy’s friend Erica. The connections in God’s family are amazing!

    We pray throughout the day as a family, and our little 2-year-old, Hannah, often prays for baby Joel. We will continue praying for strength for Mommy and Daddy and healing for sweet Joel.

    Cast your cares upon the Lord and he will sustain you. Psalm 55:22

  23. Meaghan Weymouth on March 11, 2010 10:30 am

    You do not know me my name is Meaghan and I found this website from my cousin in law who knows you Angie. I look almost daily for your updates. You have such strength and determination. I am an ICU nurse for adults and a mommy to a 4 month old. I can’t even imagine what you are going through and I pray for your son. As a nurse it is beautiful and wonderful to see from a patient and families point of view what it is like for you. One of the reasons I am an ICU nurse is because I get to spend more time with the patient and the families. You should think about putting this into a book- the entries are beautiful and inspiring. I don’t know how you do it your strength is amazing! Well that is my two cents! I will pray for you and your family.

  24. Suelene on March 11, 2010 5:58 pm

    Hi I just wanted to share my moms testimony. 11 years ago she contracted a very rare bacterial meningitis. Within hours of having symptoms she was in a coma in ICU with only 72 hours or less to live. Well after 3 months of being in a coma she woke up and started to recover. She had to have her fingers and toes amputated and was on dialysis for a few years afterward. Her brother gave her a kidney and the doctors said it couldn’t have been a better match. While some people with kidney transplants have to take 50+ pills a day she only has to take a few. She leads a pretty normal life now and all due to God’s unbelievable healing and mercy. She had many people praying for her and she made it through even though the doctors didn’t think she would. I will continue to pray for Joel to be completely healed.

  25. Mardi Parmenter on March 12, 2010 12:27 pm

    I am now a prayer warrior for Joel, as I found his name from Girlfriends Matter.com and Erica’s post today.
    I am a cancer nurse for adults, infusion and IV access is my daily all day deed, and I am in awe of the families and patients that I meet. I volunteer nurse for 1 week with a non-profit organization, Camp Quality Texas (but we are national-there may be one near your home that your Joel will one day attend?) that helps the children and families living the marathon of cancer treatments get a week off for free. God blesses me so much being with these children, as they trust me to do the right thing for them, and they teach me another aspect of the work I am so blessed to be a part of. I know God is taking care of Joel every minute of every day! Please know that I am with you in your journey as a prayer warrior, and that Just as I am, I know Jesus is with you forever and ever!
    Please keep your warrior team posted as often as you can, and we will lift your needs to God with each request!
    Nurse Mardi
    Houston, TX

  26. Becky Wolfe on March 12, 2010 2:15 pm

    I just want you to know that god can do anything.And he still can heal.l Our God is a good god and he hears ALL the prayers. I hate saying this but God will answer all the prayers the way he wants it to be. And sometimes its not what we want but what he wants for you. He knows whats best for you and also Joel. I’ve seen God answer prayer before and I’ve also seen him answer prayer the way he wants its and not the way we want. But just to let you know you and your family are in my prayers. Continue to trust in him and never give up hope. My god BLESS you and your family. GOD BLESS

  27. Sandy Bryant on March 13, 2010 6:48 am

    Hi Ryan and Amy from Australia,
    Your plight has touched my heart and I am now committing to praying everyday for baby Joel too. Our God is the God of the impossible and I have seen Him do great miracles… trusting for one for your situation. Proverbs 3:5&6. Please know that I will be mobilising all my friends around Australia to spread the word and join this battle in prayer for your family. God bless you all.
    Yours in Him
    Sandy

  28. Dawn on March 15, 2010 4:49 pm

    I’m joining in prayer for Joel’s complete and total healing..may he grow up to be a servant of God, testifying of what God has done for him and bringing others to believe for their own miracles. Amen

  29. Joanie Clay on April 20, 2010 6:04 am

    Five years ago, this brown eyed angel came into my life. We were told that he wouldn’t live through the night, and I was being taken to hold him for the first and last time while he was taken off life support. When the staff first came in to tell me what was happening I cried out to God. My first prayer was, “Please God, save my son.” My second prayer was, “God if this must be, please don’t allow me to become bitter with you, please help me to always love you.”

    Somewhere between my prayers and the hour it took for me to be transported from my hospital to his, a miracle happened. I was told later that during that time my baby had flatlined for four and a half minutes (well past the limit for brain damage). The doctor called his time of death, and one of the nurses who just couldn’t let go kept pumping his tiny heart with her pinky fingers. His heart started again.

    By the time I arrived at his hospital, the doctor said that even though he was still alive he would probably be a vegetable and most likely would still be taken off life support within the next day. For three weeks, we prayed and held to faith even though doctors felt his life hung by a thread and could go at any time. I had never even held him and his little face was covered with tubes, tape, an IV, and a ventilator so I couldn’t even really see him. His heart was exposed with just a clear plastic covering and I was able to see his heart beat. I would hold his hand and read stories to him so that he would know Mama was near.

    But I’ll never forget the first time I saw those beautiful brown eyes. His final surgery was a success and they had finally started letting him wake up a little at a time. The nurse told me to hurry to come see him for the first time. There had been a ceiling leak in the ICU, so the babies had all been moved to another unit. Beds were everywhere with no rhyme or reason. I searched around the room till I saw the bed with his name on it. Landen… Completely tube free, he was bundled up in a colorful blanket and just laying so quiet and curious looking around. As soon as he heard my voice, he turned in my direction. He knew his Mama, and those big brown eyes just looked at me saying, “Here I am.”

    I have never been the same and never knew I could love so much. But the most beautiful thing about everything we went through was the miracle of God’s love. It has also taught me over the past couple of years just how deep God’s love for all of us is to have given His only Son so that we could have life eternally.

    Recently, Landen became sick and exhibited symptoms that concerned the doctor about his heart. He had to be tested for different issues, which isn’t easy for a kid. We were relieved to find out that it was a minor case of pneumonia, but it ended up being an emotional reminder of his miracle and how amazing God’s mercy is. I decided then that I wanted to have a photoshoot of my sweet little boy so I would always be able to show him his story and teach him of God’s love for him. Today’s snow was a perfect gift for us to share a special memory and capture a piece of his story. Today he was my snow angel… Forever he is a miracle that changed my life.

    “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotton Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” -John 3:16

    (To see Landen, look under the category “snow angel” at my blog http://www.joaniesblog.com)

  30. saundra warren on April 24, 2010 9:06 am

    I learned of Baby Joel on Facebook from my friend Petra’s wall aand posts on him and have been keeping up with him since.
    I am praying for this little boys healing and his comfort during this time along with the family members …
    I know we have a awesome God who is in charge of it all…
    HE will prevail !!!
    love and prayers,
    saundra

  31. Rhonda Brown on May 3, 2010 5:16 pm

    Just found your facebook page & website through another friends post and have been reading about all that you have gone through. I’m now flooded with memories of what we faced with our son, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 2 months. His initial surgery was done immediately to remove the tumor and all seemed fine. But, at 7 months old, we found out the tumors were back and had spread. So, we started over a year of chemo treatments. Our son will turn 7 years old this summer and has what they call “stable disease”. Tumors are still there, but haven’t changed shape since the start of chemo. We are finally at MRI’s once a year and can’t believe it! We thank God constantly for getting us through it all!

    Your stories of TPN really brought back memories – he started it at about 8 months old and we loved it compared to the NG feeding tube. After 6 months on TPN, we were able to get a g-tube and did tube feedings for years. At about 4 1/2 years old, we finally got him eating solid foods & now he actually loves food, which has been a prayer for us for years!

    A verse we turned to often was Habakkuk 3:17-18 “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” We personalized this verse to the many different challenges we faced…surgeries, chemo, vomiting constantly, etc. and it helped. We wanted to still rejoice in the Lord and take joy in the God of our salvation.

    Praying for you!

    Rhonda Brown

  32. cathy McDonnell on May 13, 2010 7:25 am

    Amy – Do not second guess yourself !!!! It is God’s Miracle unfolding……I know it and believe it myself in regard to Joel. Lately, after I pray for Joel, God (I am sure of it) has been coming to me whispering….Joel is gonna be okay over and over in my mind to the point now that I say it aloud every morning and night….then I realized it must be God’s Affirmation for Joel and then I just read your most recent post…and it all made sense !!! ). I can also testify that it happened as well to me and my former cancer battle. I, too, like Joel had to suffer a great deal before all of a sudden one day, it started improving (just like Joel is doing now). Praise be to OUR GOD !!!!! Sending love, hugs, and Prayers to Joel and your family, too, Cathy and George from Central PA.

  33. Erin on May 18, 2010 7:11 pm

    I’m a stranger who was connected to Joel’s story through a friend and wanted to share something with you. About 10 days or so ago I had a dream about Joel, which I found strange as I do not know him other than reading this website. Before I tell you about my dream I should tell you that I have a long history of having prophetic dreams- I never cease to be amazed when they come true! Anyway, I had a dream that I was reading Joel’s website and I was reading Joel’s website and you were writing about how amazingly well he was doing and how miraculous it was. I woke up feeling compeled to write you a message about it but was afraid to as I did not want to instill false hope in you. Only a few days later my dream came true as you started writing about how well he is doing. I apologize for not following my gut and telling you my story when this first happened. God gave me (a complete stranger!) a dream to tell me to confirm for you that God is working in miraculous ways in Joel right now.

  34. Julika on June 19, 2010 1:54 pm

    I know from Joels Story over FB and Fil.. i only want to let you know, the the awesome and one and only God heal my Girl from a Epilepsy and for sure he will heal Joel !!! My prayers will still continude!!! God is Good!!!!

  35. Sikandarjit Singh on July 8, 2010 9:04 am

    My dear Joel we will keep on celebrating ur next birthdays together, I AM SURE.

  36. dc mama on July 15, 2010 12:10 pm

    hi amy, you don’t know me but i’ve been following your blog pretty much since joel’s diagnosis. i was reading your post about mourning joel’s development and i wanted to remind you, although i think you already know, that treating cancer successfully doesn’t involve just sheer will to live (although that’s a huge part of it), but a lot of other things, including humor, faith, and a willingness to acknowledge and allow yourself to grieve the things that cancer has robbed from you. it’s really healthy to acknowledge your feelings about his not developing the way other kids are right now, but i will tell you this: joel is going to be fine, he will recover and catch up and in 5 years you’ll never know that this happened to him. i have absolute faith in this, and i hope it brings you some comfort.

  37. Julika on July 22, 2010 1:23 pm

    Dear Amy and Ryan, my dear Friend Fil told me this from the first Minute.. i fell in Love with Baby Joel but not only with him!! You all are in my Prayers and every Person which I told from your Story I told, that you are my Sister and my Brother in Jesus`Name and that it was a Honour for me to pray for Baby Joel and your other Kids and for you! Even we will never meet us- you have a Friend and Prayer here in Germany !! God makes his own and sometimes mysterious Ways and I´m sure that he will comfort you Strenght and Love .. I hope, you understand with my school Englisch what I try to tell you..God is soooo good, please never forget that!! He will heal Joel !!! I love you all !!!

  38. kim galloway on November 11, 2010 4:01 pm

    Amy & Ryan, I am so blessed to have you two in my life. I love reading your blogs of faith, struggle and more faith. You are so encouraging to me. I love how God is growing you stronger and stronger as husband and wife, as family. Maybe it is that unspoken knowing that we share , fighting this battle together. But I feel everything you feel deeply..every word you blog. Tim said something last Tuesday, He said I know what is happening to me (you know we don’t know but he is aware) and Joel does not. That got me to thinking about the way God asks us to come to him as little children. Joel doesn’t know. He just lives everyday. He laughs, cries, crawls, giggles…every moment to the fullet the way little children do. Tim and I just want to be little children playing with our toys, living out today with no worry of tomorrow as if we didn’t know. You see that trust in Joel’s eyes..that peace. I just thoughts that was a apecial thing to ponder. Oh yeah and I want to say too that you 2 are amazing parents..really truly amazing parents. You are being led by God and you are doing such a great job with your boys. I love the talk you Ryan has begun about heaven. I just thought you should know that. We love you and we are fixing our eyes on Jesus with you…HE will never let us down!!!

  39. Donna Cancassi on November 13, 2010 12:00 am

    My son, Douglas, who was brought back from the dead, going on 15 years ago is praying for Joel. The name of his doctor, a hero, was named Joel. I am praying for Joel too!!!

  40. donna cancassi on November 16, 2010 11:23 pm

    May God continue to bless all of you and give you and your family Joel’s restored health immediately in the Precious name of Jesus Christ of Nazarath. Thanks be to God and Glory to Him!!!

  41. Amber Smith on November 23, 2010 9:03 pm

    Thank you Lord, for answering our prayers. Our faithful God is the healer of all! When I started praying about a week ago there was one night I was driving home from work and just praying and crying for …Joel. I missed my exit and I believe the holy spirit was driving the car because I was in deep prayer. I was imagining the tumor and putting my hand on it and asking the Lord to burst His healing light into and heal it. Thank you Jesus for anwering that prayer and thank you Lord for the time I spent with you and Joel.

  42. Nicky Watson on November 26, 2010 7:49 pm

    Hi Joel, I don’t know you, you don’t know me, but I do have some experience about supernatural healing. I pray that the Lord will heal you in such a way that there will be NO DOUBT that You are the great healer, and I know sometimes you do choose to use medicine to heal, but in your case I pray that you will be healed outright supernaturally, to Inspire hearts and lives around you. He is that God of the Impossible, and those who have had a miracle know, that the circumstances required for a miracle, are anything but wonderful to experience! Our neighbour had bone cancer, he was told to prepare to die, there was NOTHING the Dr’s could do for him. Sent him home with massive doses of pain killers, (March 2010)when he had no pain – however, 6 months after diagnosis, he is healed! No sign of any cancer, no explanation. Healed. I believe God can heal you too, and I don’t give you my sympathy or my pity, but my compassion. When Jesus had compassion on others things happened! Be healed in Jesus name!

  43. Jenni Dinis on December 8, 2010 9:40 pm

    I went to school with Amy. I learned of this website about 2 months ago. Since then I have been praying for Joel daily. I have my family and friends praying for him to. I believe that our Lord will heal Joel. Last night while I was praying, I had a vision of the fire of God moving through Joels body… Amen. The Lord’s eye is on the sparrow.

  44. Merrell horton on December 13, 2010 4:35 pm

    About four years ago my grandma had a brain aneurism and flown to Denver on flight for life her. She had surgery right away andshe was not expected to live. She was in a coma for two to three days. There was bleeding all over her brain and she almost lost most of her eye site. We were all praying for her and the doctors were amazed at how powerful and supportive our family was and how much we loved my grandma. She went to a total of four to five hospitals from intensive care to rehab. She had an eye surgery and now her eye site is perfect. The only thing that she came out with was short term memory loss. God healed her and without him there would be no way. I am praying for Joel and i hope for all the best.

  45. Donna Cancassi on January 12, 2011 7:20 pm

    Matthew 6:6 – When you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door, pray.
    Matthew 7:8 – For everyone who keeps on asking receives: and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, the door will be opened.

  46. J on January 14, 2011 9:44 am

    At our 20 week US with our 4th child, we were told that our baby had choroid cysts in her brain, a 2 vessel umbilical cord, myocardial thickening and her kidneys were lit up. We were told that we almost certainly were going to have a child with a severe genetic defect, some disorders in which the baby does not survive from. We prayed and had many people praying for us as well. She was born at 37 weeks IUGR at 4lbs 13oz. She was diagnosed with non-compactive heart syndrome that was recanted and re-diagnosed 3 times. To date she has a folded ear, and fused together toes on one foot. She is very small for her age. Outside of that she is beautiful and happy. Smart and such a blessing. Her heart doctor told us her earlier heart ultra-sounds were not explainable. 2 of the 3 holes in her heart closed on their own. She does NOT have non-compactive heart syndrome. Her kidneys function well. We are forever grateful for our Father in Heaven who can do all things. We have and will continue to pray for your family and shed tears of all kinds as we read your postings.
    God can make Children’s Hospital Heart Doctors say that several earlier images are “unexplainable”. To us they are. Thank you God.

  47. Rebekah Amerin on January 28, 2011 1:11 pm

    Amy,
    I have been following Joel’s battle for a few months now. I was introduced to the site by my second cousin Melinda Bergstrom (Rod Bergstrom’s sister). Although Melinda led me to your site, I believe it was all orchestrated by God. I have wanted to write you for a long time just to let you know how I have been blessed by this journey you have been on. I hesitated to write for some reason and just allowed myself to continue to be blessed by your posts and pictures. However, after Wednesday and today, I felt compelled to write.

    Wednesday morning just before Joel’s MRI I was on my knees in my youngest son’s room begging God to heal Joel. I asked him urgently in Jesus’ name to heal this sweet boy, and I told Him if He would heal him today I would tell everyone about it. After the preliminary lumbar puncture results came back I was a bit taken aback, but, like Amy, I was strangley calm. I heard that still quiet voice tell me to just wait for the final report. In fact, I had a meeting at our church that night, and I asked the people at the prayer meeting to please pray for Joel. I could not shake the feeling that we should wait on the final report. Imagine my elation when I read Thursday morning about the miracle that occurred in Joel’s body. I was not at all surprised. I simply praised God, wept for awhile, and started telling everyone I knew. I know that Joel’s healing was not because of any deal little me made with God, God is good. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. You have had so many prayer warriors battling this battle with you, and God has heard their prayers and your prayers.

    Today when I read your post, Amy, about struggling with fear now after you have received what you have prayed for, I was shocked that I totally emphasize with you. As a mom of four boys, I think it makes sense to me because I struggle with fear also. I heard a pastor say just the other day that we are never prepared for the battle after the battle. He said that after God has delivered us from a great battle, there is often another battle just on the horizon. The enemy wants to rob us of joy any chance he gets, especially when we have reason for great joy. Let us and all of your prayer warriors pray you through this fear. Rest in God’s Word. What God says is truth. Perfect love drives out fear, and we as humans do not understand perfect love because we are incapable of it. However, God is love–perfect love. I didn’t mean to go on and on. God just laid it on my heart to tell you what a blessing you have been to me. As a mother who struggles with fear, you seem so brave to me. Your insight, your spiritual growth through this trial amazes me, and I am humbled reading about the past year. Thank you and I will pray that this fear will leave you and that you can celebrate with Joel and family and friends. Let’s never be afraid to love completely and fully to our capacity to love. Let’s let love completely drive out our fear so that fear has no place in us. Easier to say than to do, but what is impossible for God? I love you and Joel, and your entire family, Amy. I don’t know you, but I know your heart. You are a sister in Christ, and if I don’t meet you ever on earth, I will rejoice in Heaven with you someday. Take care of yourself and your precious little ones. Joel’s healing is a miracle straight from God, no question about it, and nothing and no one can take away our joy!

    Rebekah Amerin, Clifton, Kansas

  48. tom erickson on February 13, 2011 10:56 am

    Amy and Ryan,
    I have been ready to write to you in this blog, but waited until I was assured that God wanted it now. I am Rod Bergstrom’s cousin and have been following Joel Evan’s story with great interest. You see, we all have a testimony to share. Hebrews 10:23 tells us to hold fast to our confession. My story of God’s intervention in my life began on December of 1983. I had what I thought was a typical family life, beautiful wife and two wonderful children. In December of 1983 our selfishness split us apart. Things spun out of control until we divorced in July of 1984. The world will tell you that this in normal and you should get on with your life. My decision of bringing salvation to my house on December 22, 1983 was to be the beginning of anew life for all of us. In the fall of 1984, we began dating which led to our remarriage on February 8, 1985 (It’s been 26 years !) There is so much more to the story of how God has dealt with us in the years since. The part that you might find relevant and interesting is that we were blessed in 1987 with our third child. His name is Joel Evan Erickson.
    An important point of my testimony is his birth. My wife Julie was a month late in delivery. By the time the delivery began, it was too late to do anything other than birth him normally. Time dragged and when he was born, he was blue and breathless. The head nurse was a little Holy Ghost filled believer named Faith Ball who immediately got help from several other nurses. I know to this day that like Elisha at the bedside of the Shunammite woman’s son in 2 Kings 4, our believing nurse breathed on Joel and he lived. Today he is a healthy 23 year old. God doesn’t ever change. Explain things away if you wish. I don’t know why things happen but I know that He directs them. I love you guys and your testimony. Hold fast to it and boldly share it with others.
    Psalm 19:14
    Tom Erickson

  49. cathy McDonnell on April 19, 2011 7:49 pm

    CONGRATS Sweet Baby Joel on becoming a Big Brother today !!!! God Bless the Green Family, Fondly, Cathy and George from Central PA

  50. terry cogdill on January 31, 2012 6:22 am

    baby joel has been in our prayers since i fond out about him,you all and joel are constently on are prayer list, may our LORD bestow blessing upon your whole family !

  51. Frances on April 18, 2012 5:46 am

    Hi there.
    As I was reading and praying I remembered when I was two years old, I had Encephilitus. I believe it was an attack on my life because God had great plans for me. I almost died but a doctor saved my life with the right medication. When I was 23, God called me and I did missions training for five years and realized this at that time, that God has plans for us, to use us for His kingdom here on earth. I really believe that our lives are ONLY in God’s hand. No one can take away life or give life like Him. Therefore, trust in Him.

    Baby Joel, God has plans for your life. May they be done in Jesus name! amen.

  52. Lacey on May 3, 2012 6:24 am

    i started reading this blog shortly after it was created (a lady at my church led me to it). i have cried and rejoiced with your family over each moment. i pray for Joel every day, as i pray for my niece (who is almost 3 now, recovering from multiple heart birth defects). i had a major God-moment yesterday, as i spent over an hour in the waiting room at my local children’s hospital (a boy from my church was having heart surgery) praying over every child i saw. i teach 1st graders on Wednesday night, and our lesson was “Never Give Up on Praying” and we watched a video on your family! (Group’s “Living Inside Out”). As so many kids and teachers awed at the pictures, i rejoiced knowing the story and getting to introduce my kids to your family, as if i actually knew you personally. God bless you guys, your family ended a major God-Day for me, one that i definitely was NOT expecting (nor knew i needed so badly!).

    Love and prayers – Lacey (John 15:13)

  53. Karen Robertson on July 5, 2012 6:27 pm

    Joel, I met you when you were an infant at the Christian Comedy Association Conference in Murphreesville (?). I even have a photo I took of you. When I heard about your cancer, I was heartsick. My grandson, Les Paul Fountain (LesPaulFountain.com) was diagnosed with medullablastoma brain cancer when he was just four. He is 13 now and in spite of some handicaps, he is a great young man who loves the Lord Jesus Christ. I lost track of you for a while and recently got your website back in my sights by Jason Earls. I am soooo glad to hear that you are doing great and have become a big brother since I lost touch. God bless your whole family.

  54. Melinda Bergstrom on July 18, 2012 6:04 pm

    Hey Joel! Look at you! Your such a cutie, too cute to be going through all of what your going through. God must really have something special in mind for you as a young man because he never gives us more than we can handle and we all here on earth think you have handled more than your fair share in such a short time. Prayers are going out on your behalf all over the state of Kansas, not only from family but from friends who feel so close to you in this time of your life. Hang in there and remember that God is in control even when he doesn’t seem to be! Love Melinda

  55. Pauline on February 10, 2013 1:34 am

    I am so blessed to read all of these amazing testimonies of God’s love and power. He truly is amazing, awesome, and willing to move mountains for us. Joel, you are a precious little boy with angels surrounding you, assigned to minister to you and your family, and to do battle on your behalf. Even with all you have come through, consider yourself blessed, love, because God holds you in His hands. You are such a precious child!

    I did want to share some quick testimonies, some personal, some I know about:
    A lady my mom went to church with when I was a baby had several children. When one of her boys was a baby, he died. She had gone into the nursery to check on him, and he was cold, blue and lifeless. She acted on her gut instinct, which was to call her pastor and ask him to pray. He had arrived at the lady’s home about half an hour later with some others from the church. They gathered around him and just started weeping and praying for him, and he became red and warm and started to cry. He came back to life!
    I heard of another child who had a large cranial/facial tumor. When the mom prayed and picked the baby up, the tumor fell off!
    A lady I went to church with in 2006 had a cousin in the hospital in a china. The doctors said she won’t wake up, and if she does, she’ll bein a vegetative state. My mom have her an announced prayer cloth and told her to put it in her cousins sock. 3 days later, she woke up, and started introducing her family to the doctors! She went home a week later, perfectly h healthy.
    When I was pregnant with my daughter in 2006, doctors told me I had a hereditary blood disorder. I was told she had a 1 in 4 chance of having the full blown disease, which would have required blood transfusions at birth and could kill her. I prayed sooooo hard for her! During this time, I moved from the east to west coast. I didn’t get my medical records in time, so I had to redo everything. When the results came in, the doctor was baffled and said it looks like I never had the disease to begin with. She was born perfectly healthy.
    At the same time, when I was 7 months preggo, my mom got a letter saying her mammogram was abnormal and they wanted to do an US. That, too, showed a mass. They wanted to do a biopsy. Right before my daughter was born, we went to a revival. The preacher prophesied and said my child was going to be a baby of faith. He prayed over my mom, and when she went to get tested again,, the tech even said it was a miracle, and called others in the room ro look because it was

  56. Wendy E MacAskill on February 10, 2013 3:59 pm

    hi my name is Wendy MacAskill im amazed at the story of joel evan green. i was born with rare syndrome called schizencephaly its a cephallic disorder that affects the spinal cord and brain and its a neural tube defect.. i also have cp, am deaf and blind, and have adhd, ld, seizures but nothing stops me.. i take three seizure meds a day and know it isnt easy.. those of us with rare diseases have to teach others what our lives are like. when we do that, we educate others what i have is a mild to moderate form of cephallic disorder according to the genetic specialist i saw. now my dr want me go for mri to ch eck for slits in brain which are common with schizencephaly. always have your faith in god and he will bless you forever with joel.

  57. Kayla Korpics on February 10, 2013 4:32 pm

    Hello Joel, my name is Kayla Korpics and Im 14 years old. I came across your video on YouTube and all 12 minutes all I could do was cry. The video made me realizehow thankful I should be for all I was given. God works in strange ways somtimes little guy but, he has an amazing plan for you. Not only am I inspired by you but, I am also inspired by your family for being so brave and staying strong through this long rigorous process. I will be checking all the updates daily to see your progress. Even though I haven’t met you, I feel like you and I are so close. You will be added to my prayers every night. Stay strong bud. <3 love Kayla.

  58. Sherron on February 11, 2013 1:29 am

    6 years ago I lost over 100lbs and my eye started to bulge out. My body looked like a walking skeleton and my face looked like something from a comic book. I was diagnosed with a thyroid condition called Graves Disease and was told that it would not go away on it’s own. I was told that my eye would need reparative surgery and that it would still probably look somewhat bizarre. I was told that it could be fatal. I was told that I would need to be on meds for the rest of my life to do the work of my thyroid. That’s what the doctors said. God had different plans. My cousin and her husband called me one day out of the blue from a city a few hours away that they felt the need to come and pray for me. They drove to my house. We prayed. I cried. I didn’t believe in miracles at the time because I’d never seen one with my own eyes. I thanked them for coming to pray for me but it was just a polite courtesy because in my head I thought it was in vain. I went in for testing to start treatment a few weeks later and a couple of days later my doctor called me with the results. She said whatever medication that I was on was working. I told her that I wasn’t on any medication. She was silent and said she was totally stumped. I told her there was no reason to be stumped that it was a miracle and God had healed me. My doctor said that there was really no other explanation! God is still performing miracles signs and wonders. They’re happening all around us. Joel, you and your life are all of those things! Your mom and dad are all of those things! Your siblings are all of those things! I will pray for your complete healing in Jesus name and believe with your parents. To Joel’s mom and dad you are lights that shine so brightly in this world of darkness. I’m amazed at your testimony. I love you and God bless you!

  59. Brittany Cowan on March 7, 2013 3:56 pm

    Amy and Ryan, I am currently a freshman in college at a private christian school. Over my first two semesters I have been having a huge problem with my grades. They just don’t seem to be showing just how hard I work on a daily basis. Today as I was walking around campus my faith weak and barley hanging on by a thread I was ready to give up on everything. I was ready to pack up go back home and call it quits. Then I saw your video on youtube about Joel. What an incredible journey y’all have been on and your little man Joel has went on. I just wanted to send y’all this and tell you guys that the faith y’all have displayed during these hard times is something I find amazing. You have been through so much more then I could ever imagine yet your faith is stronger then any I have ever seen. I just wanted to send this and say thank you, because of y’alls faith and the story of Joel I know that even in times of hardship God is holding on and he still cares and that even just faith as big as a mustard seed can save a life who brings joy to so many. Thanks y’all again. SO much. God Bless! I’ll be praying for y’all and for your sweet gift Joel.

  60. Elizabeth D. on March 15, 2013 10:58 pm

    I was diagnosed with severe scoliosis in my spine this past summer. Last weekend, I went to a youth retreat I attend each year. But this year was different. Last years speaker, Paul Dabdoub, had introduced our youth group to how real our God is and all the wonderful things He is doing. Its a long, but AMAZING story. Well my back had been hurting all weekend so my youth group decided it was time to.pray over me. So they all laid hands on my back, and invited the Holy Spirit and just back praying like crazy. One member of the worship band that weekend had begun to speaking in tongues, and then another band member screamed, “Check it!”is at the same time. So we lifted up my shirt to see that my spine had literally move halfway from where it was toward then center. It was amazing!!!! So we weafter praying again, and after about three more prayers, I no longer had scoliosis!

  61. Daniela on April 12, 2013 4:51 am

    I am 19 years old. Everytime I hear of people going through trials as big as yours, I always get sad at the thought that they don’t know the love their Heavenly Father has for them. I am overjoyed by the faith that you have. I know that your faith may waver in strength from time to time, but remember that that happens to all of us. Thank you for sharing your story. I know that this could very well happen to me one day, and your story brings me peace of comfort. Thank you for the love you have for your children, and for being an incredible brother and sister for me, as children of God. I love you both, and if I ever meet you at some point in our eternal lives, I hope I can tell you how much I love you both, personally. A whole bunch of us at our church will be paying for comfort in your lives. Stay strong, and don’t forget to rely on those who love you.

  62. Lisa on April 27, 2013 12:53 pm

    Please read about Bob Beck and his research on cancer. Watch the movie, “The beautiful Truth” a documentary that shows how diet can cure cancer.

    I pray for this little one and I feel for you.

    I watched a little girl die of neuroblastoma she was a fighter. She went to St. Jude’s for a bone marrow transplant and was in remission for 6 months but then she lost her 3 year battle. She waited to see her brother come home from school to say goodbye. The tumor had grown around her spinal cord and she could no longer see at this point. Still she was strong………she studied about angels and said she would soon be one. She wanted Christmas in July and so it was, her last holiday and a joyous event. If there had been more time and more knowledge on the internet at that time maybe she would still be here…………one never knows when God has other plans but there have been cures for cancer since the 30’s and diet is crucial to survival.

    I mean no disrespect to the medical field or your treatment this is however a message that I continue to pass to people who have loved ones that are fighting this horrible disease CANCER!

    The device that Bob Beck invented is an alternative to chemo and it makes hair grow not fall out! They even have schematics to make the device or you can purchase it at the site link given. WE are electrical beings….this device is to purify the blood.
    I will continue prayers for you and your family that you are completely cured little one! Bless you!

  63. Elena on May 8, 2013 12:35 pm

    Dear Amy and Ryan,
    I recently saw Joel’s story on you tube and it brought me to tears several times. I have a similar story to yours. My son Luca was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma in 2001 when he was almost two years old. After his initial surgery to resect the 5cm tumor on his cerebellum, he underwent 18 months of chemo, and 30 days of focal radiation. However, the tumor came back after about a year and a half of being off treatment. He then had another surgery to remove the tumor(this time a craniotomy) and more radiation to the spine, followed by 2 autologous stem cell transplants. I am thrilled to say that he has been cancer free for 6 and half years. I know that the Lord has healed him!! He has many special needs as a result of all of the treatment. I am able to give him an extremely healthy diet, as he has had a feeding tube for 6 years. He also has hearing aides, and is non verbal for the most part. However, he is here! Glory be to God! You both are incredible parents. Keep up the good work, and know that there are others who understand what you are enduring on a daily basis. Even though I do not know your family personally, I feel we have a very spiritual connection. We are praying for your family. God Bless Joel!

  64. Juan Gomez on May 30, 2013 4:47 pm

    You and your husband are a true inspiration to parents everywhere. I saw Joel’s “my last days” video and was moved beyond words. The strength and faith you and your husband displayed showed me that although ya are blessed to have Joel, he too is blessed to have parents like you. God bless ya and Joel.

  65. bernadette debay on June 6, 2013 2:55 pm

    i just wanted to say thank you. thank tou for not giving up on that special little boy you have. hes something special and you have been thru sooo much with him and he deserves the world. keep giving him the love and keep having faith and hope in your lives. i hope that one day soon this will all go away and you can all finally have some easy times ahead.

  66. Anna Hasselbring on June 9, 2013 2:31 am

    Joel & family,

    I pray for you all everyday. That Joel may be healed by the miracle of Gods work and that your family continues to keep the faith, strength & hope alive. Your relentless faith in The Lord is absolutely inspiring. Thank you for sharing your stor with the world…you exhibit the grace, love & humility that God wishes for us all. Bless little Joel & bless your family.

  67. Madison on June 11, 2013 1:24 pm

    I watch the Soulpancake video about Joel on Youtube. Instantly, I fell in love with Joel and the rest of your family. Thank you so much for giving him everything you can, all the love and sacrifice. Your family is beautiful. I wish all the luck in the world that Joel will get better and pray for his health. ? Your family, your story has changed the way I look at life, and at love. I wish you all the best.

  68. Claire on June 18, 2013 12:50 pm

    Amy and Ryan,
    While I’ve never posted a message here before, I want you to know that I think of Joel often and check up on the site regularly. When I watched his video on YouTube, I was moved in a way that words cannot describe. I can’t believe the level of compassion I feel toward Joel and your family, considering I’ve only had a glimpse of this difficult time in your life. This being said, I hope all is going well. Haven’t seen an update in awhile and I didn’t know whether to be concerned or rather understanding that caring for a family and a sick child is a time-consuming, energy consuming, daily responsibility that, no doubt, takes first priority. Sending love and prayers your way!

  69. Dan Garrett on August 6, 2013 6:44 am

    I just read your post about your trip to Washington, DC and how your family struggles with the expense. I have a wife and 2 sons of my own (2 and 11) so we cant afford to offer any financial support. However, if you ever need to come to DC again, I live on Maryland’s beautiful eastern Shore (Eastern Side of the Chesapeake Bay) and I commute in to DC daily so the trip from where I live to DC is an easy one. You have a free place to say if you ever need it. My family has more than enough room as we have a big home on the Chester River that is very peaceful and private. Please call on me if you ever have to make that trip again. I would love to support you and your family in any way that I can. Thank. Dan -

  70. Sue on October 21, 2013 2:36 am

    Josie had tumors in her brain and spine. She went through chemo & radiation and it was not successful. They then followed an alkaline diet & she is now cancer free.
    Check out their website.
    http://www.bennunez.com/healingjosie/Josie/Details.html

  71. Rap on November 22, 2013 6:45 am

    Hi Joel and the Green Family.

    I just watched your video by SoulPancake. Honestly, it just brought me to tears. I just couldn’t imagine the difficulties and challenges that you’re facing. It’s really hard. And definitely, faith in God is what keeps you going. I just to say hang in there. Thank you for showing me how important relationships are. How love can really change things. Indeed, that’s all because of God’s love in you. Praying for you.

    Much love straight from the Philippines.

    Rap

  72. Kaylie on November 24, 2013 5:09 pm

    Dear Amy, and Ryan,

    Please know that my heart, among so many others are with you and your family at this time. We are constantly praying for not only Joel’s healing, but for your family, and that you may be able to find the strength you need to carry on.

    Your family has been thorough trials bigger than most have/will ever face, yet you have faced it with such strength, courage, and faith. I also wish to tell you of how much love God has for your family. No one ever fully knows why God throws such trials at us and our families, and yet he does. I believe that trials are meant to strengthen us, and to test, and try our faith.

    I also wish for you to know of the faith that I have in our Lord, and God. I know, and I testify to you that when Joel’s earthly journey comes to an end, you will see him again one day. This earth is but a small piece of Gods bigger, and greater plan for us. When our journey on this earth is done, we move on to greater things. And I know, and testify that your family will be reunited as a family again one day.

    Please remember that God has nothing but the utmost love for you, and that He will not ever give you any challenge bigger than you can handle. He is the creator of all things, and He knows all things.

    1 day at a time, that’s all anyone can do.

    You have such faith in God, and I admire that.

    Hold on, God loves you, and He is always at your side, now, and forever more.

    Our prayers are with you and your family continually. I pray that you may find the faith, and the courage you need to continue on your journey.

    Sincerely,
    -Kaylie E.

  73. Hearts and Horses on January 10, 2014 4:31 pm

    Dear Joel and Green Family,
    It was such a joy and inspiration to meet you all today! We are so blessed to have had the opportunity to meet Joel and your entire family.
    Meeting Joel has been a highlight for our team, we are so honored to have had the opportunity to make Joel’s wish to ride a horse come true! We will hold you all in our hearts and prayers as you journey to San Francisco.
    With love, Hearts and Horses.

  74. Heather on January 10, 2014 6:44 pm

    I haven’t read all the comments, but has anyone else brought up the treatment option of a ketogenic diet? Cancers feed on glucose, or ferment glucose or something like that, so the thinking is to only feed proteins and fats and the body and brain do fine on the ketones, but the cancer starves. Google it, there seems to be plenty of new research. Praying. Trust the Lord, he goes before you and hems you in behind. I know this to be true.

  75. Paula Bridger on January 12, 2014 10:44 pm

    Green Family,

    I sit here just in shock as I wonder what to write. I was browsing through my facebook page and saw your story. What a story- A story that brings so many memories to my mind. My brother’s name was Joel- It is a beautiful powerful name- a name that carries strength, pain, wonder and love. My Joel would have been 35 the day before Thanksgiving this year- he passed away in July. Our family understands the “what will this doctor’s appointment bring” We waited so many times to hear both the good and the bad news. Joel was diagnosed with his first brain tumor when he was just 2.5 years old. We went through Chemo, Radiation, and eventually many surgeries. Joel never stopped teaching our family things. He never let the tumor get the best of him. I love my brother with all my heart and I ache for you knowing that your path will seem long. He was never to live past 5, then never to make it out of surgery, never to leave the hospital- but he fought. He passed away two weeks before my wedding, and we celebrated his life 2 days before I wed. But he was there- in my heart.

    I write not to tell you my story but to give you courage. There is joy and sorrow interwoven and flowing. The road seems long sometimes and never ending but it is a wonderful road. I wouldn’t have missed traveling with Joel for anything. I wish you strength and courage. I wish you hugs and love. Your family will be in my heart. Your journey with Joel will define you as people, with define a path you must walk, and define a course for life. But it will make your life so wonderful. I would love to share my Joel with you and I will keep up on your Joel. What a great name for great people!

    Paula Bridger-Jones
    paulzpkb@hotmail.com

  76. Molly D'Andrea on January 20, 2014 4:54 pm

    I’ve never been able to think about what I should write. Everyday, I’ve come to this page, scrolled down through the testimonies, and stared blankly at the little blinking dash, reminding me that I should type. Until today, I haven’t been able to. While many people put the title ‘hero’ with one that wears a cape and flies through city streets; I believe whole-heartedly that the only person on this Earth that deserves that title, is Joel. Joel is a hero, the strongest boy to ever live. Everyday, I have come to this website, checking the updates, the testimonies, clicking through photographs and tearing up at the videos. Joel is the most amazing, most adorable and by a clear mile, the strongest little boy. Through his fight, I see it in his face, in his smile, that what all of the doctors say is wrong. Green family, don’t let what they say hurt you. Your Joel is the strongest boy, and he will fight through every diagnosis, and live a wonderful, fulfilling life. My best wishes to you all, and hopes that his new treatment program goes well.

  77. Bryan Rayner on January 26, 2014 12:34 pm

    Praying for you guys. I was worried about the cancer I had during my 9th grade year, a Hodgekins type lymphoma, returning last summer. I was feeling pain and lumps around where the lymph nodes were. I was super worried, but just was praying and Jesus told me to just trust Him. I had a thought as I was going through that time, “Hey, you know, I’m going to look back on this and say I made it through. One day, I’ll be looking back on this victoriously.” I thought I was crazy for not worrying, loosing my head, and running to the nearest clinic to get examined. But I was just listening to God’s voice, and He brought me through it. I AM okay. I don’t know whether or not I had a relapse, but I just felt my neck and nothings there. I recently had a chest XRay and a physical, and I’m clear of any abnormality. I was right – the faith I had, that I’ll be able to look back on this with victory, wasn’t in vain. God came through.

    One day, you will say the same thing. Our Father isn’t a wimp, and He isn’t subject to change. You aren’t crazy for trusting Him. Your prayers are not in vain. He’s powerful among you, and working His Kingdom through you in this. That dragon, Cancer, was defeated 2000 years ago on the cross and I know as much as it will try and rear up His head, our God IS there to deliver.

    Love you all – He’s with you

  78. Linda Next on January 30, 2014 3:46 pm

    Hello, I’m from Czech Republic and I do not speak English, but thanks to translators in Google for a long time and every day I watch the story of your baby boy Joel. My great admiration goes to all the family. It is very difficult to stand by your baby and not being able to help him. Joel is very brave and will remain in my heart as well as Zach Sobiech. I pray to God and say, where are you God”? The world is so bad people and those you allow God to afflict diseases Joel? So small and innocent boy …..? I pray that God will recover and Joel gave strength to overcome the disease. Accept my embrace. My thoughts are always with you. I pray that Joel stood and could start a new treatment ……

  79. Claire on February 8, 2014 6:05 am

    I think about Joel everyday, and I know I’m not alone in this regard. I’m concerned, though, about whatever illness has been going around the Green home. I know you want to spend as much fun time with Joel as you possibly can, but i can’t say to do so at the expense of your own health. While it sounds like the boys are seeing gradual improvement (I think Disney will do that for a child), but from description of mom’s current condition on Joel’s Facebook page, I strongly recommend seeing a doctor, even if at an urgent care facility. The emotional stress probably isn’t helping matters, but I want health and happiness for the whole family. Best wishes and God bless

  80. Eric Hamm on March 6, 2014 6:52 am

    Hey there- My name is Eric and three years ago I was starting to use an electric wheelchair with multiple sclerosis and was walking with a cane. God has restored the years that the locusts have eaten – bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all of his benefits: who forgives all of our sins, and heals all our diseases – Psalm 103:5–6

  81. Eric Hamm on March 6, 2014 6:54 am

    Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. I am now running, lifting weights, and have returned to doing occupational therapy – please feel free to call anytime – 336-341-9287. Eric

  82. Claire on March 8, 2014 12:59 pm

    Amy and Ryan,
    I admire the level of faith in The Lord that you have maintained throughout this whole ordeal. This has been quite a journey, and while I can understand its heart aches and difficulties, I know you have been able to love and spend time with your Joel in a way that most parents will not. I don’t wish illness on anybody, but the way you know and love Joel is beautiful, and your acceptance, your faith that this is a journey that God is leading, is just as beautiful. You’re not afraid. You know that God is before you. Wherever this journey takes Joel, you have done terriffic things for him. And whether this journey continues and he is healed or if it is concluded with a seat in Heaven, Joel is a lucky, lucky little boy. I wish you all the best in this trying time and I thank you for encompassing what it means to carry out and live God’s word. You are a wonderful example.
    Claire

  83. Molly D'Andrea on March 10, 2014 2:54 pm

    I never thought I could love someone so much, someone I’ve never met, someone like Joel. To Joel, Isaac, Caleb, Elijah, Ryan, Amy and later on, Zoe – you are all strong and amazing, and my heart is with you all, every second of every day, and I pray that Joel will become stronger instead of weaker, healthier instead of ill. I hope that you are well, and I wish for the best for Joel. With his tendency to defy all odds, I know that he will continue to do so, and power through these new tumors, and he’ll become the strong, healthy, and happy boy that I know that he will be.

  84. Meghan on March 13, 2014 3:05 pm

    I am so, so sorry to hear about Joel’s passing. There are no better parents or family to have had him though, and he was so loved in his short time here on Earth. I can’t imagine how difficult it is to lose a child, although I’m sure you’ve been grieving your loss for a long time already. I first saw Joel on the Soul Pancake video and I’ve followed your journey ever since and your faith has been inspiring. May Joel finally rest in peace with no more pain and suffering.
    All the best to you and your family. <3

  85. Molly D'Andrea on March 13, 2014 7:33 pm

    Joel

    It’s funny how
    someone you don’t know
    can affect your life
    in so many ways.

    It’s funny how much
    you want to tell someone
    how much you love them
    and everyone says that they’ll hear you
    wherever they are.

    I don’t believe in heaven.
    I don’t think I ever have.
    But there’s gotta be something out there,
    right?

    I want to tell these people somehow
    that he was five
    and didn’t deserve to die.
    I know they were prepared.
    And had been for four years.
    And he might have been prepared too.
    But that doesn’t stop fear.

    AT/RT
    I didn’t know what it was until I learned.
    Sometimes I wish
    I never watched that video
    and never got involved
    in the lives of
    people I can’t help.

    I wanna know what his last smile looked like.
    I wanna know what the last breath sounded like.
    I wanna know if he met Zoe.
    She’s due in 5 weeks.
    I wanna know what his three brothers last said to him.

    Did they say goodnight like always?
    Or did they know it would be different?

    I never read the bible.
    But I think I should tomorrow.
    just to know where Joel went
    on March 13th, 1:52 am.

  86. Daniel Kammerer on March 14, 2014 8:16 am

    All my best to you and your family, i am sitting at work with tears in my eyes. Thank you for sharing this moment. As a parent, this is getting to the core of my existence. But strong people like you and your family give me hope that you can live through any hardship with love.

  87. Egon (Italy) on March 14, 2014 11:23 am

    Joel, riposa in pace – rest in peace.

  88. Diego on March 22, 2014 8:03 am

    Sweet dreams Joel, que descanses en paz….

  89. Valerie on March 23, 2014 6:28 pm

    Hi,
    I’m truly sorry for your loss. I couldn’t imagine the pain that you all are going through. I know he’s in a better place. Stay strong and thank you all for sharing Joel’s story. May he rest in peace

  90. John Thompson on April 3, 2014 1:14 pm

    I am a Christian therapist in Olympia, WA and have been working with alcoholics, drug addicts and hurting people for more than 20 years. Three years ago I left my high paying job and opened a non-profit because I felt God calling us to a different kind of therapy ministry. I quit my job thinking that my wife’s income would be enough for us to live on and that if God called us into this ministry he would provide… a couple of days after I resigned my position my wife was laid off and we had only her unemployment income and no health insurance… two months later my 15 yr old son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes and almost died… I was very upset with God as my son was going through his initial treatment at Children’s Hospital In Seattle and I couldn’t understand how he could guide me off of this cliff in our lives… a few months later while we were still learning to live with this new insulin dependent lifestyle of five to six injections per day I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease – my immune system began attacking my kidneys and my kidneys stopped working… over the past three years I have been through five rounds of Chemo and high doses of prednisone hormonal treatments… God had guided me to a job working with heroin addicts and we also kept moving forward with the non-profit ministry – I would get up at five AM and leave my house not knowing if my son was alive and go to work with heroin addicts from 6:00 Am – 2:00PM and then go to the nonprofit from 2:30 – 7:00 PM all the while losing my hair, and throwing up twenty plus times a day and the Prednisone kept me from sleeping… In the midst of all of this I was still very angry that God had lead us over this cliff- I learned that he is my father and he wants me to be as real with him about my thoughts and feelings as I want my own children to be with me… My anger and frustration with his ways has made my relationship with him stronger not weaker. I guess my message to you is that God is always faithful even when we can’t understand it and he wants us to be real and genuine with him even if that means that we are angry… but don’t let that anger keep you from trusting him… I still have chemo treatment every six months, my family is still struggling with my son’s diabetes and I continue to serve God twenty four seven because I know that he has healed the most important part of me -my inner being and that this body is just a temporary shell – it is not me! I was drawn to your website from your You-tube video – and I wrote down a few things that you said that moved my spirit – “We get reminded on a fairly regular basis about what is really, really, really important…. Family is important, love is important, these relationships are important so it changes how we act with each other… There’s grace for today! And then it shifts, you’re not praying anymore because you’re scared… You’re just praying for God’s Glory”… Your son’s very short life may touch more people than if he had lived a long healthy 90 years… THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR STRUGGLES AND THE HOPE THAT YOU’RE SON HAS GIVEN SO MANY! You and your family will always be etched into my morning prayers.
    John

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