Uplifting article about John(Updated May 1)

Discussion in 'Coping and Compassion' started by Brenle, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. Brenle

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    A heartfelt thank you to everyone who is taking the time to read this post. The story below is about a young man, John, now 19, who was first diagnosed with leukemia at age 12.

    His older sister, now 21, had bone cancer at age 5. When she was in middle school, she had her leg amputated. She's presently attending college and doing very well.

    This family continues to suffer, but if you met them, you would never know it.

    John has overcome so much: internal bleeding, cancer of his eye, the list just goes on. And even with all his illnesses, he worked extremely hard in high school and was accepted to a 4 year private college. He has always kept his faith that Jesus will save him.

    Here is the latest update in his "Carepages." Thank you again for taking the time to read this.


    "With only three weeks remaining to the end of the spring semester at PC, John has relapsed. The leukemia has returned in areas around his brain and along his spinal nerves within his lower back. Last Thursday he received the first of 12 radiation treatments to his back. He will continue to receive radiation once a day, until April 30th. Tomorrow, Wednesday, and Thursday he will receive chemotherapy to treat the areas in his head.

    We are very upset with this, especially John. He wants so desperately to be healthy once and for all. He longs for the stamina and coordination that he once had as a soccer, basketball and baseball player. His oncologist is not optimistic about John’s prognosis. We continue to cling tightly to our faith and know that God is our Ultimate Physician under whose care we rely. We pray that Jesus will lay His healing hand on John and cure him of this awful debilitating disease.

    Please, if you can, say a small prayer for John nightly between 7:00-8:00pm. Please help us to storm the heavens and work a miracle for him. We have seen the power of prayer so many times and know, without a doubt, that God has been carrying John through all of his suffering."
     
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  3. Icemann

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    I have and will pray God Bless
     
  4. Brenle

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    Thank you so very much.
     
  5. jordanyosh

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    will be praying for sure!!!!!!
     
  6. Brenle

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    Thank you, Jordan.
     
  7. TrayRene

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    I will keep him in my prayers.
     
  8. Brenle

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    Thanks so much, Tracy.
     
  9. snowwhitesmom

    snowwhitesmom DIS Veteran<br><font color=darkorchid>I'll let you

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    my prayers will be sent, with hugs and hope
     
  10. Brenle

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    Your prayers are appreciated.

    If anyone has an interest in reading more about John, you can find it on this website:
    http://www.carepages.com/visit

    His care page is JohnMontanaro2007. You will need to register to view his many pages explaining what he has had to overcome in his life.

    Thank you,
    Brenda
     
  11. WendyO

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    Will definitely keep in prayer. If you don't mind me sharing this, our church is having a 24/7 week long prayer event next week and people can write down requests/praises on cards and then throughout the whole week people come to pray for the requests on the cards (they aim to get at least 12 people per hour for the entire week - day and night). If you don't mind, I'll put it on one of the cards so he'll be prayed for throughout the week.

    Thanks so much for sharing. Prayer is so important!
     
  12. Kat&Dom

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    I will keep John and his family in my prayers. God bless!:littleangel:
     
  13. Brenle

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    :love:Wendy, thank you for offering to do that. What a beautiful way for your church to help those in need. I am grateful knowing John will be prayed for throughout the week, and I know his family is, too.

    Kat&Dom,
    Thank you for your prayers. :love:
     
  14. Sunset Cliffs

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    Followed this link over from Jordan's TR. Thank you for posting so that others (like myself) can be praying for a person that we would not know about otherwise.

    I have a family member that has been dealing with a very serious disease for many years, and he has a similar faith as John. I know that we are grateful whenever others are praying for him, so I will definitely add John to my prayer list.
     
  15. lovealldisney

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    Prayers going out to John.
    I work for radiation and oncology doctors. I read through many medical records everday. I know first hand what John is going to go with through for treatment. He has a tough fight ahead of him.
    Gods blessing to him and his family and gods blessing to you and your family. :hug:
     
  16. Brenle

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    Jordan is a sweetheart. He offered to post this link and I am so grateful for that. I am sorry to hear about your family member. I have prayed for them as well. Thank you for John's prayers. :flower3:

    Thank you for your blessings. Yes, John's road ahead of him will be difficult, but the road behind him has been just as hard. Intense systemic chemotherapy; portal hypertension, internal bleeding to name a few. God bless you and the doctors in your specialty of care, those who treat patients whose life is a daily struggle. :flower3:
     
  17. englishrose47

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    My Prayers are with John and his family !! Praise the Lord !!
     
  18. luvmarypoppins

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    Prayers for John from a fellow cancer survivor. My favorite verse is Phillipians 4:13. I will pray that for him. Blessings to him always.:hug:
     
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    I will pray, too!
     
  20. Brenle

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    Thank you, Rosie.

    Thank you for your prayers and may you stay healthy and cancer-free.

    Thank you, too, for your prayers.
     
  21. GreatBiscuit

    GreatBiscuit Golden but never flaky

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    Followed the link over from Jordan's TR. I'll keep this family in my prayers.
     

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