Saturday, September 8, 2012

St. Jude- Giving Thanks!

 

 

The last week of August my husband and I went to St. Jude with my son for his 3 month check.

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For those of you who don’t know, Jordan is a brain tumor survivor.

 

 

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He was treated at St. Jude 7 years years ago, and continues to beat all the odds.

 

 

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For this we give thanks daily! 

 

 

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We are from Louisiana and had a visitor heading our way during that very week we were at St. Jude.  His name was Hurricane Isaac!

 

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Because of the storm, my son, daughter in love and family came up to stay with us in Memphis.

 

 

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(These flags represent the countries of the children treated at St. Jude)

They have been wanting to visit St. Jude for some time, and this was the perfect opportunity.

 

 

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Jordan loved the company of having his two nieces with him while we were in Memphis.

 

 

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St. Jude is one amazing place of hope! 

 

 

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Did you know that September is the Childhood Cancer Awareness month?

 

 

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On average, 46 kids are diagnosed with pediatric cancer…Every. Single. Day.  And 7 more will die from it!  Those are alarming statistics!

 

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These were the kinds of things we were never aware of until we heard those dreadful words 8 years ago, “Your son has a brain tumor!”.

 

 

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But for now we can celebrate the great news that everything is stable, and we don’t need to go back until February. 

 

 

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Thank God for the vision Danny Thomas had and the promise he made.

 

 

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On September 24th Chili’s will donate 100% of their profits nationwide to St. Jude.  Please join us for a night out to have dinner, and at the same time help support this great cause to raise funds for research.  We must find a cure!

 

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42 comments:

Kristal said...

First, it is great to "see" you again!

Glad to hear he got clean reports again and that family was able to join you and get away from Isaac.

I will put the 24th on my calendar. Sounds like a great date night!

Ruthie said...

St. Jude is awesome! We live in Memphis! Beautiful pictures!

Lighthousegal said...

St. Jude is an amazing place. I know a few families that have had children treated there.
All your photos are great and I am so glad that your son is doing well!! Thank Heavens for Danny Thomas and his vision and for all the wonderful people at St. Judes!
Happy Sunday!

Karen said...

So happy for your son, you, and your family. I know how wonderful those annual visits are once they're over. My daughter is a cancer survivor too. Cancer doctors, nurses, therapists and everyone who helps fight the battle are angels! Beautiful photos capturing the happy annual visit!

Seeing Each Day said...

The lead up to these visits must be filled with such anxiety - what a relief you don't need to return until February. The photo of the flags , along with your description, is very emotive.

Southern Gal said...

I'm so glad he had a good check up. And Chili's is one of our favorites. I'll have to mark it on the calendar!

Lynn said...

Finally an update!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So thankful that things are stable! Assuming everything was okay when you all got back home?
We only need one refuge in the storms of life! Praying!
Psalms 46:1-5 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
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Anonymous said...

I love the story you told through these pictures. Still thrilled about the good news Jordan received. St. Jude is an amazing place, and we are so glad we were able to be with you guys for the week. Great, great shots!!!
Love, Kristin

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wonderful family photos and such love ~ sending you lots of healing hugs ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Thanks for coming by ^_^

Sophi Belle said...

Oh, I am so happy for your great news!! God is the greatest!! Beautiful pics.

Kathy said...

Congrats on the good news. And can I tell ya I so love how you refer to your "daughter-in-LOVE". I will definetly have to remember that. It says so much about you :)

tiarastantrums said...

oh we just ate there last night and donated! My girls were so happy to color their chilis

Donna Williams said...

What an amazing story, and such an awesome collection of photographs to tell it. I'm so happy for you and your son, and getting good news. My oldest son has a traumatic brain injury from a car accident. He had a long road to recovery. I understand your pride and relief that your son is there to help you celebrate life! You have such a beautiful family, and that is the greatest gift of all!

Deanna said...

Oh Susan what a wonderful series of images of your family and of your story. Thank you so much for sharing this part of your life. St. Jude is an answered prayer for so many families. Blessings to you and your family!!

w said...

really appreciated this post. thanks for it. and congrats to your son for being so strong!

prideinphotos.com said...

Your post just thrilled my soul. God blessed you and your family...and God's hand on your son continually. amen amen!!! My oldest daughter is a pediatric endocrinologist and we are constantly talking about St. Jude. What an amazing place.
Laurie @ Pride in Photos

The Artful Diva said...

St. Jude is one of the charities we donate to regularly. I'm delighted to hear how well your son is doing. God bless you!

dawn said...

Hello there,
Hope your summer was full of fun and sunny days with the family.

So glad to hear your son is doing well and staying healthy. I pray it stays that for a very long time. Thank you for informing us about St. Jude and Chili's and the support we can do to help. It's so sad to hear of any child with an illness, how tough it is for them and their families. How wonderful that you got to have your family with you on this trip. The photos and words you shared were beautiful. Keeping you and yours in my thoughts and prayers!! HUGS!

p.s. Made me smile to see you and hubby in the last picture, how cute you two are together!!

Danelle said...

I'm so glad you stopped by my blog today! I was just thinking about you last week and wondering how Jordan was doing. If I remember correctly, you didn't get the news you were looking for on your last visit. It sounds like you got better news this time. So glad for that! Take care and thank you for the update.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Amazing hope, grace, and joy in these photos. Thank you for sharing your journey with us! I raise a toast to hope this night and thank God for the gift of life.

peace~elaine

Teri said...

So very glad your son received good news! Will keep you all in our prayers and what a blessing of St Judes.

Suzette said...

What a blessing to hear that Jordie is stable, God makes a way when there seems to be no way. Yahweh Rapha - I am the Lord that healeth thee. Amen. To think that so much time has gone by since we first met, only proves that God is in it and had His divine eternal heartbeat of friendship for us in it. I love your blog of thanksgiving, such praise and adoration so glorifies the Lord! Our love and prayers to all A,atos ;) Suzette and Emmanuel

Nancy Claeys said...

He looks so happy and healthy -- may he continue to stay cancer free. xo

Beyond Zephyr said...

God bless your son especially and your family as well!

Anonymous said...

What a nice surprise - finding a "family" update on your St. Jude trip. Great timing for support and group celebration of Jordan's great results. Worry break until Febrary right? Makes for carefree shopping for the holidays! Was it my imagination or did Jordan's smile actually seem brighter with his fan club a bit larger than usual? Thanks for the picture visuals of Jordan helping Danny Thomas' legacy shine:=) on! XXOO-Love-Rand & "the boys" (who don't really need an excuse to eat out - but love that i always request they put that bill on our charge:=)

Deborah said...

fabulous post and thank you for your heartfelt words ... we don't have a Chilli's where I live, but I can find one within 60 miles .... see you on Monday, September 24th for a night out for St. Jude's

Tiffany said...

Glad to hear Jordan is doing well! We lived in Memphis for years and St. Jude was always a place of hope. We have a friend who was treated there and participate in the Chili's donation drive each year. Praise for you and your family...

Tiffany

Lynn said...

Our only true hope is in the Lord! Praying!
Romans 15:4, 13 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (13) Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
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Linda Kittmer said...

What a wonderful post! So happy your son is well!!! My nephew-in-love (I love that and hope you dont mind me using it :o) ) is a paediatric oncologist. It takes such special people to dedicate their lives to our children's health. St. Jude's looks like a beautiful facility. Thanks again for such a great post Susan.

Deb Crecelius said...

Congratulations to you all!

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said...

What a beautiful beautiful post!!! Big prayers for your son. You all are such an amazing family!

Erika B said...

Amazing and wonderful news for you all! Take care!

Erika B

Weekend Cowgirl said...

What a wonderful story through pictures. We have a little friend being treated at St.Judes and it is a fabulous hospital for sure... So glad yours is a wonderful success story!

Cottage and Broome said...

So glad the check up was positive! I hope your son continues to beat the odds, he is a handsome young man. Looks like you have been surrounded by a loving a supportive family. Thanks for stopping by, Laura

Stefanie said...

What an inspiring post... your son is clearly someone incredibly special :)

Lynn said...

Praying in Seattle!
Psalms 28:6-7 Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
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deb duty said...

It's so nice that all of you got to go together. And great news for Jordan! I really love the photo of you and Rick!

Vision By MILA said...

wonderful photos! it's sad how in this modern world we can't find cures for some illnesses..

GJ said...

Our faith is strong and will continue to help us through all! St. Jude Thaddeus has helped me so much in very desperate situations. Its wonderful to hear how St. Jude has been a part of your life and your family. Wishing you all the best, God bless!

Lynn said...

These verses offer such great comfort! Praying!
Job 19:25-27 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
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Dina Lettre said...

So glad things are stable, Susan...and that y'all had such sweet supporters with you at St. Jude!

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