Monday, September 22, 2008

Monday, September 22

CJ's little heart finally burst forth all its bottled up feelings today. The dam of emotions that has been building up finally broke. Not that he hasn't cried a lot and struggled all week at what is happening, but today he seemed to begin to grasp the seriousness, longevity and the consequences of the situation. I think in some way Chris and I really did too as we sat down with the educator today for the second half of our training. The first half of our training was the other day to learn the different medications the first part of his chemotherapy would consist of and what side effects could surface. Today's training was about what we need to watch for, how to prepare our home, and what we need to do or, more accurately, not do once we take him home. Much of this was expected but much of this was also a shock and creates a huge sense of urgency to protect CJ as much as possible during this time. I won't go into detail right now about all the do's and don'ts because they are many and we are still processing it all.
As for the heart of a 9 year old boy though, all it took to burst was to hear he could not play sports anymore until this was over. As I mentioned before, CJ loves sports. He was devastated to realize he would not be able to participate in those things he loves while he is going through this. This lead him to finally give voice to the tears that so desperately needed to flow. He punched and kicked and moaned and struggled to accept these circumstances. At first I couldn't see why he did not understand that this was only temporary but then I realized this burst of emotion was about more than sports. He was accepting the fact that his life would be different for a long time. A child can not grasp the idea of 6 months or a year. They just hear no. So we held him, tried to encourage him, prayed for him, and allowed him to vent his frustrations. Then, in time, God's peace began to wash over him and that smile that can part the darkest clouds came back. We encouraged CJ to see this time as an injured athlete would see a rebuilding season. With hard work, determination, and dedication he can focus on rebuilding and strengthening. We reminded him that very often injured athletes come back even stronger and faster then they were before an injury after a rebuilding season. I find it interesting that we were able to use athletic terms to help encourage CJ through this difficult time since the Apostle Paul also used athletic terms to encourage fellow believers to persevere through difficult times. In 1 Corinthians 9:24 Paul uses the Olympic games as a metaphor when he says, "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever." So we too used the perseverance of an athlete to motivate him to stay focused on his recovery and healing.

We also got the results from the PET Scan today. Instead of a decrease they actually found more tumors higher in his abdomen than they previously saw. I will admit my spirit immediately plummeted upon hearing this and hearing the doctor use words like "extensive" tumors in his body. These words ached in my chest as they settled upon me. The temptation to question why fought desperately to creep to the surface but I stayed focus on the fact that although the results are not as we were hoping or praying for, we know God is asking us to still trust Him.

On a lighter note, we were told that if CJ continues to respond well to the chemotherapy he will be able to go home in the next couple of days. So we set our hearts on that goal. Please pray with us that he will continue to defy the statistics and recover from chemotherapy quickly and without complications. Ask God to protect him from fevers and infections as these are the most serious risks at this time. Chris and I are seeking discernment and wisdom in all the decisions that need to be made to prepare the home and family for CJ's arrival.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." Romans 12: 1-3

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43 comments:

Amy Derrickson said...

Hi Dawn,
I stayed up late tonight waiting for your update. I have lots of random thoughts and verses running through my heart and head. When I am able to collect them in a coherent form, I will pass them on.
But for now, this us what I just read in James, chapter 1:
2. Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
3. knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
4. and let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
12. Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
I love you, Dawn. My thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Amy

Anonymous said...

You guys are constantly in our prayers. May the Lord renew your strength.We love you guys!
The Magunas (Roberto & Iliana)

Kevin, said...

My friend, I know I do not grasp what you are going through but, like you, I also believe in His providence and sovereignty and I have seen His hand in this and know that we'll continue to see His glory in what is to come. Please know that you have an army of people ready to serve you to do all or some of the prep that you need at home or anything else. IF you need us we are all here. ;)

Here is a little extract of a great piece that Carolyn Mahaney wrote a while ago, I was reflecting on it today do to the circumstances you are in and also searching my heart with regards to these truths, I hope you find it encouraging.
Love, Claudia

Crisis has a way of rudely reminding us of mystery—the mystery of providence, evil, sin, and suffering. And these mysteries won’t be solved by more reading and study.
D.A. Carson writes:
The mystery of providence defies our attempt to tame it by reason. I do not mean it is illogical; I mean that we do not know enough to be able to unpack it and domesticate it. Perhaps we may gauge how content we are to live with our limitations by assessing whether we are comfortable in joining the biblical writers in utterances that mock our frankly idolatrous devotion to our own capacity to understand.

There will always be an element of mystery in relation to our comprehension of God and his purpose. And especially in crisis. There will always be secret things we are incapable of understanding in our sinfulness and finitude (Deuteronomy 29:29). We must…become comfortable with—and appropriately humbled by—mystery.
But it’s not all mystery. God does not simply leave us paralyzed by the mysterious. In Scripture God has revealed his character, his purpose, and—most importantly—the work of his Son on the cross. These provide us with more than sufficient certainty and comfort in the midst of the most mysterious and perplexing crisis and suffering. God doesn’t reveal to me all I want to know; but he has revealed all I need to know. In crisis situations I must resist the temptation of devoting time and energy to trying to figure out what is clearly beyond my comprehension, and instead devote myself to what is clearly revealed in Scripture about the sovereignty and purpose of God. This will have a transforming effect on my soul.

Anonymous said...

Dawn,
My friend, I also stayed up late tonight waiting for your update. Marcos and I just read it, and are praying for you guys. The Lord brings CJ and your whole family to our hearts and minds throughout each day, and we are continuing to trust in the God of all creation, Ruler of Heaven and Earth, King of kings, Lord of lords...Jehovah-Rophe...Lord who heals. Yeshuah, savior 'he will save'...We love you, and may the Lord fill you freshly with His strength, and faith for what lies ahead.

Marcos and Becky

Heather said...

Hi CJ
I just uploaded some new pic's of the family to my Kodak Gallery. I hope mommy or daddy will be able to pull it up there at the hospital. There are pic's of your VA family.
I love you big boy!!
Aunt Heather

Heather said...

Chris & Dawn

Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perserverance; and perserverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 5:1-5

Our family is no stranger to trials. And when one family member is going thru a trial, it feels as if it might as well be our trial, just as it does now. We have not been defeated yet, nor do we plan on it. We know only victory, and that only comes from the
grace and mercy of God Almighty, Who we have on our side, and Who is always in control!
I can not help but think of the Mighty things God has in store for CJ. Most of us don't face trials like this at such an age. God is preparing him for something so great that I don't think any of us can even fathom. I know one thing for sure, it is gonna be AWESOME!!! And we have front row seats! And you are his chosen parents!
What an honor!
I love you so much
Heather

Aunt Karen said...

Chris and Dawn,
I am hoping that you are sound asleep right now after writing your blog. It sounds like an exhausting and emotional day, and our hearts go out to you. It is amazing how many people your blog is reaching, and each one is praying for and loving CJ! God truly has him covered 24/7! As I searched the scriptures tonight for some words of comfort. I experienced exactly what Amy Derrickson meant by random and incoherent thoughts. We all so badly want to ease your pain, but the news of more tumors is disheartening, and knowing CJ is suffering through so many losses is heartbreaking. With sadness, I randomly opened my Bible to Psalm 91, and my eyes fell on the underlined passages that have carried me through some difficult times. Psalm 91:14 Because CJ has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because CJ has known my name. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver CJ and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.
How perfect for CJ, I thought, and how true! I couldn't wait to share these verses with you. Then it hit me that I had read these same verses earlier today while reading the other comments on your last blog. I scrolled back and found Raul's comment to CJ. He said he is unknown to you but he is a cancer survivor and Psalm 91 is his life verse, and he wanted CJ to have this Psalm. So, now CJ has been given it twice. What comforting words from the Lord, straight to CJ. Thank you, Lord Jesus. We love you, Chris, Dawn, Cj, Allie, Brett and Corey! Aunt Karen

Wilma said...

Hi Dawn and CJ, thank you so much for opening your hearts and soul. Dawn you are a very wise women full of wonderful spiritual wisdom. I will continue to pray that you continue to hold fast to Gods love, peace and wisdom. May God continue to be your shepherd. CJ I will pray that God will also comfort you in any way He can and through the special angels that He will send your way. In His love, Wilma

Anonymous said...

Good morning Dawn,

As I read and pray for you all I am so encouraged by your response! Thank you for drawing me closer to my Savior and for teaching me to be a better parent. My heart truely aches, but our Savior is Wonderful.

Lenny

Alexa said...

Dearly loved Chris, Dawn, and CJ

As I read the emotions that CJ was going through yesterday I can't even imagine the depth of all that must be going through his little heart and what is going on in yours as well. CJ is such a sweet, tender, loving child and you all are such wonderful wonderful parents. God in his mercy has been preparing you for this very moment. I have seen you all grow so very much these past months.

As disheartening as it is to hear that he has more tumors, God is still Jehova Rapha. Not one sparrow falls to the ground apart from the fathers will and CJ is of much more value than sparrows. What God is doing we don't exactly know, but that he loves CJ and your family is not only confirmed in scripture, but is also being shouted through this blog and many other avenues.

Our prayers are with you day and night. Though not with you, we are here in mind and spirit. Rejoicing when you rejoice and weeping when you weep. May God continue to give you the grace to carry on. May you see him today and through the weeks to come in even the smallest details. May his presence, strength, comfort and care be with you and around you as you get more news and make more decisions.

You are so loved by the true living God who gives all strength! The God that created the heavens and the earth and for whom nothing is too hard to do. May your eyes be fixed on Him who never changes who is steadfast and secure as you continue on this journey.

Thank you for sharing your struggles and joys with us.

Much love,
Alexa

Stevie said...

Dear Georges,

I can't tell you how many prayers we lift up for your family daily, how many tears we cry with you.

There is a song on the Psalms cd, (the newest Sovereign Grace cd that has come out) The song is called "Out of the Depths" . This song has ministered to me in my deepest darkest times, and i want to share it with you now. I pray it can comfort you all, especially cj.



Out of the Depths O Lord, I cry to you,
When I am tempted to despair.
Though i may fail to trust your promises,
You never fail to hear my prayers.
And if you judged my sin, I'd never stand again,
But i see mercy in your hands.

More then watchmen for the morning,
I will wait for you my God.
And when my fears come with no warning,
In your word i'll put my trust.
When the harvest time is over,
ANd i still see no fruit, I will wait,
I will wait....for you.

The secret mysterys belong to you,
We only know what you revel.
And all my questions that are unresolved,
Don't change the wisdom of your will.
In every trial and loss, my hope is in the cross,
Where your compassions never fail!


-Stephanie Pino

Alexa said...

Psalm 61: 1-4 Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.Selah

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Blessed be Your name
In the land that is plentiful
Where your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name
When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's 'all as it should be'
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
But my heart will choose to say
You give and take away
You give and take away
But my heart will choose to say

Blessed it be the name of the lord
blessed it be Your name
bless it be the name of the lord
bless it be Your glorious name

blessed it be the name of the lord
blessed it be Your name
blessed it be the name of the lord
blessed it be Your glorious name

Anonymous said...

Dear CJ,
I used to think that high school was such hard work, I dreaded the hours of homework and the higher level math that I didn't understand but was required to do (My parents had to hire a daily tutor to help me!) Daily, I dreaded the anxiety of being friendly to others and craving their approval. Would you believe I ate my lunch in the girls bathroom on the first day of school because I was so anxious about going into the cafeteria? Life seemed kind of fearful, anxious, and really hard.

Then I joined the cross country running team. At one point our coach wanted us to be running 15 miles a day! This meant I had to run 8 miles before school and then the other 7 miles afterwards. Suddenly, school didn't seem so hard anymore...I knew that by 8am in the morning I had already done the hardest thing I would do for that whole day! What is a little Geometry after an 8 mile run?!!! It changed my perspective on all the rest of my day. If I could do such a hard run I could face anything else that would come my way....

CJ, these times of chemo will be for you a foundation building time in your life. A time in your life where you could say at the end of it, "If could make it through chemo as a nine year old, I can face ANYTHING else that life will bring....your faith and trust in the Lord will grow very broad and very thick. So that minor anxieties will not even affect you anymore, minor trials will not cause a waver in your trust because you have come to know your God well. You will have a platform on which to stand in future years when God calls you 'to comfort others with the comfort that you yourself have received'...

So, although sports are out of the picture for the next season of your life, you've got an 8 mile run ahead of you, don't you? Run it well!!!

We love you and pray for you often!
Mrs. Schmatjen

Anonymous said...

Hey C.J.

I am so glad to hear that you are doing well. I know that this is going to be rough for you right know, but things will be better. As your mom said, this is going to make you better, stronger athlete. God has plans for you, and we just have to trust in him. You don't see that right know, but he will give you the strengh to do anything. May you continue to keep your faith and trust in the Lord.

Blessings and prayers
Lisa

Tammi said...

Dear Dawn & CJ:
Good Morning! I hope that today is a wonderful day! I pray that GOD gives CJ a great and peaceful day and that any test results are good and that any treatment he has goes well! I couldn't hardly wait to get to the office today so I could go on line and see the BLOG update! I was very grateful to get to talk to you on the phone last night, Dawn. You sounded just like a little girl again and my heart just absolutely aches for you my sweet sister. I am praying, praying, praying and offering my thanks to the LORD for what He is doing through you and CJ to encourage people everywhere to believe and have Faith. Everyone, please don't stop praying for my nephew and my sister and her family and the doctors and nurses who are taking care of CJ and teaching Dawn & Chris how to take care of him at home. Please keep praying and praying. O.K.? Thank you.
All of My Love Forever & Ever,
Aunt Tammi

David Johnson said...

CJ and Family you don’t know me but I found out about your blog through my sister-in-law. She went to church with your family while living in Florida. She simply asked some of our family to keep you in our prayers and suggested that we check out your blog for updates. I am so very touched by your daily inspiration even in the midst of turmoil. I and our church are standing with you in prayer.

Grandma Colleen said...

Cj,
Good morning my sweet sweet Cj! I hope you slept well and are feeling good this morning. I miss you so much and I will hopefully see you soon. I have a special prayer for you from our loving father.
Numbers 6:24-26
"The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn his face toward you, and give you peace."
Cj I am also reminded of king hezekiah became very ill, and he prayed to God for help to return him to health. This is what God said to him in,
2 Kings 20:5
"I have heard your prayer and seen your tears, I will heal you."
My Cj, please remeber that God loves you so much and delights in you. You are surrounded and bathed in love from you heavenly father and also your family and friends. I continuely lift you up in prayer and I know our awesome God hears. I love you more than life and you fill my heart with joy.
See you soon,
Grandma Colleen.

faith2pray said...

Psalm 116:1-2 I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

Tammi said...

Dear CJ
I just read all of the comments that all of the Cobra Guys are leaving on mom's Cobra website for you and I am so grateful for everyone's prayers. The whole world is praying for you and your family CJ, everyone. JESUS is listening and interceeding for you and the Angels are singing. I love you CJ,
Aunt Tammi

David Bush said...

Hey CJ,

I was surfing the net this morning and I ran across a picture that I thought looked allot like you.

Keep on running the race buddy! You are building spiritual muscles so that someday you will be a strong, courageous, man of God like your dad!

Heather said...

Wow CJ, your buff! I saw the picture Mr. Bush posted. I got a good laugh. I know you did too! But I realized you may not look like that on the outside, but you ARE like that on the inside! Your love & trust in God has prepared you for the battle ahead, your a Mighty Solider of GOD! Just like David!!!
And Chris Big brother, Mr. Bush also had it right about you!! You are a man of God.
Dawn, You are a women of God!
I love you all so much
Heather

TheMustardSeed said...

CJ and Family:
We haven't sent a comment since the first news came.. We have been so consumed with you and the family that all we could do is cry out in your behalf.. The LORD is listening. We are here and continue on our knees and know that JESUS is there with you. Today as we studied the time of Isreal's conquest by Assyria we were reminded of Isaiah 43:1-7.
How the deep waters will not overtake us and the fire will not consume us. Stay strong in the LORD; your GOD is with you.
Please know that all though silent at times we are together with you in prayer.. The LORD has asked us to be still and KNOW THAT HIS GOD.
Our family devotions and personal quiet times have taken a new theme: CJ George and the Family ( our brothers and sisters in CHRIST)
LOVE The Ferros

Anonymous said...

Hey Buddy,

I know you are having the hardest time of your little life right now. I am so sorry for that. There are so many of us that would change places with you in a minute, if the Lord would allow us. And I mean that! Grandma Colleene and Grandma Paula told me they would change places with you in a heartbeat, gladly. And I would too! But, none of us can. But we are with you CJ and love you so dearly! I wish you didn't have to suffer at all, ever. But, this trial will end and lead to something great. I love you sport!

Love,

Aunt Jackie

Anonymous said...

CJ, Dawn and Chris and the rest of the family,
I have been thinking about you all constantly and wanted to leave a comment, but my words just didn't form...that is until i heard the words from God himself. Today I was on the computer when on the TV I heard a piece of scripture from the book of Isaiah. This verse made me think of you CJ (and family)... =)
Isaiah 40:31 "but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
CJ you are such a brave young man, I am inspired and learning more and more from you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayer not daily or hourly but every minute. May the Lord Bless and Keep you!
Dawn and Chris you are also in my prayers. If you need anything (I know everyone is willing) please let me and my family know! We love you guys very much!!
Stefanie Bartels

Roemello said...

Hi CJ! I heard that u got surgery and hope your gonna be fine.I'm praying for u and can't wait to see u.God bless u.

:-)

Your buddy,
Roemello

Anonymous said...

Dearest CJ: I'm sad that you cannot play football..just keep in mind that it is temporary. Only temporary and you will soon be back running that ball down the field. Tell Aunt Penny what you would like to do? You need new games, new books or maybe you can take the time to learn to play the piano. Your cousin Mikey loves music and you write poems so well maybe it would interest you as wait to get back onto the football field. Little Man...You are Strong; God is watching over you..He'll help you get through all of this.
Love Aunt Penny
xoxoxo

Anonymous said...

Hey guys! Tammi sent me an email and I have been praying for you. Please know that Abundant Grace in Gainesville, FL will add CJ to our prayer list.

May God's grace sustain you!

Phil Courson

Dale said...

Chris, Dawn and CJ,

We continue to check the blog and pray for you guys. Besides focusing in on CJ's healing, one of my prayers for you, Chris, is that our Heavenly Father will give you the wisdom and strength to lead your family in this difficult season. I know it is His good pleasure to give you that wisdom.

We missed you guys at church this Sunday. I found myself worshiping the Lord on your behalf hoping that you, in the hospital room, felt presence of the Lord as I was. I'm sure He is giving you some special times with Him that are unique to only your circumstance.

I looking forward to seeing you guys soon.

Dale

Janet S. said...

Hi, CJ. It's good to hear you will be going home sooner than the doctors originally expected. We think of you, talk about you, and pray for you constantly. Love, the Sedano family

Dawn, When I read your blog entry, I too got momentarily discouraged, but immediately remembered that God is in control and He has a plan. I also remembered the treasure God showed me this morning: "The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." Exodus 14:14
George family, we love you.

CeCe said...
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Ily Figueroa and her gang said...

Dawn and Chris,
My heart aches when I read your post. I cried also. But then I remember all of GOd's promisses and I am not allowing satan to rob us of the good news that his tumors are being broken down. I stand next to each and every one of you my brothers and sisters in Christ holding on to the word of the Lord. His merciful and wonderful word. Lord we love you and we all lift up the George family to you. We ask for total healing and restoration to CJ's body, may you put it back to the original way you created him, PERFECT. AMEN
CJ we love you and we will be with you every step of the way.
XOXO The Figueroa's

Pam Standley said...

Hi, CJ! I know you are disappointed that you're not able to do what you usually do, but once you get well...the world better watch out, for the new and improved CJ George. I am so proud of you and the way you are handling all this stuff. One day this will just be a memory and it won't seem so bad. You are a strong, loving, wonderful boy and I have no doubt that you'll be good as new someday soon. Keep up your spirits and know that Mel and I love you. We will come see you when things settle down for you and your family. I look forward to reading your mother's updates. Did you get Chad, Alyssa and Lauren's cards yet? I know they sent you some to cheer you up, but I think they mailed them to the house, so you'll get them when you get to go home, which will be soon, sweet boy. Take good care. You are in loving hands with your family and nurses and doctors and friends. Love you, Pam and Mel

Elena, Jessica and Emily Rodriguez said...

Our Prayer for you:

Father, breathe on the George family, the strength to endure this trial..

Jehovah, breathe on the George family the power to persevere through this trial.

Lord, breathe on the George family the mercy that is Yours alone.

Almighty Abba, father, daddy.. breathe on the George family Your peace to continue to lean on you.

Our Heavenly Creator, breathe on the George family Your sovereign wisdom over all things related to CJ.

Our Protector, breathe on the George family and keep them from harms way.

God, breathe on the George family Your supernatural strength to stay focused on your words and not the doctors.

May God bless you CJ with SuperStar strength and peace.. We are with you and you are in our hearts all day and every day.. Know that we are spreading the word to many prayer warriors.

Love,
Elena, Jessica and Emily.

mechellevc said...

Hey Dawn & Chris,

I hope this is encouraging for you and may God speak clearly to you both - with all the decisions you need to make now and going forward.

Ps 143:8
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go for to you I lift up my soul.

Praying for you all every single day and will not cease! You both are definitely carring the strength of the Lord...

Cj - you look great my friend!!

~ME

Kathy Letourneau said...

Dawn & Chris,

The prayer warrior grapevine spreads to all ends of the world. It's been a long time since we saw you guys last, but we are holding C.J. in our prayers and want you to know that your family is being enveloped by prayers from all over the country! When you find yourselves weary, be renewed in the knowledge that your brothers and sisters in Christ are lifting you up to the Lord and asking that His strength, His healing and His peace descend upon your family.

With love,
Kathy & Kaitlyn Letourneau
San Francisco, CA

Espinosa's said...

CJ Our family is praying for you every day. Thank you for being such a trooper through it all. You are AMAZING and an inspiration to me.

Chris & Dawn we pray for you all EVERY DAY. (((HUGS)))

The Espinosa's
Edmar, Linda, Mariah, Matthew, & Gabriella

Jessica said...

CJ

My heart goes out to you and everyone during these times remember this is only temporarily you will be out on the field sooner than you will know it.

God is shining on your life now.

GOD bless you

Love you guys - Jessica

Nat said...

Hi CJ,

You probably don't remember me but my name is Natalie and I am Lesley Acosta's cousin. I met you and your family a couple of times for Aria's birthday and in Christmas. I wanted to let you know that I am praying for you and your family. I am sorry to hear that you won't be able to play the sports you love but I am certain that you will find new things you can try. I hear that chess is a great game to play and very competitive. Just remember that this is temporary. I wanted to name a few great athlete's that have gone through what you are going through and they've come back to their sports better than ever, for example...

Jon Lester- (Red Sox pitcher) having completed his cancer treatment came back to pitch this year with a no hitter in May.. which is very rare.

Josh Bidwell- (Tampa Bay punter) some news caster asked..What pulled Tampa Bay punter Josh Bidwell through his diagnosis and treatment? "Without a doubt my faith in Christ," he says. "I knew when I had cancer I would be just fine."

CJ and the list goes on. Our heavenly Father is watching over you and He is walking right along side of you and when you need He will carry you through it all.

Tammi said...

Hi CJ & Dawnie,
I love you guys. Today is Wednesday and I am praying that today is a good day for you both and for everyone else, too. I am thinking of you non-stop, I love you all and I am praying, praying. When I pray with little Jerri-lyn in the morning before school, she says to God, "Dear Jesthus, CJ Boo-Boo go away peese, no more sickie, Fank you, AY-MAN." She is so sweet. I hung a big picture of CJ and Jerri in her crib on the side that is against the wall and it is the same picture that I sent you a copy of, it is CJ's face and Jerri's face cheek-to-cheek smiling as big as can be. Anyway, we taped it up on the wooden bars of her crib so she could look at it when she goes to bed and we say her prayers and when I turned out her bedroom light and raised the safety wooden rails on the other side of the crib, the light from the bathroom across the hall cast a shadow through her door that shown a Cross through the wooden rails of her crib the laid right upon CJ's face in the picture. I just stopped and stared in amazement. I turned the light in her room back on and off to make sure that I saw what I saw and there is was, everytime, a shadow of a Cross right over CJ's face in the picture. I know, I KNOW Jesus is watching over you CJ, I know it, and He is telling me, too.
I Love You,
Aunt Tammi

CeCe said...

CJ! CJ CJ CJ CJ CJ CJ CJ CJ CJ! I want to call you so bad!I wish I could visit you so bad. I can't wait for you to come home. You know, when you weren't in the hospital, you only hung out with the boys, and I am now writing these long things. lol. Oh my gosh, I never new how much I would ever *breath* miss you when you are in the hospital! *take another breath*. Wow, it is hear to say all of this. lol. Wait, I am not saying it. I am typing it. If I am typing it, then why do I need to take a breath? Go figure. lol. So, how have you been? I am going to ask my dad if I can call you after dinner. *sigh* You are so cool to be able to stand this. Did I already say that already? Oh well. lol. Ok, enough talking, time for praying. You are up first CJ. Oh wait. I forgot. You can't pray on here because you are not near me. lol. I guess I will just pray for you.

Dear Father God,

You are the one and only God, you can kill his tumors, God, you can help him NOT to get side affects. God, you are the one and only, the fabulous, the AWESOME God, and you can do everything.
Amen

Ok, I want to pray for the George Family (not CJ) too.

Dear Heavenly Father God,

Please help this family be as strong as possible, I know they are very strong, but everyone, can be stronger. Please help them through this hard time God, only you can help them. They love you so much God. We are all asking for you to heal CJ, and to STOP the Georges grief.
Amen

Hope this helps you George family! Like I said in my last post:
Love all of you!
I love you Mr. & Mrs. George, I love you Alibrandi, I love you CJ, I love you Brett, and I love you Cutie Pie Corey! I love all of you!
Wish you all love!

CeCe

Tammi said...

Dear CJ,
Hi sweetangle baby, I hope you don't mind that I am going to use your Mommy's BLOG to say something that I want to say to the person called "ce ce". O.K.?

To: Ce Ce - I Love You, You Are Awesome.

Love,
Aunt Tammi

Tammi said...

Dear CJ:
I meant to say "sweetangel baby" you are not a triangle. (hee hee)
Aunt Tammi

shawn said...

praying for you this morning buddy.
Love you