Sunday, September 14, 2008

Thank you and Update


Thank you all for all your warm responses and comments. We have read each and every one to CJ. We wanted to update you on the latest as of today. He did very well today. He is a little tired and still dealing with the back pain but we saw lots of smiles, heard lots of giggles, and he sits here in front of me a happy boy who feels very loved by all his family and friends. We thank each and every one who has come in these past two days to encourage him and spend time with him. As tiring as it is we know it is an important part of this process for him.
We did not get much new information today but we got two new pieces of information and both were good news. We are rejoicing and thanking God in each no matter how small. The first was that the chest X ray that he took yesterday came back clear so it has not spread into his lungs.This was expected but we rejoice for the positive result none the less. The second is that the biopsy scheduled for tomorrow will be done with the less intrusive of the two procedures we were looking at having and for that we also rejoice. I can not explain it medically at this point but basically he will be put to sleep and they will remove enough sample tissue to send off for testing. He will then recover from the procedure and hopefully go home tomorrow. Based on that, we are asking that you hold off on visiting tomorrow until you hear further from us. We will post results about his recovery as soon as possible to let you all know how he is doing.
We thank everyone who has offered to help and asked how they can be of help to us. The first and foremost need we have is your prayers. Pray for him however God leads you to intercede. Right now his immediate needs in prayer are for him to not be nervous about the procedure tomorrow and for it all to go speedily and well. Second, we have been told and are realizing this is going to be a long road for CJ and our family. So I ask for your perseverance along side us. Please press on in prayer even when we are just waiting on results. Please press on in encouraging us. And please be patient as we wait to see what our practical needs will be. We won't know until we get the results of the biopsy and know what his treatments will be.

Our church has asked for a voluntary church wide fasting and prayer from Wednesday to Friday. If you feel lead to participate we would encourage you to do so. There will also be a time of group prayer at our church office Friday morning beginning at 6am or Thursday night at the Mahfoods home beginning at 7:30pm. If you need information about how to get to their home in Pembroke Pines please call Dale or Janet Mahfood at 954-450-4328. Our church website is www.palmvista.org for directions to the office in Miami Lakes.

CJ is sitting right here and I am asking him what he would like to say to everyone. So here it is..."Thank you for all your prayers. The have calmed me and helped me have joy. Please pray for our family and for tomorrow's tests."
Love, CJ

35 comments:

Noel said...

Dear CJ,
You are in our prayers buddy. Micah has the fun picture of you both on your jet ski on his dresser. We had such a great visit shooting arrows with you that Micah even got his own archery set for his birthday. Each time we look at your picture we are lifting you up in prayer.
Psalm 28:7 "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and I am helped."
With hugs and lots of love,
Micah, Abby, Joanna Noel & Dave Anderson

Sam Carrillo said...

Hi Miss Dawn!
This is Sam Carrillo. CJ and your whole family are constantly on my mind and in my prayers. I have asked my youth leader to bring him into prayer at our church. If you need anything at all, please don't hesitate to call me or my family. My mom is usually at school in the morning, but I'm here at home and my brother (Andy) is here if I'm not. :)
Sam

My sister is standing next to me and she has a message for CJ: "Remember that I commanded you to be strong and brave, so don't be afraid the Lord your God will be with you every where you go" Joshua 1:9 I'm praying for you CJ!
Adeline

Amy Derrickson said...

CJ,
I just want you to know that our family and church and friends are praying for you. Both Jacob and Ashleigh told their Sunday School classes about you this morning in churh.
As I read through the other posts, I stand amazed at how many lives you have touched and will continue to make an impression on. God is using you to reach out to so many people; what an awsome oportunity for you.
Jacob and Ashleigh had so much fun at your house this summer, and hopefully we will be able to see you again soon.
We love you, and you have a bunch of people in Davie, Weston, Virginia, Maine, Tennessee, etc. praying for you.

Gabriela said...

Dear CJ,
It was great spending time with you today, we were so sily... Please remember GOD is always with you , and tommorrow everything will go fast and smooth. I can't wait until you get home,
I will be praying while i'm in school for you tomorrow.
your pal, Justin.....


Hi Papi,
I was so gald to se you lugh so hard today with Justin, I pray to the Lord to give you calmness and strength to be relaxed tomorrow morning or your procudure. I have faith te LORD will be with you every step of the way.

DAWN and CHRIS I know you can feel like a cloud of prayers.... I pray that God give you strenght through all this... As you know , I'm here for you and can count on me for what ever...I love you guys..
Joe and Gaby

Anonymous said...

CJ, Whats up bud?
This is your big cuz Scott up in Va. I know I have'nt seen you in a few years but know that I love you more than anything. I am praying for you always. Don't sweat the procedures today. I've been put to sleep 5 times and once they put the mask on, the next thing you know you are waking up. Stay strong my man our God will be with you all day. Love you,
Scott

Christine said...

Dear CJ and George family,
We stand with you in prayer. CJ, tomorrow when you have to get the tests that the Docs told you about, remember...The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

When i am scared it always comforts me to think about God being a big strong shield around me. It also helps to sing a little song! :-)

Love Mrs. Cris (Tarasiuk) for all the Tarasiuks. (luv ya, Dawn)

shawn said...

Hey

Heather said...

Hey CJ,
I just wanted to say HI again!!! We love you and are thinking about you. Don't worry about tomorrow sweetie! Your lil cousin was out in less then 30 seconds last Monday!! ;) Remember turn to the light (God) tomorrow if you start to feel nervous. Like you wrote here on the blog. God is with you and hearing all the many prayers for you!
I was so happy to see the pictures of you. I printed the one out of you, daddy, and mommy. It is on the fridge. I also have it as my background on my computer. I wish we were down there instead of here in VA right now. But you are always in my heart, thoughts, & prayers.
We love you so very much
Aunt Heather & your cousins
<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3

shawn said...

Hey little buddy,

I have been praying for you so much for tomorrow but I know you will be fine because you are so brave and so strong. You always have been. God made you that way. I am so proud of you buddy and I love you so much.

Uncle Shawn

P.S. By the way, if you dont remember your cousin Scott who left you a message above...He is the one with the really, really, big head.

Heather said...

LOL...Uncle Shawn had to thrown in the big head comment!!! hehehehe
He does though....He left his NY Giants hat here and I could fit 2, yes 2, of my heads in that hat :0

Heather said...

I love you Scott......and your big head too ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi there CJ!! This is Aunt Karen up in Virginia. I found out that you are in the hospital that I used to work at. I bet all the nurses and doctors go home and tell their families that they are taking care of the sweetest, nicest, cutest, funniest boy ever, named CJ!! We are praying that Jesus will show the doctors how to fix what is making your back hurt, and we are praying that you won't be too scared. We love you, CJ!

Do you know what Uncle Terry and I saw when we drove home from Aunt Heather's the other night? A BEAR!! Yup, the black bear was on the side of the highway, obviously lost. He was watching the traffic go by and he looked scared and confused. Just then, a train went by behind the bear, and that scared him even more. He was really cool, but I don't think you would have wanted to pet him. LOL

So, CJ, you hang in there and remember that your family in Virginia is always thinking about you and praying for you. Tonight, we all got in a circle and prayed for our precious CJ. Do you know who was there praying for you? mama mary, uncle terry, eric and jenn, scott, uncle shawn, aunt cara, aunt heather, maleena, marissa, carlos and me. Oh, I almost forgot Bailey. He was there, too, but I can tell you about him next time. Now wrap your arms around yourself and squeeze, and that is a hug from all of us to you!! We love you, kiddo!! aunt Karen

Wilma said...

Hi Dawn and CJ, I woke up this morning with a prayer for both of you and for the people guiding your decisions. I know that you are not alone and that God will guide you and lead you. One of my favorite verses that has helped me through challenging times is Psalms 23 "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 'Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:1-4 Wima

the Herrero family said...

Dear CJ,

The Herrero family is praying like crazy for you, little man. Most importantly, we're holding fast to God's promises, especially these bits from Isaiah 43:1-5

Thus says the LORD, he who created you, he who formed you, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you. Fear not, for I am with you.”

If there is ANYTHING you need, you can count on us.

Love,
Mr. and Mrs. Herrero along with Sofie and Marcos

Candy Loftus said...

Hey CJ,
I don't know if you remember us but we're Jim and Candy Loftus and our daughters are Kiera and Clare. Kiera and Clare are Cindy and Pam's nieces and they played with you a few times in your backyard. We are so sorry to hear you're not feeling well and we're all praying real hard that you'll feel better soon. Kiera and Clare say hi and they said a special prayer for you in church yesterday.

Dawn and Chris, I know it's difficult, but be strong, and know that all your friends and family are pulling for you, and are here for you, if you need anything.

Your friends,
Jim, Candy, Kiera & Clare

Tammi said...

Dear CJ
I Love You So Much. I am Praying for you and your Mommy and Daddy and your Sister and Brothers, too. I Love and Adore you with every single inch of my heart and soul. You are so awesome and wonderful and exceptional and I just wish I could be there with you to hold your hand and support you through this. I will come there as soon as your Mommy says its time for me to come see you o.k.? I will, I promise. Travis says to tell you he Loves you this much and he strechted his arms out as far as he could stretch them out and then Jerri copied him. She means it too. We love you CJ. So Much. Big Hugs and Kisses. Big ones.
Love Aunt Tammi, Travis & Jerri-lyn

Morla family said...

Dear George family:

you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Please, keep in mind we are here for you in whatever you need. We are also great babysitters :) if and when you need one, keep us in mind.
Hugs,
Ray, Dayti, Geri and Genesis

Derek Murrell said...

CJ,

My wife, Amy, and I have been praying for you!! You are very strong, and your strength is and will continue to be an inspiration to many. It's an inspiration to me! I think about you and your family quite often, and count it a huge joy to know you! We'll do some Jiu-Jitsu next time I see you, but you have to take it easy on me;) I miss all of you guys, and will continue to bow in prayer before my Father on your behalf!

Love you buddy!!

Derek

Derek Murrell said...

oh, and there is a whooooollllee bunch of people that Amy and I have asked to pray for you... from Virginia to Delaware to Massachusetts and even all the way down in Texas... and those are only the one's I know of!

Hang in there, bud!!

-Derek & Amy Murrell

Amber E said...

We are praying for CJ and your family all the way up here in Raleigh. May God Bless you through this process and may you be able to see and feel the Lord stirring as you walk this path.

Ily Figueroa (Heartsyearbook) said...

Hi CJ,
I'm very glad to hear the good news of your x-ray. We are all praying for you. I know the Lord is with you. You are one of his little angels on earth. GOD bless you tomorrow and remember he IS WITH YOU!!!!!! ALL the time.
Ily Figueroa from Hearts

Pam said...

HI PRECIOUS LITTLE CJ WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU EVERYDAY AND LOVE YOU VERY MUCH!! WE WILL BE WITH YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY!! ALL OUR LOVE ALWAYS THE RODRIGUEZ FAMILY PAM,JORGE,AYLYN,JACKIE,JOHN&JAKE. PS MY MOM SAID THINGS WERE HECTIC AT THE HOSPITAL SO WE COULDN'T COME SEE YOU BUT WHEN YOU GET HOME AND SETTLED WE WILL VISIT YOU WE MISS YOU LOVE JOHN&JAKE

Pam said...

Hi Precious little CJ We are praying for you each and every day and we will be with you every step of the way!!!!! we love you very much!!!! Always the Rodriguez Family Pam,Jorge,Aylyn,Jackie,John&Jake

Pam said...

Yea I finaly figured out how to do this!!!!! love you lots Pam

Anonymous said...

Dear CJ,
We just read Sunday's update and lifted you and your family up in prayer. Chuchi says, "do not be fearful because you maybe fearful, but remember God's love and strength is always with you." Chuchi remembers going over to your house for the pumpkin carving last year and the Single's garage sale. We all had a great time and are here to serve you. Chuchi will be drawing you a picture and we will mail it to your house. Hugs, the Aviles Jr. Family

Amber S. said...

C.J.

I just wanted to let you know you will always be in our prayers.
May you continue to trust in the Lord with everything that is in you and he will use you to do great things. He has an awesome plan for you C.J I really believe that.
Isaiah 41:10
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Keep on trusting Him C.J.!!!!!
We love you!!!

Amber

Anonymous said...

Dear C.J.

Just wanted to let you know that the Fabregas are praying for you. I have the picture of you with your parents that your mom posted on the blog page as my backdrop on my desk top to pray for you every time I look at it. And believe me, I'm on my computer a lot. ;-) We love you little buddy and I wanted to let you know....I love WAR BALL!!!!!!!

   

Noah Sedano said...

Hey CJ,
I had a great time playing football and Mad Gabs with you at the hospital. When you get home, we can play airsoft wars again. ;)
My family and I are praying you get better soon.
We love you and God loves you too!!! Here is a verse that I think shows just what God is going to do for you. Numbers 6:24-26
"The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you and be graciuos to you;
The Lord turn His face torward you and give you peace." Your freind, Noah

Janet Sedano said...

Dear CJ,
Reading your poems have been such an inspiration to me. You made my day. You'll have to give Noah, Amber and me some tips on writing, because you are really good!! I've always wanted to be a writer, and you are a natural writer! A gift from God, I'm sure...just like you are to your family and the rest of us. You've got to post some more as soon as you're feeling better.
We are thinking of you and praying you get all better soon. See you soon. Noah can't wait to come over and play with you again. He's been begging for an air gun. ;-)
We love you, CJ!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

CJ, I am reading all these comments to you and ...... you are one loved guy!! :) Isn't great to know that SO many people are praying for you DAILY? So many people are TRUSTING GOD to heal you. SO many people are filled with hope for you!

Cj, Sunday was a special day, dedicated to praying and interceding for you. In the morning, Joe and I fasted breakfast and prayed for you. After lunch mind and joe got to visit you (i hope they told you that i wished i could have come!) After they got back later that night, a group of us stopped what we were doing and got together and started praying for you.

Some of them didn't know you as well as us Pinos did :) and asked us to tell them more about you. We said you were a center of joy for your family. You loved telling jokes and making people laugh, but that you were incredibly mature too. That you are very observant-

"I'm gonna call you Tomboy with lipstick!"
"What why!?"
"Because...its like you play sports, but you dress nice to. And you wear lipstick." ;) haha

Most importantly though, we told them that you loved the Lord, and have a personal relationship with Him!! We thank God for that Cj! Thank you for wanting to honor Him, and for loving Him through these trials as i know you are. That is such an encouragement to me, and so many others!!!

Cj I just wanted to leave you with this scripture Psalms 57: 1-3
"1 Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,
for in you my soul takes refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed.
2 I cry out to God Most High,
to God, who fulfills {his purpose} for me....
......God sends his love and his faithfulness."

GOD is good. We will continue to pray!!

-Stephanie Pino ....tomboy with lipstick! ;)

Anonymous said...

Little CJ: Aunt Penny loves you lots. Wish we could just take off and go jet skiing and the heck with all this "test" stuff.

xoxooxox

Anonymous said...

CJ...just so you know Aunt Shirley is in New York right now...finding you neat stuff from Yankee Stadium. She'll be over to see you on Sunday....and she sends lots of hugs and kisses and now is a great time to hit her up for some brownies!!

xoxoo

uncle john and aunt char said...

hi cj, although we are far from you
we just want you to know we are
thinking of you, and sending you
are love and our prayers.i know
you have much faith, and that the
Lord will keep you by his side in
this difficult time. we love you,
buddy, aunt char and uncle john

Anonymous said...

Dear CJ: Sorry you had a difficult reaction to the procedure. You are such a big brave guy...and don't worry I've been there and Cancer is not as scary as they make it out to be. Just know that everyone loves you; especially GOD and he will take care of you.
Love Aunt Penny

Y. Roxanna Wilson (Jessie) said...

Hi Buddy!!!! Its Roxanna, Jessie's mom. YOU are in my prayers and will continue to be throughout. May God bless you and your family always. We will soon come visit you. Dawn/Chris: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, let me know if there is ANYTHING I can do or help out with; ANYTHING!!!! (305) 505-3005 May God shine his everlasting light in you and your family"
---- Y. Roxanna Wilson (Jessie)