Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Nearly Completely Gone!


Romans 12:15
"Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn."

The tumors are "Nearly Completely Gone"! Well, how do you like that? That is the answer we got when we called the doctors office yesterday to find out what the scans revealed. The tumors are "nearly completely gone." I had to laugh because it sounds so funny. Nearly completely! It sounds like an oxymoron. After all the medical terminology and big words we have heard throughout this process, we are told they are 'nearly completely' gone. I asked the secretary who was relaying this message what that meant as far as percentages or location of the tumors. Are they all completely gone except a little bit in one spot, or are they all there but just nearly gone? She did not know as she was just relaying the message from the doctor. For me, it made no difference. Either way, this is good news, because it confirms that the chemotherapy is working and the tumors are shrinking; nearly...or....completely. You just have to smile at that! It was just so fitting after such a long day on Monday and God asking me to "trust Him" over and over. It really did not matter what they called and said, I had already decided it was completely in His hands. And it is! Not nearly, but completely!

CJ has a hospital admission this Friday for an overnight stay. He begins the second phase of chemo which introduces a new set of medicines which means a new set of side effects. One of the medicines is very strong and requires IV fluids to be administered for 24 hours and monitoring so that is why he will be staying overnight. This will take place twice in this phase. Our prayer needs for this phase of the chemo are that he will handle these new medications as well as he has handled the first ones. Pray for continued sustainment of his CBC's (complete blood counts)and protection against infection.

We look forward to seeing the doctors on Friday or Saturday while we are there and going over the scans together. At that time we will be able to relay a more accurate result but for now we are rejoicing in God's blessing and invite you to rejoice with us. As we have suffered, you have suffered; as we have prayed, you have prayed; as we have mourned, you have mourned; and now as we rejoice, you rejoice!


42 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow! Great news today! CJ we pray for you and your family continually. Know that our hearts are with you and we love you very much. Love, Pastor David and North Palm Baptist Church

aunt char said...

wow,wow,wow--great news! god sure knows what he is doing when he told you to trust him. i just talked to grandma paula about 5 min. ago and she didn't know the results.i will call grandma kay now and tell her the good news.
we will continue to pray for you always, and by the way, happy birthday papa jerry.
we love you guys aunt char and
uncle john.

Anonymous said...

Hi, we are so happy to hear the news, and we trust that he will respond even better to the new phase.

You are all in our thoughts and prayers

Nicole Alberto Ana

Vanessa Marie Fernandez said...

Praise God!!!! Not only for the physical healing, but for the beautiful fragrance of your lives durring this time of testinig.

love you guys!

Vanessa and Fernando Fernandez

Amy Murrell said...

Wow! That is amazing! We can do nothing but praise the name of our Great God! Derek and I are continually praying for you CJ!!

Heather said...

We are rejoicing with you! What awesome news. I have been signing the song How Great is Our God since hearing the results.
So come everybody....
sing with me...

How GREAT is our GOD,
sing with me
How GREAT is our GOD

and all WILL see
How GREAT, How GREAT, is our GOD

Name above ALL names
WORTHY of OUR PRAISE
MY HEART WILL SING
How GREAT is our GOD!!!

We continue to pray without ceasing. I love you all sooooo very much
(Aunt) Heather

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Noel said...

Praise the Lord!
We have been praying daily. Micah's class has been praying daily, and our small group is praying. We are so thankful for today's news and will continually be lifting you all up in prayer!
With Love and Hugs!
The Andersons

Anonymous said...

LOVE THE PICTURE IN THE HAMMOCK!!! KEEP SMILING!! IS MOM BECOMING A BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER THAN ME??? WAY TO GO DAD AND BRETT YOUR HEADS LOOK GREAT!! LOVE YOU ALL XOXOXO PAM

Anonymous said...

HI CJ THIS IS JAKE JUST WANTED TO CHECK HOW YOU WERE FEELING, I LIKE YOUR HAIRCUT HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON BYE

Anonymous said...

CJ, Chris, Dawn, Allie, Brett, and Corey,

I rejoice with you and the good news. I will continue to pray for your healing and for the tumors to be "completely" gone! God is truly amazing and He is calling you to trust Him fully. He is doing amazing things through your family right now. And I mean amazing! CJ, I pray that you heal, fully and I have faith that you will. I love you, buddy. Thank you for being so loving and kind to me as you have always been.
Dawn, You are doing an amazing job. I can't imagine being in your shoes. Just keep trusing in your Father. Listen to Him and only Him. Don't listen to yourself! Listen to Him. He will lead you the right way.

I love you sis. Please don't hesitate to let me know how I can serve you.

Love Aunt Jackie

Anonymous said...

I am so happy to read your blog today. What a fantastic report. Thank you for sharing such good news, as we continue to pray for CJ's total recovery. Hang in there, CJ. Love you. Pam and Mel

ILY(hearts) said...

PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!
WOW we sure will rejoice. AMEN!! We love you CJ and will continue to trust the Lord through this whole process. Hope to see you soon.
Blessings and Lots of Love and hugs,
ILY and her Gang

Anonymous said...

CJ, Dawn and Chris,

During my quiet time yesterday I came across a scripture that made me think of you. I pray it strengthen your faith. Its from Psalm 112 "Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands. His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house and his righteousness endures forever. Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. God will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Surely he will never be shaken; He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure; he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes." So much of this characterizes your lives: generous, fearing the Lord, compassionate, etc. I know the Lord sees all and will honor his promises to you in this season. That even in darkness, light will dawn. Thanks for sharing your lives with us. We love you all and pray for you every day.

Desiree Pino

Anonymous said...

What great news to hear; we are continously praying for you guys
Love - Jessica

Tammi said...

Dear CJ, Dawn, Chris, Alibrandi, Brett & Baby Corey,
My heart rejoices in the LORD, in the LORD my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my
enemies, for I delight in your deliverance! 1 Samuel 2:1-3. 
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, "The LORD reigns!" 1 Chronicles 16:31. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High! Psalm 9:2. And you know what else? This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24. I am completely - completely grateful to the LORD for blessing CJ and our family with such wonderful news. I Love You All With All My Heart.
Aunt Tammi

faith2pray said...

Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised!!! Keep standing in His unending grace!

Anonymous said...

This is fantastic news and we rejoice with you. We continue to pray and wait on the Lord for his very best.

We love you, The Fab's.

Joann said...

PRAISE THE LORD!!! I knew that would be the results as I am sure you all knew in your hearts.. The Lord is good!! May God continue to bless you CJ and keep you in His Arms. I am always praying for you and always remember that you have the victory!!! Keep up the good spirit. Thanks for updating us on your recovery!!! we are rejoicing!!

Joann said...

PRAISE THE LORD!!! I knew that would be the results as I am sure all knew in your hearts.. The Lord is good!! May God continue to bless you CJ and keep you in His Arms. I am always praying for you and always remember that you have the victory!!! Keep up the good spirit. Thanks for updating us on your recovery!!! we are rejoicing!!

David Bush said...

Excellent news! Keep on attacking the enemy CJ!

When I was praying for you this morning I was thinking about you reading and studying your bible and imagining that the words were flowing into you and mixing with your blood, just like the medicine when they have you on an IV, and was using the x-ray vision I have in my imagination to watch the words attack and kill fear and doubt, just like the medicine is killing the cancer.

Keep on studying you bible and seeking after your God!

Wendy Whitlow said...

Glory! I am so glad we serve a merciful God. This is awesome news CJ! I am mentally turning back flips...because I physically can't. Lol! Hey Dawn I will continue to pray and share your family's prayer needs.

Happy Belated Birthday Papa Jerry!

W~

Enzo said...

Today is a day to be full of thanksgiving for answered prayer. I am completely overjoyed. Well nearly completely anyway. I can't believe how CJ's story is making it around the country and how God is being glorified in his story at all turns, good and bad. People's hearts are opening up and it is like CJ has his own little revival started.

Love Grandma Paula

Maureen said...

PRAISE GOD! FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW....This is such wonderful news!!! I am so happy for all of you. I love the picture of you CJ in the hammock with your big smile. I think it's great that Dad and Brett now have the same buzz cut as you.
I continue to pray for you all and am giving God the Glory and Praise for this good news.
I want to share a doxology(expression of Praise to God) that I love that is actually the last verse of the hymn "Awake, my soul, and with the sun". It was written in 1674 by Thomas Ken.

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

I Love you guys,
Aunt Mo

Mitch said...

Unbelievable news!!!! Wow!!!! Yea!!! Shout it from the rooftops!
So glad to hear such great feedback on CJ!!!
Mitch

Anonymous said...

Nearly Almost Gone !! WOW! CJ your story is so amazing. Most people wouldnt believe it. its amazing to see a young man who has such amazing faith. its over powering just to read these blogs every day. i check my email constantly on my iphone to see if BREAK THE MOLD is on there. i look forward to reading the blogs Dawn post everyday. i usually read them during lunch, which is hard on itself as most blogs bring tears to my eyes. you are so strong and beautiful. keep your faith up!

grandma colleen said...

GODS Blessings to my family. Just wanted you to know that I have been Praising the LORD for his faithfulness and mercy. My step has been so light these last two days,as well as my heart. The way GODS spirit is just pouring out to so many people just shows all of us that something very special is going on and our sweet C.J. is in the midst.Father GOD you are sooooo awesome. I would like to share to verses with you.Psalms 37:3-5 Trust in the LORD and do good;so you shall dwell in the land, and I will be fed.Delight yourselves in the LORD and he shall give you the desires of your heart.Commit your ways unto the LORD; and he shall bring it to pass. Thank you FATHER for giving us the desires of our heart, we praise your name. Psalms 9:1-2 I will praise you O LORD; with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works, I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praises to your name, O MOST HIGH. I love you all, C.J. Dawn and Chris you inspire me and keep the Praises going!!!!!!! Grandma colleen

CeCe said...
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Anonymous said...

We rejoice as we hear these great news. God is so faithful! We'll continue praying for more miracles; the spectacular ones and the ones that come through medicines and doctors that God uses to accomplish His purposes. The God that provided for the Israelites for 40 years in the desert and did not allow their sandals to wear out or their legs to grow tired, will sustain you all the way.
God bless,
Wirleys

CeCe said...

Wait wait wait..... I didn't look at the pictures before I posted last time..... MR. GEORGE! WHY DID YOU SHAVE your HEAD! Wow...

CeCe

P.S. CJ, you are starting a new trend! (Only for the guys though!)

grandma colleen said...

cece i'm soooo glad to see your prayers again, i have missed you. don't stay away so long, we need to read your beautiful prayers, and read your comments. thank you grandma colleen

Anonymous said...

We are continuing our prayer vigil in this most important phase. Wishing God's best for CJ and the rest of the family.
Love and Prayers,
Mary & Family

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Cece
We have missed you and your prayers!

Janet S said...

Dawn, glory to God. I'm with you, my dear friend, regardless of whether it's "nearly" or "completely" gone, God is in control and He IS healing CJ. The Spirit is interceding for CJ with all our prayers. We will rejoice and be glad!!!
The day will come when the doctors will say: It is completely gone!
and we will say:
Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he healed CJ. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad.

Thank you, Abba Father. We trust in You as you continue to heal CJ's little body and protect his healthy organs. Lord, use every one of our prayers to destroy a piece of that cancer until it is all completely gone. Father, sin is a "spiritual" cancer. You love us so much that you hate to see how it destroys our lives, so you provided a way for us to be healed from that spiritual cancer. And we are so grateful. We are also grateful for the healing you are doing in CJ's body by destroying this cancer, and we await the day when we will hear the words that he is completely healed. We will tell the world, The Lord reigns and He has healed CJ. This is only the beginning of a beautiful story of a life that lives for you, to bring glory to your name. Praise you, God!

Stevie said...

Cj, I'm am so excited for you! I realized that I had almost taken for grant-it that the Lord would heal you- I just "knew" HE would. But No! He could have chosen to keep the tumors alive for some reason. Instead He has chosen to make them almoooost gone- HOW KIND IS OUR GOD?! Us Pinos over here can't stop talking about you, your faith, trust, strength, and courage in the Lord, nor can we stop talking about the Lord's great mercy and grace in your life and ours!

Cj, Every time i get to see you in real life- I sometimes loose all the words i want to say to you, and then I end up just say nothing, and im sorry for that...please don't think it's because I don't want to say anything. I often stumble over my words and can't get what im thinking into what im saying. But instead, please know, you have encouraged me personally, so much, in my walk with the Lord. And thank you Mrs. George for writing this blog for everyone to see, because seeing Cj's and all of you live out your lives wanting to honor God, has affected me intensely in so many ways!

I read this scripture this morning and thought I would share it with you guys because it reminded me of you all.
"Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob." - Psalm 24:3-6

-Stephanie Pino

ily(hearts) said...

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives
generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to
him.

James 1:5, New International Version

Lord, as CJ enters his second phase of chemo I ask for wisdom. Lord that the doctors and nurses who come into contact with CJ, will do nothing without asking for your wisdom first. That your will be done and only your will.
CJ we are praying for you and your family. May you feel the Lords presence even more in this second phase of chemo. Please be assured that we will be with you every step of the way. Both spiritually and physically.
Blessings and lots of hugs and kisses,
Ily and her Gang

Sonia said...

Definitely this are good news, even if the doctors don´t have de right words to say it. Concentrate as you say Dawn in the "Completely Gone" part and Completely in God´s will. We´ll keep thinking a praying for the success of the new medicine, for CJ¨s CBC¨s and the protetion against infeccion, and for strength all you need. Give a big kiss to CJ from all of us.
Sonia, Antonio, Andrea and Ale

Anonymous said...

This is great, I am so happy!!!!! I can't wait till you can start coming back to church CJ!!! We all miss you so much!

Joel

Amber said...

Praise the Lord C.J.!!! God is SO good. We are soooooo happy for you! We are praying for you constantly and know that God has been and will continue to hear our prayers. We already have proof of Him hearing our prayers!!!!! You are such a great testimony to people dealing with cancer and difficult times that need to know there is a God who hears them and can heal them and that is with them always and forever....
We Love YOU and miss YOU!!!
Amber

Psalm 30:5b
"Weeping may remain for a night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning."

Psalm 100:1
"Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth."

Psalm 150:6a
"Let everything that has breath praise the LORD."

And this is my favorite verse. I memorized these verses over and over and they are soooo encouraging:

James 1:2-4
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete,not lacking anything."
Keep trusting in God!

CeCe said...

CJ and Family,

I am so glad is is 'nearly completely gone!" What great news! God is so good he's so good to YOU, and ME, and MY FAMILY, and EVERYONE ELSE THAT PRAYS FOR CJ! I miss you so much! Hopefully I can see the whole family together at church soon! I hope it is COMPLETELY gone CJ! This is the time to... you guessed it! PRAY!

Dear Heavenly Healing Mighty God,

We are all so thankful that you have answered all of our prayers! Please help CJ, and his family to know that CJ's tumors are soon going to be completely gone, not just 'nearly completely gone'.
Amen

I LOVE YOU GUYS!

CeCe

I would ruffle your hair if I was with you right now, but there is none left for me to ruffle! It would poke me!

Shannon said...

REJOICE!!! in the Lord always and again I say----REJOICE!!! God is so good! We are praising the LORD with you and thanking Him for his mercies which are new every morning! To HIM be the Glory!!

Love,
The Helton's

~Jamie~ said...

George family

reading your blog never fails to amaze me your an amazing family honestly.
Im so happy for you guys, Daawn talking to you Via email gave me an idea which i will email you about when i get back from school camp.
i just wanted to pop in and say hin and im praying for you all still.

Dawn from what i see your an amazing mother and you all have wonderful spirits.

XXX