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ROUND 1 IS DONE

Hey everyone, we are happy and relieved to say that Cora has finished her first round of chemo. She got done around 5:30 this morning. We hope and pray now that it is doing its job and killing the cancer. The doctors seem to be pleased with how her body tolerated it, and that her blood levels did not get too out of line. This being said, it did really wipe her out. She has slept most of the day, and is not really interested in much else. They say we will be in ICU until Cora can breathe on her own, and everything else is stabilized. As far as a time frame goes they say it is different for everyone. So once again we are being taught patience. This has been one of the hardest parts for me (dad) as it seems that we have to sit around and wait on results, tests and doctors all of the time.

This morning we were woken abruptly again to learn that Cora’s incission was seeping. We were afraid that she was going to have to go back into surgery to fix it once more, but the doctors decided to wait it out for a while since they could feel that it was healing properly. We were fine with that, and I am sure Cora was also. Since that has happened, a lot of presure was relieved from her abdominal area, and she is much more comfortable. Since the chemo ended they have been feeding her throught her IV. She is not at all interested in other food, and it is critical now that she gets enough calories and other nutrients to heal properly.

This is a picture of everything that Cora is hooked up to. At certain times throughout the day she is getting 5 different things pumped into her body at once. And to think we were concerened when she was on an antibiotic and tylenol for an ear infection before all of this started. My how things change.

This is one of Coras night nurses. They have all been wonderful, and have taken such good care of her

This was taken tonight, and I think it pretty much sums up her day. “I’m exhausted, please leave me alone.”
We want to thank you all so much for your prayers and support, it means so much to us. Please continue to lift us up whenever it crosses your mind. We are a long way from the end of this journey, and are already feeling quite exhausted. Jessica is not feeling well, and is not sleeping very good either. So please pray especially for her health and strength in the coming days. Here are a few other things that you can pray for.
PRAISE
-That Cora made it through the first chemo treatment safely
-That she is resting and is more comfortable now
-That the swelling in her body has mostly gone down
-For all of the support that we have had from family and friends
PRAYER
-That God would heal our little Cora
-That she would get back to breathing on her own soon
-For wisdom for the doctors as they continue to make decions about Cora’s treatment
-For strength as we face each new day and challenge
-That the test results would show it to be the “better” type of cancer

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  • heather spratt - I’m still praying…I hope you all feel wrapped in our Heavenly Father’s loving arms! Praise Him that round 1 is done!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - I am an “unknown” and am struggling for the right words, yet cannot leave without saying something. Your faith is amazing-God’s gift to you. Your daughter is precious, and another gift. This situation is so…well, there isn’t really a good enough word or set of words. Nothing seems to fit. Yet, in the middle of it are God’s promises, which you have such a strong hold on. You already know how many hundreds (thousands…) are praying/thinking of you all. Yes, may God strengthen your wife, Jess. You both must be so spent. And your baby girl, Cora, may she know in a mighty way God’s power to heal, comfort, and restore. Your pictures of her are very moving. It seems you are in a good place as far as care goes, and all of the “good” things are certainly worthy of praise. I don’t know about you, but in the middle of trouble (and in my own personal experience I have never gone through something so trying, but have known others who have) I find it hard sometimes to trust. I pray that trusting the Lord will indeed be your strength. That you will find comfort in Him, for all of you. Praise belongs to Him, and in spite of our lack of understanding, our pain, our longing for something else, without praise for our God, we would be left with a void. I think of the song “Blessed Be the Name of the Lord.” It is based on the passage in Job-and the line that goes “You give and take away, Blessed be your name…” always cuts to my heart, yet you know you must say it. Well, I don’t know if any of that makes sense, and I really just wanted you to know that my heart is breaking for your family, but also that God is so good at healing brokenness. May He be known constantly, ChristinaReplyCancel

  • sandy - Hello McClenahans

    You don’t know me but I just received an email asking to pray for your sweet little girl. The email was sent from my sister that received it from Rhonda Roux. I will be lifting your whole family up in prayer. I know exactly what you are going through. My 6 year old son Charlie was diagnosed with cancer on Feb 14th 2008. I will let you know that Cora is in good hands when it comes to Dr. Rosen. The whole office is wonderful. Maybe our paths will cross up there. I wish you some rest. We have a saying of Keep on keepin on, and that is all you can do right now. Believe in the power of prayer it has gotten us through the last year. Hang in there.
    Sandy FutheyReplyCancel

  • Misty - I have thought about you guys all day (found your blog last night) I have prayed and told everyone I talked with today about Cora. We will all keep praying for you guys. Hang in there…If you will add a mailing address we can send cards (my kids love to make cards) and other goodies. Keep your spirits up, God is with you and people whom you don’t even know are all praying for Cora. Prayer works and I will continue to spread the word about your precious little girl.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Could not get to sleep tonight, and believe the Lord wanted me to get up and pray for you all. When we read your blog about waking up every morning with a sick feeling, we could certainly understand. The waiting is so hard, and it is difficult to remember that your loved one is not the only one the doctors have to care about. We wanted answers! And many days there were none. It just got so very, very “daily”. We are praying for an extra measure of rest for the both of you, and especially for precious Cora Paige. God is such a faithful God!
    Our Bible Study group prayed for you all tonight, and will continue to do so. Also in our prayers are all of the grandmas and grandpas, uncles, aunts, etc.. Keep leaning on Him. Lean hard. Lean constantly. I’m sending you the words to a poem I wrote, when things were so, so hard.

    My Jesus is more than a fair weather friend.
    He orders my days from beginning to end.
    And when my days get stormy, I know that he will…
    Rebuke the winds. Peace! Be Still!

    He says, Peace! Peace! Be still My child.
    You’re safe here in my arms, though the storm grows wild.
    Come! Lay your head upon my breast
    and trust Me . . . I will
    Rebuke the winds. Peace! Be Still

    We won’t stop praying.
    Bob and julaneReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Joel and Jessica- Your precious Cora has touched our hearts. We are thankful that the first round of chemo is finished and we will pray for renewed strength for all of you. As a mother, my heart aches for you. Our son Luke was born 10 weeks premature and I understand the anguish of watching your child fight for each breath. I admire your strength. I trust, as I know you do also, that the Lord is holding Cora in His loving hands and will make her well. I know the “waiting” seems endless and you never have the answers, but continue to wait on the Lord…He hears your prayers.

    Lori Kruse Raile
    (daugher of Al & Marilee)ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - Just want you to know that this “stranger” in Michigan is praying today!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney and the Boys - You and your sweet Cora were on my mind as I lie awake in bed last night. I have been in prayer fervently for you all. Glad the first round is over and I pray the results are good ones. I pray you all can rest and that your spirits are renewed.

    God Bless!

    courtneyReplyCancel

  • kristin at prairiedaze.com - our church prayed for you yesterdayReplyCancel

  • Heddin Family - We are praying no less than daily for you and your little girl. May God bless you all with restful sleep, peaceful time off of the chemo treatments, rapid healing in Cora’s little body and much strength for all. Praying that you will rest in the arms of Jesus.

    Jon and Frances Heddin and kiddosReplyCancel

  • C.C. and Double T - Continuing to pray for you. May God be especially close to you today and meet every need you have.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Please God, Give this child back her smile. Please give her parents time to rest, please take away this cancer, please allow jess to feel better, please take this burdebfrom them and give this family peace.
    AmenReplyCancel

  • loridanelle - Joel & Jess—I am so happy to hear that round 1 is complete! You and sweet little Cora are in my prayers daily. I pray that the two of you find time to rest and that you are able to celebrate every small battle won and not to get discouraged by new trials that come your way. I pray that Cora is able to rest & eat so that her body may be able to fight against the sickness that come up against her.

    I’ve shared your story with my small group from church and I know that you are in their prayers daily as well. I’m sure some days it is really hard to get on here and “make a report” but I want to thank you for doing that. Every morning, I wake up and check in with you guys. I appreciate hearing the good news as well as direction on how to pray for your family for the day.

    Powerful things happen when God’s people pray and his people are praying for you little girl.

    —Lori (Walter) WilsonReplyCancel

  • i love plum - I am so taken with your family…your strength and bravery continues to amaze me. Though I don’t know Cora I feel such love for her. I am praying like crazy for that sweet girl to heal. Gosh, you are all in my thoughts and have been since learning of your story. xoReplyCancel

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  • Stephanie - I’m reading a book on prayer, and I came across this. I pray it is an encouragement to you:

    “Here is a great [Christian] soldier, a captain-general, in the great struggle, faced by malignant forces who seek his ruin. His force is well-nigh spent. What reinforcements can he count on? What can give help and bring success to a warrior in such a pressing emergency? It is a critical moment in the conflict. What force can be added to the energy of his own prayers? The answer is–in the prayers of others, even the prayers of his brethren who were at Rome. These, he believes, will bring him additional aid, so that he can win his fight, overcome his adversaries, and ultimately, prevail.” ~E.M.Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer

    You have so many lifting you up. I pray you feel the Spirit surrounding you as a great cloud of witnesses takes you to the throne! God is bringing you to my mind often. Peace be yours from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!ReplyCancel

  • Judy - Praying today for sweet Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - I am still praying for Cora every chance I get! I have told everyone I know about her story to help spread the prayers! God is good. He will comfort Cora!!!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Just wanted to let you know that we are praying for you, Cora, and the rest of your family here in NY. I cannot imagine what you are going through, but please know that you are not going through it alone…ReplyCancel

  • blessedmomto7 - You are on my heart and in my mind daily-hourly. Our family continues to pray for yours.ReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - Oh, that beautiful baby! I just want to hold her and kiss her!!! She looks completely worn out.

    We’re still praying 10 or 20 times a day for you guys.

    God bless you!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - Glad to hear the first round of chemo is over. Continuous prayers for you…ReplyCancel

  • mommaof4wife2r - i am so thrilled to know round one is done…my high school girls small group is being blessed and is growing in our prayer lives through praying for cora and you! the lord is using this…and i don’t get it…i prob never will understand it, but i am so thankful that you all have faith and are willing to allow us to be part of your prayers!ReplyCancel

  • The Sweigart Family - Jess, I’m praying that you get to feeling better very soon. That little girl needs her mama! And as always, praying for little Cora every chance I get. Maddox will remind whomever is praying at the dinner table as well!!

    May you feel peace today as you wait for results.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - I just came across your blog through another one that I read. I am so sorry your family is going through this. Just know that someone in NC is praying for you, your family, sweet little Cora and all who is treating her. I will spread the word.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - We are praying for you today.ReplyCancel

  • Judy - I’m hoping to bring a little encouragement to you today! I just contacted Danielle of “Blogs by Danielle.” She does incredible blog makeovers and I asked her to make a blog button for you guys that says “Pray for Cora” that other people could put on their blogs so we can get as many people as possible praying for Cora. Danielle checked out your blog and wants to bless you guys with a whole blogmaker at a discounted rate and you don’t have to pay a thing, I’m going to pick up the tab! So just email me if your interested and I’ll let you know all the details: judah322@hotmail.com
    To see Danielle’s work go to http://blogsbydanielle.blogspot.com She’s incredible!
    I know this might seem a little random from a complete stranger, but I have a little girl Cora’s age and my heart is breaking for you guys and this was the only thing I could think of that I could do! Praying today is a better day for Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Brian and Staci - I’m sooo glad round 1 is done!!! I’m still praying for your family daily!ReplyCancel

  • heidi - Praying for sweet Cora and her family from Montana.ReplyCancel

  • Amber - Praise God for Cora being done with her 1st round of chemo and her handling it so well. I know she is tired and this is the time to rest and gain energy and strength. God will provide her with all of these things. Your family has been on my mind since I found your blog and everytime I think of you all I pray that God’s mercy and grace will continue to be shown to your family and little Cora. Your faith is so amazing and a true testimony to God’s scripture. I was looking for some inspiration today and came across this quote that I thought was perfect. I was reading the scripture from Matthew 17 and attached was this wonderful quote:

    “Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.”
    — D. Elton Trueblood

    May peace be with you today and for the days to come. May God bless the doctors and nurses that are taking care of sweet Cora with the wisdom and knowledge to direct them on a path to guide her treatment. May Cora respond well to the chemo and cast out the cancer from her body so she can be healed. God will you also provide this loving family with the ability to rest their weary bodies and give them new found strength through Your powerful grace to continue to know Your plan is the greatest plan of all.

    In Christ,
    Amber in San Antonio, TexasReplyCancel

  • Flamingo Mama - i ‘m just so sorry to hear about the journey that your family is on right now. my prayers are wrapped around you today.ReplyCancel

  • Renae - we are continuing to pray for you three…for strength and endurance. cora seems so brave!

    we love you!
    adam and renaeReplyCancel

  • Cristy - Praying and praying…..so glad round 1 is over.

    Hugs today…

    CristyReplyCancel

  • Heather C - Still praying here, as well… my entire church is praying for you. I’m posting a link to your page on my blog as well. May the Lord strengthen you and give you courage and peace as you trust in Him. God bless you!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - A friend of mine posted about your precious baby girl and when I saw it, I just had to let you know that I will be praying for her and your family. God’s Blessings to all of you!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Me and my family are lifting you up daily to the Lord. You have been on my mind and heart a lot. I continue to ask Jesus for strength, patience and rest for you all!!

    Jenny in COReplyCancel

  • Rambling Girl - Still thinking of little Cora…My heart is so touched over reading about Cora and your family. I will continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers daily. Hugs from one parent to another. Blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie and April - I came across your blog today and read it start to finish. I am praying for you all. Cora is so beautiful! My heart aches for your sweet little girl.

    AprilReplyCancel

  • Erica - It was so good to see you guys yesterday. Your faith blows me away. Keep clinging to Jesus. I’m a little embarrassed that we forgot to pray with you before we left. I was just thinking you needed to get back to your sweet little girl. Sorry about that, but we made up for it later. Cora is on my heart all the time. Praying for healing.ReplyCancel

  • Linkis Family Love - Baby Cora: You hang in there you adorable baby girl! We are praying for you all the time, and love you to the moon! Tell your mommy and daddy that they have lots of prayer support!
    “For He shall give His Angels charge over thee.” Psalm 91:11
    Kelli Linkis <>< <ReplyCancel

  • purejoy - congratulations on finishing round one! will continue to follow and pray.
    really. i really do, and i don’t even know you.
    isn’t it cool how we both serve an awesome GOD??ReplyCancel

  • Jonalie - Joel and Jess and Cora: I have been praying for all of you since I first heard about Cora… I will continue to pray for healing for your precious daughter, and strength for you each day. God is a strong rock on which we can stand – and he will be there for you all the way. I pray, too, that you can rest physically! May God bless and keep you these day. JonalieReplyCancel

  • meg duerksen - love to you.
    got to talk to jess’ brother yesterday and see tripp getting all filled out. he said your bathroom is looking beautiful and invited me to come see it. 🙂
    wanted to hug kathy but she had such a crowd around her i couldn’t get through.
    thank you so much for these updates. it helps so much with all of our worrying…putting it away and having specifics to pray for.
    lots of love.ReplyCancel

  • Twice as Nice - As a blogger we often come across someones blog,read it, find it interesting but unless we put it in our favorites,have a hard time finding it again. That’s what I did with yours. I found it again today only to see your precious little girl is sick! My twin and I will be praying for her and I will put something on our blog so others will too.

    May God bless you all and keep you strong. My he put his healing hands on your precious Cora and heal her.ReplyCancel

  • Megan (mommyesquire) - Thank you for the updates. I am continuing to pray for Cora and both of you.ReplyCancel

  • RockinMom - Another *stranger* leaving a comment.I will be keeping your beautiful daughter and family in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • traci - Its hard for me to read your blog or even look at your precious daughter. I just well up with HUGE tears and lose it BUT I want you to know her name is on our fridge and in our prayer journal and she IS prayed for each day!! We love your family and are believing and trusting God will give you MANY healthy years with Cora!!!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - Just wanted to let you know what a BEAUTIFUL baby you two have. Just gorgeous! I will put her and your family in my prayer journal. I hope she gets well soon and beats this nasty disease. Your friend in Christ ~ Molly PReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - We’re praying for little Cora! She’s got so many people thinking of and praying for her.ReplyCancel

  • carissa... brown eyed fox - many faithful prayer warriors out there!
    keeping yall in the forefront of their mind and heart!ReplyCancel

  • La Familia Garcia - Praying for amazing stregth and peace as you go through this time! May God bless you as you seek to give him glory in your life!ReplyCancel

  • Joy Portis - We are praying for healing, wisdom, strength and comfort as you go through this difficult time! Cora is a precious child of God! Lifting you up!

    JoyReplyCancel

  • Staci - I just found your blog and I wanted to let you know that I am praying for you and little Cora. She is such a cutie and I pray that she feels more like herself soon and that the chemo works to get rid of the cancer.ReplyCancel

  • The Schilling's from PICU - Jess and Joel,

    We were so sad we did not get to hug you good-bye yesterday before we left. It was a bitter sweet day for us. We were so happy that Jaylee got to go home, but so sad that we had to leave you guys! She is better but her throat is still swollen. She was happy to finally sleep in her own house again.

    We continue to pray, cry, hope and think of CORA everyday! We can not thank you enough for sharing your families with us in our time of need. Your strong faith and love have shown us a new way of life. One that we will never forget! We have been blessed to have met you and be a part of this with you.

    We will continue to pray and keep in touch! We will be reading the blog daily! Take care and know we are wishing you brighter days and lots of smiles from Cora! We have the entire community of Cimarron praying for you!

    love to you all!

    Amie, Jason, Jaylee, Blake and KaliReplyCancel

  • April - What a beautiful little girl you have! I will keep all of you close in my prayers…God Hears!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace - Praying for sweet Cora…for all of you…ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - McClenahans,

    I met you on Friday with Amie and she forwarded the site to me. You have all been in my thoughts and prayers since the moment we met. Will check on Cora’s progress daily.

    MelissaReplyCancel

  • Ginger - I know you have a gazillion comments… and it’s inspiring to see how many people love you and are praying for you. I just want you to know that you’re on my heart and mind daily and I’m believing for a healing miracle in little Cora. Let me know if you need anything – I’m here.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - I happened upon your blog from a friends blog and kind of went blog-hopping and ended up on your blog. I am so touched by your daughter and your story. I have never been a very spiritual person but I have never felt more like saying a prayer for your precious little daughter. I have tears in my eyes after reading about her journey. You have prayers coming to you from Wisconsin and little Cora is in my heart and my thoughts…even though I have never met you guys and probably never will…you have touched me with your strength and love for each other and your family and trust in a higher power. Thank you for your blog and your honesty :-))ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - Still praying and praying and asking others to pray for all of you!
    Love, TracyReplyCancel

  • Vicki - Hi,

    I don’t know you and you don’t know me, but we are brothers and sisters in Christ, and that counts doesn’t it? Just wanted you to know that I’ve been following Cora’s journey, and that I’m praying for this precious, precious girl. I will continually be praying and following her progress. Please take great comfort in that so many people you don’t even know are lifting her up and will continue to do so!

    Virtual hugs and blessings…ReplyCancel

  • Pamela - I, too, will lift Cora up in prayer — I believe in miracles.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - Just wanted to lead you to a site of a Neuroblastoma SURVIVOR who is thriving and doing well. She had N-MYC amplified and the unfavorable aggressive form of it, and is thriving and doing GREAT in kindergarten this year. She was diagnosed at 18 months! Her site:
    http://www.caringbridge.org/ga/kyliescorner
    Continuing to pray for precious Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - We found out about your sweet little Cora through our good friends the Bohrer’s. We have been praying for healing for Cora daily. May God give you all the strength you need each and every hour of the day. We’ll keep checking Cora’s progress and continue to lift her up in prayer!!! I pray you all can get the rest you need to stay healthy so you can comfort Cora. Many brothers and sisters in Christ are praying for you all!
    Stephanie in Shawnee, KsReplyCancel

  • The Burkett Family - Hello Warriors! I just read and read, and slowly but surely, fell in love with you guys and your darling Cora tonight. I fell across your blog, linked from one to another, and couldn’t stop reading. And I’ll keep on reading. But way more importantly, Cora is now fixed on my prayer list, as are her mommy and daddy. May you all know His perfect peace. May she feel His infinite love during the moments when you two can’t wrap your loving arms around her . . . His grace is sufficient! My love In Him!! Amanda Burkett, prayer warriorReplyCancel

  • The Crazy Bus - My wife and I just found your blog tonight.

    The only thing we can say to you is that we will be praying for you out here in New Jersey. We’ll pray that God will give you the strength to go through this, and we’ll specifically pray for complete healing.ReplyCancel

  • Scarlet O'Kara - Just found your blog via This Southern Girl’s Nest and I want you all to know that your beautiful Baby Girl will be in my constant thoughts and prayers. I am also going to put the button on my sidebar and ask others to lift you all up in prayer.ReplyCancel

  • BoufMom9 - Saying many prayers for your beautiful baby girl.
    May the Great Physician heal her tiny body.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Still with you and praying from Michigan. We are all with in spirit.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Just wanted you to know that Cora has been in our prayers every day since we heard your story. We will continue to ask Him to keep her wrapped in His arms.

    God Bless,
    Jenni in Kansas CityReplyCancel

  • aimee - Praying every day that God heals your sweet baby girl.ReplyCancel

  • beckley - still praying.
    i see you have about 2,000 hits on your profile since i last checked a few day ago. quite a network of people caring for you and your child. as it should be. we’re in this together. it’s the proper posture for humanity. may the grace and peace of our lord Jesus Christ be with you.
    And don’t worry—no pressure to try to impress us when you are utterly exhausted and torn apart. all these well wishes and thanks for how amazing your faith is? we still stand with you in the moments when everything feel shaky. and we wish you grace and peace in that time, too. the pressure’s off. we’re a network of people caring for you in this time; you do not need to take care of us, or impress us. Rest. Be loved. Be prayed for. Be sung over. You are precious in his sight. As is your beautiful girl.
    We stand with you.ReplyCancel

  • Cherry Tree Lane - still praying….I have tried to get the story out about sweet Cora. May the Lord heal her.
    Praise the Lord for your faithfulness to Him during this time.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine A. - Praying for you all and your sweet little baby…ReplyCancel

  • Joanna Goddard - oh we are praying for you and thinking of you!ReplyCancel