a new day

Every morning Joel and I wake up with that sick feeling in our stomachs. The reality hits again and we wonder if we have the strength to face another day. It is so good to be reminded that we don’t have to go through this alone. We can’t. We are clinging to God and resting in the fact that he hears our prayers and is walking right beside us.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

So many prayers are being said. Our sweet little girl is being lifted up to the Lord by people we don’t even know. Wow! I was so encouraged by this e-mail I recieved from a friend today:

“The word about your dear Cora is spreading, and so are the prayers. If news spreading were given stages, the prayers being lifted up are WELL PAST stage 4. And the joy is that the God they are praying to is powerful and loving.”

Today was a good day. Cora seemed comfortable and rested a lot. We are so thankful. We needed a break from the rollercoaster of emotions we have been experiencing the past week. The swelling in Cora’s face has gone down so much and we can see her sweet little eyes again. I love that! Now her mama is just waiting to see a smile again.

Cora is responding well to the chemo so far. Her blood work has been coming back normal. She has had a little trouble with nausea and throwing up, but they are able to give her medicine to help with that.

Praises:

-So thankful for a “good” day
-Cora is breathing better
-Cora’s stomach measured 2 cm less today
-Prayer warriors around the world praying, praying, praying
-Encouraging comments, e-mails, and visits from so many
Prayer Requests:
-Comfort for Cora as she recieves her chemo treatments
-The chemo would “blast” the cancer (as one doctor put it)
-Cora’s blood work would continue to come back normal
-Joel and I would continue to rely on God’s stength

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  • January 30, 2009 - 12:55 am

    brad johnson - Dear Joel and Jess,
    We are praying and crying out to God on behalf of Cora. We know that our BIG God can heal her and we firmly beleive that he will! We will pray as the Spirit leads. We have passed on her story to more Nebraska Jesus friends so that they can pray too:) Joel, the Lord has brought you to mind several times in the last week (before I knew about Cora.) Now I know why he did that and I will be more attentive to his promptings. I love you brother!
    lifting you up in our prayers-
    Love,
    brad and shelli johnson
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  • January 30, 2009 - 1:01 am

    Justine - Many prayers for baby Cora from my family to yours. She is a beautiful child, and I can see her strong little spirit. Hang in there tiny one!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 1:16 am

    Snooty Primadona - What a precious child! My thoughts & sincere prayers are with you & I will get my bible study group to pray as well. Prayer helped my son have the strength to kick heroin & I hope it helps your sweet baby as well. Just know that there are many who pray for all of you. I went through chemo with both of my in-laws, so I know how difficult it can be.

    I came here from Pearls To Hide My Neck.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 1:37 am

    Marilyn - This is my first visit to your blog but it surerly will not be my last.
    My heart goes out to Cora and your entire family.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 1:43 am

    Wendy - How wonderful to have a better day! I’ll continue to pray for your precious little girl. Our God does wonders!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 1:46 am

    heather spratt - A blog friend of mine worded it perfectly…

    We are “storming the gates of heaven” with prayer!

    Much love,
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  • January 30, 2009 - 2:03 am

    Wendy - It’s me again. I just remembered something. When my niece was a baby and going through chemo, she got HORRIBLE diaper rash from it. My sister found that the only thing that worked for it was mixing Ilex and Flander’s Buttocks Ointment together and using it on the rash. Just thought I’d pass that along in case precious Cora has the same problem. And of course, still praying!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 2:03 am

    Eva - i willo stop every day to feel your child and you in my heart and offer you my hope and strenght.

    you are amazing.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 7:32 am

    melissa - My prayers are with your precious baby girl, Cora and your family.
    God bless,

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  • January 30, 2009 - 7:38 am

    Courtney - you are being thought of and prayed for more than you can even imagine!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 7:46 am

    Jess - from one mommy to another mommy, from one stranger to another, from one family with little ones to another…..more prayers are on their way. heard your story from another blog…..your daughter is beautiful, thank you for sharing your story with us, we are praying.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 7:52 am

    Darby - I found you through Meg’s blog {Whatever} and I’ve added sweet Cora to my prayer list {it’s actually on my blog too}. Please know that a mommy of 3 little ones is praying for you in Alabama. Your sweet Cora seems to have such a sweet spirit. I am praying for our Great Healer to heal your little angel and to sustain you all along the way.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 8:31 am

    L - I wandered onto your blog and read your story…please know that I’m sending up prayers for you and your beautiful daughter.

    My favorite Proverb that I say over and over again is….

    Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 8:41 am

    C.C. and Double T - Praying right now, especially that Satan would have NO edge to stick his nose into your little girl’s life and healing.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 8:44 am

    Momnco - I was sent to your blog from a friend of yours. I have two small boys and can’t imagine what your are going through. She is a beautiful child with a strong will. Thoughts and prayers from our family to yours.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 8:45 am

    Anonymous - We know how yo-yo the days will seem on this journey. We will pray that each day the string will get shorter . . . that you won’t have to go down so far, and will be quicker to get back up. We continue to pray for you as parents, for your famailies, and for precious Cora. We have an AWESOME God.
    The verse in Lamentations is the same one that Lord gave us after one particularly very bad day when we were on a similar journey years ago.
    Our love to you to day. Bob and julaneReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 9:01 am

    Anonymous - I learned of your trials through the blog of a friend. I sincerely pray that you will feel God’s grace and mercy as you face the days ahead. There are prayers being sent up on little Cora’s behalf as we speak and she and your family are on our minds, in our hearts and most of all you will remain in our prayers.
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  • January 30, 2009 - 9:20 am

    Karen - she is so beautiful. i just know that God will see you all through this terrible ordeal. I think of you and your baby often although we have not met. I wish you the very best from VA xoxo KarenReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 9:23 am

    The Balzers - Praise God for a good day for Cora! It’s SOOOO good to see those beautiful eyes again! Our God is the Great Physician. We are continuing to pray and think of you guys constantly. Love ya lots!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 9:23 am

    Kimberlie - Still praying for sweet Cora and her family.

    Kimberlie
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  • January 30, 2009 - 9:25 am

    mommaof4wife2r - praise god for all the many blessings. i have been consumed with poor little cora since i was here yesterday. i have been spreading the word for prayer…and there are many a prayer warrior going to the lord with requests. i was wondering if you thought it would be okay to make a button with cora’s beautiful face to post on my blog for prayer..i wouldn’t want to do taht if you don’t want to…and it would link back to your fam blog. i know i don’t know you…but we are all one big fam together!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 9:27 am

    Lisa - A friend sent me your prayer request and blog. As a mother myself, I was touched beyond words. It’s so reassuring to see your faith in God, which will see you through this. Don’t get overwhelmed with the big picture, the long haul, just take it one day at a time. Rest assured, the prayers for Cora won’t end until God has healed her little body and you are able to hold her in your arms again.

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  • January 30, 2009 - 9:32 am

    Kris Reed - Dear Joel and Jess,

    We are fervently praying for all of you and most especially for the complete healing of baby Cora. Your blog necessitates a box of Kleenex every time I look at it. The pictures are breathtaking and your journaling aids in how to best pray for you. Praise the Lord for the reduction in swelling. May God’s glory and strength be magnified in and through you. We pray for you daily at church and many times more individually. We pray His peace surrounds you and comforts you as you continue on this amazing journey. Mike, Kris, Ben, Emily, Megan & Katie ReedReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 9:33 am

    PamperingBeki - God bless you Jess!

    I wish I could just hug each of you. I wish I could make it all go away and you could be your happy little family again.

    Tears, hugs, prayers, and hope.

    Your strength is amazing.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 9:40 am

    the*4*of*us - such a beautiful little face! Praying for strength for all of you today!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 9:43 am

    Anonymous - I went to church with you when I lived in Newton and have heard from several friends about sweet Cora. I am praying for her and you.
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  • January 30, 2009 - 9:49 am

    purejoy - all it takes is a comment from one of the readers to mckmamma, and you will have prayer warriors from ALL over praying for your sweet Cora.
    i went back and read almost your entire blog, and i know you will long for the days when you could just talk about new teeth instead of trying to learn how to spell neuroblastoma. and the agony of saying stage 4.
    but our God is an awesome God, and He will carry you in the days ahead. and we, your prayer warriors, will journey with you and carry your mat.
    i am astounded by the people i have encountered in blog-land who have children with catostrophic diseases. not our children. not our precious innocent children.
    i love Jesus and this doesn’t make sense, but i know our God is sovereign and well, words fail to convey, because it just doesn’t make sense.
    praying for you, joel and jess. and praying for sweet cora.
    may you feel His arms around you.
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  • January 30, 2009 - 9:55 am

    Anonymous - I hope this song brings you some comfort. http://www.513free.com/mp3/Endure.mp3
    Our God is amazing!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 9:56 am

    traci - i came to your blog through meg. i am so sorry that you are going through this. your daughter is beautiful and looks like a little fighter to me. you are all in my prayers!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:11 am

    Bobbi - Like many of the others I was sent to your blog by a friend. My heart goes out to you. I am so glad that you are a family of faith. I can’t imagine going through the trials of life without a knowledge of our loving Heavenly Father.

    I have learned through my own “gethsemane moments” that because of the atonement of Christ we can be healed. Not just from sin but also from the pains of life. I know that He is carrying you and will continue to carry you through this hard time.

    I will pray for you, spread the word to pray for you through my blog, and will put your names on the prayer role in our Temple.

    All my love and prayers,
    Bobbi- from UtahReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:17 am

    Cristy - Praying yet again today. Letting everyone I know about precious Cora and asking them to pray as well. She is just so beautiful, even in her sickest days. You have wonderful strength. What a story of God’s love you will be able to tell once she is healed.

    Keep fighting baby Cora! We are all loving and praying for you!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:19 am

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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:23 am

    Mandy - Continuing to lift you up. What a testimony of the body of Christ coming together to lift up you guys and your sweet Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:26 am

    CherryTreeLane - Woke up this morning thinking and praying for your family. May the Lord grant you peace today….ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:27 am

    Brian and Staci - We do serve such an awesome God…and I am praying fiercely for your sweet baby girl…as well as your family. I came from Meg’s site yesterday and I can’t get your family out of my head. My heart goes out to you. I’m speechless really…no words can compfort I’m sure of that…so just know, I’m praying :) ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:30 am

    The Veers - We praise and pray along with you!! We love you and baby Cora so much! We lift you up in prayer hourly!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:30 am

    Katy - We need to have someone come up with a button so we can get more people to pray for sweet Cora.
    I came and visited yesterday, I read about you all from Meg D. I will continue my prayers for her.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:30 am

    Anonymous - I received your daughter’s site in a prayer chain this morning. She is in my thought and prayers. My daughter was diagnosed with a Wilms tumor in October, 2007 and was treated at Children’s Mercy here in Kansas City. Several of our friend’s we met at Children’s Mercy have been diagnosed with neuroblastoma and have neared there treatment or now off treatment. Please feel free to email me and I can forward their sites to you. It is comforting to have other people to talk to that have traveled in your shoes.

    Staci Sharp

    Here is my daughter’s site
    http://www.carepages.com/carepages/JillianSharpReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:32 am

    The Nebrigs - I have no idea how I came across you blog (probably blog hopping). I just wanted you to know you have some more prayer warriors. My family and I are committed to pray for your precious Cora. I love your family already. Our heavenly Father is so POWERFUL and hears the cry of his children. I am praying for complete healing. May the Lord give you peace that surpasses all understanding through your journey to complete healing. Love, Krista Nebrig
    Fairhope, AlabamaReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:33 am

    Anonymous - I forgot to add my email in my last post.

    rsharp3@kc.rr.com

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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:33 am

    Megan Barber - To Cora, Joel, and Jessica –
    My name is Megan Barber, and I am a good friend of Jen Christians. She called me last night on the phone and instead of catching up on our own families, she talked and talked about your little girl. She asked me to send my prayers to your family and since talking to her/reading your blog, I have been thinking of/praying for you. I linked up your blog to my family’s blog, and spread the word to my friends/family to pray for your little girl. Please know that people who have never even met you have your little girl in their heart and are praying for her health.
    Josh, Megan, and Keatin Barber
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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:38 am

    Shawn - Thanks Jess and Joel for continuing to keep us updated. I have enlisted everyone I know in Manhattan Beach to pray for Cora– the Christian Club on campus and also our woodshop teacher who has a congregation of his own–plus many others. I like the idea of stage 4 prayers–worldwide and permeating the atmosphere.

    I think continually of Cora’s healthy and happy future. Sending our love from the west coast–
    Shawn Charlie Maura Simone LucasReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:39 am

    Liz - I just came over by way of Meg’s blog (Whatever) and wanted to say that I will be praying daily for Cora. I’ve read through your blog over the past half hour with tears in my eyes. Cancer has touched my life in a horrible way this year through a dear friend. I wish that experience had left me with some words of wisdom, something wise to say. But all I can tell you is that God IS still there with you. Despite all the horrible things happening to your little family, He’s right there next to her bed, and He’s listening to you. And even though I’m just one voice, I’ll be lifting her up in prayer as often as I can think of it.

    All my best,
    Liz

    “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. For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.”" Isaiah 41:10,13ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:40 am

    Kristi - Praise GOD that you are seeing His work in shrinking her abdonmen. I have been praying fervently and have called on my sisters to pray as well.

    For the “Doctors” can do all things through Christ who gives them strenghth. Phil. 4:13ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:44 am

    Stacy Lord - A friend led me to your blog and my heart aches for you and your baby girl. I believe in miracles and we will pray for Cora. Even though we are strangers, our love goes out to you and your family. Best wishes and God Bless. Hugs to Cora.
    Sincerely,
    Stacy Lord and family
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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:48 am

    La Familia Garcia - Praise God you are not in this alone! Praying in VA for your precious family!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:49 am

    Amanda - You all have been on my mind non-stop since I heard about Cora. We are praying for you and appreciate all the updates. Keep looking to Him for support! Love you guys!

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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:51 am

    Polka Dot Moon - My prayers are with you and your beautiful Cora! God Bless you and keep you strong. We will continue to pray for your precious baby girl.
    Nagle Family
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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:57 am

    Laura - Hi, Cousins!
    I am overwhelmed by how many people we don’t know are praying for our sweet baby Cora. My best friends at school spread the word, and I am amazed at how many people I’ve never met before have told me they’re praying for her. It doesn’t stop there, kids are telling their family, friends and cousins–everyone is lifting up little Miss Cora in prayer. My teachers are heartbroken for you, and want to make sure I tell you they are all praying for you and thinking of you. I cannot believe the way God works. I am so thankful I got to spend time with you. I love you, and miss you.
    en las manos del Dios,
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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:02 am

    Jennifer - I found your site thru a prayer request from Hope Community Church’s preschool, Bullfrogs and Butterflies. I am praying for your sweet baby. Our family understands, firsthand, neuroblastoma. We will pray for healing and strength.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:09 am

    Sharla - We are praying so hard for your family. I am so glad Cora had a restful day.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:09 am

    Jennifer Ross - I am praying for little Cora. She is so precious. I have been through a lot in the past year and a half. My oldest son had a brain tumor in May of 2007, he is doing great(thanks be to God), and my husband and I loss our youngest son in August 2008. Through all of these trials, we know that the Lord has a perfect plan and we put our trust in His will daily. There is a verse that I wanted to share with you that I say every single day to bring comfort to my soul.

    Nahum 1:7
    The Lord is good. A stronghold in the day of trouble. And He knoweth them that trust in Him.

    I will continue to pray for Cora and your family.Take Care.

    God Bless,
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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:10 am

    Meghan - just wanted to pop in and say my baby and i were praying for your baby any you last night. he’s four and just getting the hang of it, but i heard him explain to my husband all about baby cora and what we could do through prayer to help her. preschool wisdom is powerful! stranger friends all over are praying for cora and your family…God bless you!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:20 am

    The Bohrer's - Joel & Jess – we KNOW that sick feeling! Hope you can get outside and get some fresh air this weekend! So glad you had a good day yesterday. Hundreds are praying in KC!

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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:22 am

    blessedmomto7 - Praying for your sweet CORA. Came across your blg today. Can’t imagine how scared you are. Jesus knows all, I pray you and Cora will rest safely and peacefully in HIS arms through it all.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:24 am

    blessedmomto7 - PS-Lifting you up from Kansas!
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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:25 am

    Jennifer - I found your blog through another and haven’t been able to stop thinking of your precious Cora. I will say prayers for her and your sweet family each day and pass her name along to other prayer warriors her in Missouri. Our God is able to heal your precious Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:25 am

    Mommynipotent - Cora and your family are in my thoughts. I’m hoping for good news for all of you.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:25 am

    The Snyders - Hi, I found your blog through a friend of a friend…etc. I want you to know your family is in my prayers and I even added a link to your blog from ours so others can pray for your family.
    Thoughts and prayers, ClareReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:31 am

    InTheFastLane - I was referred here from another blogger and I want you to know, that I too have sent up many prayers on your behalf. It also puts my grumpy morning to shame.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:32 am

    Megan (mommyesquire) - Count me among Cora’s prayer warriors.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:37 am

    beckley - we know you not, but we love you still. grace and peace to you in these days. This day. Prayers from Milwaukee from myself, my husband and my 3 and 5 year-olds who talk to Jesus about helping “that cute baby”, as my son says.
    I am so sorry for your pain, and praying for grace and peace to leaven your exhaustion and get your through yet another day. May the Lord our God reach into that belly and reduce the aliens that are bringing so much pain. May he release you from your terror. And may sweet Cora know the love she is receiving from around this great world as we band together and care for another with our hearts and our prayers…and with this love that we are privileged to know and share with another…
    O God, please release them of this. Please save Cora.
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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:45 am

    Gretchen Crocker - You don’t know me, but I know your cousin and have heard (and now read) what your family is dealing with right now. I am the mother of 2 little girls and my heart cries out to God on your behalf. I will pray for you family and your sweet baby.

    Gretchen and family in ColoradoReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:48 am

    Anonymous - Dear Joel and Jess,
    Just read the latest report. I’m thanking the Lord. Her picture revealed that she is better than when I left.

    Love,
    Aunt CarolReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:51 am

    Sandie - Joel and Jessica,
    We are praying hard and trusting our Great God to bring healing to your precious little one. I am so encouraged to be hearing about Cora from so many different sources. The word is really getting out, and the prayer warriors are lifting Cora up to the God Who Heals. Much love, Sandie and BobReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:55 am

    The Fabulous Side of Me - I know it is easy for me to say, sitting here, not there where you are, but God will NOT give you more than you can handle. We pray that HE will help you handle all that is being put in front of you. Cora is so sweet. Our prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:58 am

    peacemom - Dear Greatly Beloved Ones~
    Mark 11:21 Just as Jesus cursed the fig tree and it withered up, we curse that cancer and expect it to wither up and die.
    The weapons of our warfare are mighty to the pulling down of (such) strongholds! 2 Cor10:4.
    May He give you strength to do battle, as He gives you His comforting arms to fall back on.
    He sent forth His Word and healed them…we are His lips now, and thousand speak His Word for Cora.
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  • January 30, 2009 - 12:34 pm

    Bobbi - I am back. Just wanted to let you know that I have posted about your sweet angel and put the “Donations For Cora” link on my sidebar. I truely believe that Heavenly Father will be flooded with prayers for your baby. The angels will be busy today!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 12:38 pm

    Amber - Cora is such a precious little girl and I am just heart sick over this story. I was sent to your blog from another blog I view. God is the great healer and physician and He is more powerful than any cancer out there. Trust in Him and He will give you all the strength during these most trying times. Praise God for Cora having a good day and that the chemo is working in her body. I will be praying today and always for your precious little angel.

    In Christ,
    Amber
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  • January 30, 2009 - 12:54 pm

    Melissa - Praise the Lord for a good day! We’ll be praying for many more of those!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 12:56 pm

    Ravan - To Joel & Jess,
    I’m a friend of Nathan & Sharla Boccia’s. I’ve been keeping updated on your sweet little girls progress. I’ve been praying everyday for God to show you that He’s with you, and that he hears you. I’ve been praying that He embraces all of you in His overwhelming love, and that he heals little Cora. I’ll continue to pray for Cora, and for God to let you all know that He is with you always.
    May God bless & keep you all.

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  • January 30, 2009 - 1:19 pm

    T with Honey - It is such a joy to read all those Praises! And it is inspiring to see and hear how so many are coming together to lift this little girl up in prayer!!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 1:50 pm

    Ronda - We have been praying for ALL of you since we heard the news. I remember how hard hospitals are with little ones from when my nephew had heart transplant surgery years ago. May God show you His love and care in many, many ways, and we pray that Cora responds well and fast to the chemo. Love, Tony and Ronda BakerReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 1:54 pm

    Valerie Mikkelsen - Our family is definitely praying for you. May he hold you in his arms and better yet that you are able to feel it. God bless you all.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Mommyof3 - Praying in St. Augustine…ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 2:12 pm

    Juliann - I heard about Cora through Meg Deurksen; I am a mother, too, and my heart aches for you. I am praying for you, dear mom, and for the LORD to heal Cora.

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  • January 30, 2009 - 2:14 pm

    my3sons - Praying for your precious daughter. I’m so sorry you all are going through this. She is just beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 2:21 pm

    carissa... brown eyed fox - at the dinner table last night… our four year old daughter prayed for Cora!

    she is on the hearts & in the prayers of SO many!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 2:31 pm

    Courtney and the Boys - Hello there…just wanted to let you know your precious daughter has been in my heart and prayers since I found out about her a couple days ago. My four-year-old asked last night if there was anyone sick in the world he could pray for, and I told him about baby Cora. He has a cousin who is 6 months old whose name is Cora, too, so I had to spend time explaining the difference. Anyway, you have our prayers…hang in there and know that God has the plan. He will carry you through this.

    God Bless!

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  • January 30, 2009 - 2:35 pm

    The Sweigart Family - praying that your day is as good if not better than yesterday. So good to hear the chemo is working this soon. I also am praying for some renewing sleep to come your way. You guys need it!!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 2:48 pm

    wife.mom.nurse - Praying, praying, praying and spreading the word on your precious baby so many more may join us.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 2:54 pm

    Lauren - I am praying for your precious baby girl Cora. Hang in there!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 2:56 pm

    Anonymous - Just wanted to let you know that there are so many people accross the world prayinf for you and Cora. God Bless.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 3:13 pm

    The Boccias - So good to see you today. We love you and will keep praying for you all. Keep fighting, sweet Cora!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 3:21 pm

    i love plum - You’ve got MAJOR prayers coming in from the New England area…Bless your sweet Cora. Bless you and your husband. xoReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 3:23 pm

    Amy - You do not know us, but we LOVE you guys! Especially sweet little Cora. She is being lifted up in prayer constantly in our home.

    We are praying for strength for you and Joel, too.

    Again, we LOVE you all!

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    Marietta, OklahomaReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 3:35 pm

    Ben and Erin - Hey Jess! I know it’s been over 2 years since we’ve chatted, but I got wind of little Cora’s troubles, which really does go to show how the network of prayer is being relied on. I pray that God is weaving a rich rich tapestry through this for you – and will continue to stand as a prayer warrior with you and your families. I enjoyed catching up on your lives through your blog.

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  • January 30, 2009 - 3:35 pm

    Tracy Roman - Dear Jess and Joel,
    Oh, so many prayers are going up for your family at any given moment. I work in the nursery at the Church of the Resurrection. Emily Busenitz shared your story and prayer requests with all of the nursery staff. In addition to us, there are approximately 15,000 members at COR. I posted your blog on my facebook page, and it just occurred to me; Adam Hamilton, the Head Pastor at COR is on my facebook friend list. I’ll request his prayers and ask him to post your blog or just prayer requests on his page and also ask him to ask as many of the 15,000 members of COR as he can contact to pray for CORA. There are prayer teams, small groups, the congregation, the numerous pastors of other congregations Adam has regular contact with….we’ll get more people praying for your precious baby girl that you can even imagine!
    I just wanted you to know that Cora and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers virtually every moment since I read your blog for the first time last evening. I have two little boys and from one mommy to another: I won’t stop praying and recruiting others to pray until Cora is well again. I know that God is a God of intense compassion, and I truly expect nothing short of a miracle. Keep your faith and just love your baby, and put the rest in His hands.
    With millions of prayers on the way,
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  • January 30, 2009 - 3:37 pm

    Beautygirlnextdoor - Prayers for your family from California. Your story is so unimaginable but your strength and faith are inspiring. Bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 3:54 pm

    Candice - all I can say is that I have just prayed for Cora and her parents, I will continue to pray for her health and strength through this all. With love from California,
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  • January 30, 2009 - 4:04 pm

    Ivy - I know you don’t know me, but I had to tell you that you are now in my thoughts and prayers. I came to your site by way of Ginger Atkins F.B. I know your hearts are in agony for you little girl. I have recently had a taste of that myself with my little boy who is 15 months. I know your heart just yearns for your little girl to be happy and healthy again. I am praying for you and am encouraged by you seeking God for your strength daily. May He give you a glimpse of the bigger picture and encourage your hearts by using you to encourage someone else to seek Him today.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 4:29 pm

    Melanie - I found your blog via a link from Meg’s blog. It saddens my heart so much to know that a beautiful, precious baby has cancer. My prayers will be with Cora for her healing, and for you, the parents, to feel God’s love and comfort as you go through this very trying time.

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  • January 30, 2009 - 4:48 pm

    Anonymous - I just found your blog through a blog and I live in Wichita and would be more than happy to provide any kind of support that I can. Please feel to email me at danea4ksu@yahoo.com if I can bring anything to you. I have a little girl and my heart breaks for you. She is my world, so I can’t imagine how you must be feeling. Please know that I PRAY so hard that your baby girl will be just fine. And I pray that you both have strength during this journey.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 4:53 pm

    Judy - I don’t know you guys. You know how it works, one blog led me to another blog that led me to you! I’ve been blogging for about two years now and I have seen God use this human thing we call blogging to do some pretty supernatural things. Scripture is clear that when two or more gather in HIS name HE is there in the midst of them. Well, what happens when hundred if not thousands of people start crying out Cora’s name to our Heavenly Father who delights in her? I can’t wait to see! I know that this is the darkest hour you have ever lived but may the prayers of God’s people sustain you! I’m praying for all three of you and expecting God to do great things for Cora! Keep the updates coming! I’m falling in love with that sweet girl of yours! What a precious gift from God and so much like my little McKenna.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 5:21 pm

    The Mama - We are praying for precious Cora!
    An online friend posted a link here from http://www.christianmomsforum.com
    In Him,
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  • January 30, 2009 - 5:26 pm

    Anonymous - What a roller coaster journey you’re on… Please email me – I would like to do something for Cora.

    Best wishes to you all.

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  • January 30, 2009 - 5:36 pm

    Miss G - so glad today was a good day! Continuing to pray! God, please heal little Cora and bless and protect her parents and all who love her! I also praise God that you know Him in this hard time! KellyReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 5:43 pm

    Anonymous - I can’t even begin to tell you how your sweet Cora has touched my heart. I have a daughter around her age and can’t imagine having to go through this. I haven’t stopped thinking about you and praying for God’s strength, peace and HEALING since I read your story. Cora is a precious gift from God and I KNOW He will do almighty things through her life. SHE WILL BE HEALED!!!

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  • January 30, 2009 - 5:54 pm

    Holly Green - Still praying and thinking of your family several times a day!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 7:00 pm

    s.slagt/sanspost@xs4all.nl - seeing such a young baby with this disease is hartbreaking.I have lungcancer myself but seeing this makes me feel sooooo sad.Hope your god can do something for you,i wish for a miracle for you allReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 8:22 pm

    Donna H - Prayers coming from Michigan and beyond. I posted on my Facebook page and that will get prayers going out exponentially. I am praying for her comfort as well as yours.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 8:26 pm

    debbie - DEAR JOEL AND JESS,
    MAY I SHARE JUST A BRIEF PART OF A LONG STORY OF A HORRENDOUS ROLLER COASTER RIDE THAT WAS NEVER-ENDING FOR 4 YEARS. ON MARCH 30, 1986 OUR DAUGHTER WAS DIAGNOSED WITH RHABDOMYOSARCOMA..SHE HAD A FOOTBALL SIZE TUMOR GROWING FROM THE MAJOR ARTERY SUPPLING BLOOD TO HER LOWER RIGHT LEG…it was inoperable’they just sewed her back up…THEY GAVE US TWO MONTHS FOR HER TO LIVE…THEY BEGAN CHEMOTHERAPY AFTER SURGERY FOR A PORT-A-CATH…SHE WAS AT DEATH’s DOOR SO MANY TIMES I DEMANDED IT LEAVE IN THE NAME OF JESUS. SHE WAS 1O1/2 WHEN SHE WAS DIAGNOSED AND A YEAR LATER SHE WEIGHED 48 POUNDS. CHEMOTHERAPY CONTINUED AND SHE GOT WORSE…OVER 125 HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS IN ONE YEAR…AND 3 SURGERIES. THERE WAS RADIATION…SHE GOT WORSE….FINALLY ONE DAY AT HER VERY WORSE I WENT TO THE CEMETARY…I WALKED AROUND AND I HEARD ALITTLE WIND CHIME AND IT WAS THE GRAVE OF A LITTLE BOY WHO HAD DIED…I SET DOWN THERE AT HIS GRAVE AND I SCREAMED AND I CRIED AND I BEGGED AND I PLEADED AND CRIED AND I WONDERED IF THIS LITTLE BOY’S MOTHER HAD MADE A VISIT TO A GRAVE SIDE LIKE I HAD….I FINALLY FELt A DARK CLOUD LIFT…I WENT BACK TO THE NINTH FLOOR OF ST. FRANCAIS HOSPITAL IN TULSA, OKLAHOMA AND MY DAUGHTER STILL LAYED THERE LIFELESS…NOTHING HAD CHANGED…I HEARD A PECKING AND I WAS LOOKING AROUND AND THERE AT THE WINDOW BANGING WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HUMMINGBIRD I HAVE EVER SEEN…THERE WERE NO FLOWERS ON THE WINDOW SEAL…NOTHING TO ATTRACT IT…I BELIEVE IT WAS AN ANGEL BECAUSE 15 MINUTES LATER A FRIEND BROUGHT ME A MAGNET THAT..(TEARS…TEARS) HAD THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HUMMINGBIRD THAT HAD THE SCRIPTURE JEREMIAH 29:11…FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU…PLEASE READ THE REST OF THAT POWERFUL SCRIPTURE OVER YOUR DAUGHTER…POST THAT SCRIPTURE OVER HER PRECIOUS BED….
    AMY BATTLED FOR 4 YEARS BUT SHE GOT BETTER AND BETTER AFTER THAT DAY….SHE IS NOW 32 YEARS OLD…ON JUNE 10, 2008 SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH SQUAMOUS CELL CANCER AND GIVEN LESS THAN 2 MONTHS TO LIVE…ONE WEEK AFTER SHE WAS DIAGNOSED THE LORD GAVE ME THE SCRIPTURE….”I WILL GIVE YOU BACK YOUR HEALTH AND HEAL THY WOUNDS,” SAITH THE LORD….JEREMIAH 30:17
    DECEMBER 10TH SHE FINISHED HER LAST CHEMO AND RADIATION…NO CANCER BUT THEY ARE CHECKING HER MONTHLY….MY URL IS http://debbie-jeremiah3017.blogspot.com
    i cried…iyelled…i confessed…i whispered…i wrote jeremiah 30:17 on everything.
    I don’t know what God’s plans are but He came to give us LIFE and LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY…
    don’t ever give up…when amy was little and the dr. said she wouldn’t live two months…i got in his face and said YOU DON”T HAVE THE FINAL SAY SO…GOD DOES!!!!!
    you are in my daily prayers…i have such a deep burden to love and hug you both…i have been there even though i could never know how you feel…no one does…the heart aches and grieves in such different ways…BUT GOD’S WORD IS POWERFUL AND HE STILL IS A GOD OF MIRACLES.
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  • January 30, 2009 - 8:35 pm

    Anonymous - Jess and Joel,
    Your strength in what I read daily is amazing. We’re praying for you and so are many, many others. People in Arkansas that you don’t even know are praying for little Cora as well. We think about you everyday. Your faith is encouraging- He hears our prayers and will answer them.
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  • January 30, 2009 - 9:14 pm

    Amy Wedel - Jess and Joel –

    We pray for you and your family. I told everyone that works at Schowalter Villa to pray. I shared your blog page and many continue to life you up in prayer. You (Jess) have been such an important part of Brian’s life and we are so grateful for you. God is continually giving you strength. I have seen the power of prayer in action at Schowalter and with those prayer warriors lifting you and your family up, it definitely doesn’t hurt. You are all on our mind daily and mom sends her love to you.

    Love to you all

    Mike, Amy, Brian, & Anthony Wedel
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  • January 30, 2009 - 9:30 pm

    Chris and Mandi - We are praying for you every day. I have been following your blog through a friend of mine. I have fallen in love with little Cora she is soooo precious. Please know that GOD is with you every moment of every day. We are praying for a miracle to be preformed.
    In Christ,
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  • January 30, 2009 - 9:46 pm

    Anonymous - Your sweet, precious daughter is in my thoughts and prayers daily.

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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:15 pm

    peacekeeper - SIL told me about your daughter. our prayers are with you and your little cora.

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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:56 pm

    Anonymous - There are so many things I should be doing right now,but NOTHING seems more important than praying for your duaghter. Your daughter’s beautiful face has been in my mind all day. Your story has touched me in ways I do not have words for. But most of all, it’s your family’s faith in God that brings me to my knees in prayer. I don’t even know what emotions I would have, BUT JESS and JOEL, You are role models to Christians all over the world. You are still praising God. You guys are amazing and Cora is so blessed to have YOU two as parents. I am a prayer warrior and will be until the miracle you pray for happens. God bless you and your precious child. I am spreading the word like wildfire about this child of God. Made so wonderfully and fearfully. Keep fighting little Cora and be brave.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:58 pm

    Kristy Tootle - Update soon…..we are praying feverishly!!!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:02 pm

    Anonymous - Praying in Columbia, Missouri…ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:17 pm

    Anonymous - So glad you all had a better day. Every time I think of Cora (which is many times a day) I lift her and you all up in prayer. It is so cool to look thru these comments and see the number of people from coast to coast, many you don’t even know that are praying! We have a big God. We love you guys,
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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:25 pm

    Jodi Mockabee - My first visit as well. Know prayers are being lifted up to our Father for your BEAUTIFUL girl. Love,
    The Mockabees
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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:31 pm

    marilyn - Dear Joel, and Jess

    We have been following your blogs for several months now and we have fallen in LOVE with your little Cora. She has become our little “webb” angel. We checked your site every day for a picture of her. When we found out about her cancer our hearts cried out in pain!! I have sent your prayer requests to everyone I know. Cora is even being prayed for in Taiwan.Our GOD is an AWESOME GOD, HE REIGNS… and He HEALS!!!!!!!!!!! Friends and former neighbors to your Chambers family. Mike, Marilyn and Aleigha Holz P.S. I’ve never become so attached to someone I don’t even know. Cora, I really want to meet you someday. FIGHT HARD!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:38 pm

    Correnta - I pray many times a day for sweet Cora and for you as parents and for the doctors – hope you are able to see Cora’s smile soon. We have passed your prayer requests on to many faithful prayer warriors.

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  • February 5, 2009 - 4:14 pm

    Sammer - Dear Joel, Jess & Cora:
    Cora is a beautiful little girl with such a sweet spirit. We are praying for her and you/your family during this tough time for peace, health and strength.
    Much Love,
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an update from dad

Hey everyone, this is dad writing to you tonight. (This is my first ever blog post so if I mess up too badly please forgive me.) I am sitting beside Cora’s bed, and she is finally sleeping peacfully. It has been a really long couple of days since Jess last updated, so I will try to fill you all in from where she left off.

On tuesday morning we started out the day learning that Cora had to go back into surgery. Her incision, which goes all of the way across her abdoman, was seeping abdominal fluid and therefore needed immediate attention. This was quite a shock to us since the doctors had mentioned on monday that we might be able to go home the next day. The surgery only took about 45 minutes, but Cora was a wreck the rest of the day after coming off of the anesthesia. She also started to have a lot more trouble breathing, and getting comfortable. This was due to the large amount of fluid in her abdominal cavity and lungs. The doctors also think that her liver is enlarging so rapidly that it is contributing to the problems as well. That has made for two very painful days for Cora and her parents. It is soooo hard to watch your little girl be in that much pain and distress. As a result of all of this the pediatrician the surgeons and the oncologist decided that she should start her chemo as soon as possible. So instead of starting next monday like originally planned, we moved back down to ICU around 4:30 pm wednesday to start the first treatment. The chemo will last for around 80 hours and is all administered through the cvc line that was placed in her chest during surgery. The oncologist also warned us of the many risks that go along with this first round of treatment. (That was the point of the day where both parents lost it.) The positive part of this is that if the tumor responds well to the chemo it should start shrinking things in 24-48 hours.

The one highlite of the last two days was my brother flying in from China. He got in late tuesday night. It has been so encouraging to have him around.

This is a picture of Cora taken on tuesday night. I think she is getting a bit tired of all this.
Thank you so much to all of you who have been praying, visiting, and caring for us. We would not be able to make it through all of this with out you. We have also been so overwhelmed by the number of people who are praying for us across the country and around the world. Words can not describe our grattitude. We know that prayer is powerful, and we have felt God’s had in all of this. Right now we are holding onto the hope that we serve a powerful God, and that he can heal our daughter.
I Peter 5:10-11
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ,after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever Amen.
Here are few things to pray for.
Praise:
For an excellent team of doctors and nurses

For the thousands of people that are lifting us up in prayer

Prayer:
For a miracle
That God would minister to Cora in way that only He can
That Cora would not be in too much pain and that the chemo would not make her too sick
That the Chemo would go smoothly, and not have any of the dangerous side-effects
That the test results would come back as the more favorable type of cancer
That God would continue to give us the strength that we need to get through this.
That the cancer would start shrinking soon and give Cora some relief
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  • January 29, 2009 - 7:36 am

    Liz - I found a prayer request for adorable Cora on Angie’s blog Bring The Rain from another blogger. My heart is breaking and I can’t imagine what you must be going through. I am praying for your beautiful, sweet baby that she would be comfortable and that chemo would eradicate the cancer. I am praying that you experience peace that passes all understanding.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 7:48 am

    Laura - Hi, I just heard about your sweet Cora from another blogger. I am praying for Cora and all of you!

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  • January 29, 2009 - 7:52 am

    Sheryl - Praying for Cora. Wanting to pray with a heart full of trust and belief in miracles! HE is still a miracle worker. He provides them every single day.

    This mom in Michigan is praying that Cora’s pain subsides and that your hearts keep clinging to HIM.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 8:01 am

    Pam - Prayed for your sweet Cora every time I woke up during the night (I’m a bad sleeper).

    Peace and good news to you today,
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  • January 29, 2009 - 8:06 am

    mommyesquire - Continuing to pray for your miracle from Philadelphia.

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  • January 29, 2009 - 8:11 am

    Anonymous - Praying relentlessly! May the parents of this sweet baby girl continue to find hope through Christ.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 8:17 am

    lifeduringnaptime - Praying for Cora. A little boy in our sunday school class was diagnosed with neuroblastoma a few years ago. I am so thankful to say that the LORD healed him & as of now he continues to be cancer free!!! Here is his website – please feel free to contact them for encouragement and any questions!

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  • January 29, 2009 - 8:26 am

    Stephanie - I just heard about you on another blog. I am praying for Cora!!! She is absolutely beautiful and I pray that God will heal her and that these next few days will be alittle easier on her!ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 8:45 am

    Amanda - Hey guys. You all are such an inspiration to me. With all that is going on in your life right now you still want to praise and glorify God. I knew you when you were a godly couple and it is amazing to see you as godly parents! I’m praying for Cora and you guys. I just can’t imagine. But I am thankful to hear that you are leaning on Christ and seeking His comfort. We’re praying for you!ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 8:46 am

    sherryLsmith - Romans 15:13, “Now may God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace [perfect shalom] as you believe, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

    Blessings!
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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:05 am

    Deb - I’ve also heard about your story through another blog. I’m praying for all of you.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:14 am

    Stephanie Holzwarth - Praying you guys had a good night. Thanks for keeping us udated.
    We are praying for healing in Cora’s body as well as no nasty side effects!ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:14 am

    The Bohrer's - Abigail, Isaac and Ethan prayed for Cora this morning at breakfast. They know that she is only 4 days older than Levi. They really care about her.

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:18 am

    PamperingBeki - God bless you all.

    Praying constantly here.

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:21 am

    Anonymous - So glad James made it. (all I can see is two teenage boys painting David & Vera’s house!).

    We are praying, praying, praying.
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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:22 am

    C.C. and Double T - Continuing to pray for you and to pass on your story to everyone I can.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:22 am

    Heather @ boy, girl, and a pug - Just wanted you to know, that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I am currently fighting cancer also, and I have to say, I thank God every day that it is me and not my babies. I can’t imagine the pain you are feeling. You are tough parents and that is one tough baby you have there.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:30 am

    Jennifer and Jarod - Hey Joel and Jess,

    I was just reading that same passage yesterday in I Peter and was thinking of you.

    Praying lots,
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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:32 am

    beckley - praying for you…ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:35 am

    the*4*of*us - My heart breaks for you all, but you are right–God is so much bigger than this!!!
    Praying for all of you today.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:36 am

    Anonymous - I read about Cora on another blog. I wanted you to know that I am praying for your sweet baby girl. I can’t imagine how heartbreaking it must be to watch your baby go through so much suffering. We serve a mighty God, and ALL things are possible through Him!

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:42 am

    Barr Family - I hopped over here from Angie’s Bring the Rain blog and just have to say your little Cora is beautiful! My heart hurts so much for her and your family. I will be praying for sweet Cora, that the chemo will work, that Cora will be cancer-free, that she will be as comfortable as possible…and I will be praying for you guys that God will surround you with His comfort. AmandaReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:42 am

    Anonymous - Your extended family in CT is following along your journey and joining in prayer for beautiful Cora and each of you. God give you the strength to meet each hour with continuing hope and may He embrace Cora even more deeply in this critical time. Know that we are with you all in our thoughts, spirit and prayers. The Dumas Family -ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:48 am

    Nanette - praying like crazy in
    texas.
    God bless you all.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:52 am

    Marla Taviano - Praying for a miracle for beautiful Cora and strength for her loving Mommy and Daddy!ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:52 am

    Sara - I found a prayer request from Meg at Whatever for your so lovely Cora. My heart is in pieces thinking of Cora. She is so beautiful and God is good. He will help her heal and overcome this! My thoughts and prayers are with you!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:54 am

    Karen - she is just beautiful.
    our hands are all holding yours.
    may God take care of your precious baby and make her well again.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:57 am

    Kate - absolutely in my prayers… I could not imagie what you must be going through. They had suspected my middle daughter of having a brain tumor when she was just a month old. But to go through, having your worst fears confirmed, I could never imagine. I know your baby will pulll through just fine. God id in control & he will help ypu guys through this horrific phase in your life. I pray that you continue to keep God in your lives & that your baby girl makes a quick & successful recovery!ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 10:01 am

    Scrapping Life and more - Sending prayers to sweet baby Cora and her family.ReplyCancel

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    Cristy - Praying and trusting Him. Knowing he can heal baby Cora!

    Huge hugs to you guys today…..

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  • January 29, 2009 - 10:07 am

    Anonymous - I can’t get your daughter’s precious face out of my mind. I am praing SO hard today for that miracle and that she gets through Chemo with ease.
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  • January 29, 2009 - 10:12 am

    Pearls To Hide My Neck - I came to your blog from Meg’s. She is precious and I will put her on our prayer chain. Just wanted you to know more will be praying for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 10:13 am

    Erin - I also heard about you from another blog…praying hard for little Cora and your whole family!ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 10:17 am

    Joe and Cindy Frasier - Our church is all praying for baby Cora and your whole family. Ryan keeps us updated, as well as now viewing your blog site. Thank you for the updates and please know you are covered in prayer here in Colorado.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 10:17 am

    mommaof4wife2r - i’m here from meg’s blog and i am just in prayer as i read this. may you be filled with peace and strength and i pray for a healing on that precious little cora. she’s is just a beautiful girlie pie. may you all find rest and continue to bring beauty from this. great witness…ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Praying for a miracle for your beautiful baby girl. Our Papa loves her very much and He is a powerful God!ReplyCancel

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    T with Honey - Just wanted to let you know that I will be sending prayers up for Cora and for you, her parents.ReplyCancel

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    Shelly - Hello Cora and Family,
    I found your blog through Meg. I just wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers.
    Take care,
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    wife.mom.nurse - You are in my prayers!
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    dmelen - Praying still today. And until she is healed.
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    Brian and Staci - I came over from Meg’s blog…I am praying for your family. God bless your little Cora. Sweet baby.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - PRAYING so hard, for healing, strength and courage in fighting this monster. God is Good!
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  • January 29, 2009 - 10:33 am

    wenderful - Prayer is a powerful thing. The power of prayer can work miracles. My 10 year old son went through 3 open heart surgeries in his first 3 years and it was prayer, faith, and hope that got us through.
    You are in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 10:36 am

    Anonymous - Marla Taviano asked for prayer for you guys and for Cora on her xanga. I will definitely be praying for strength for all of you and that God would miraculously heal sweet Cora. I will also be passing this on to my Sunday school to pray for. Praying for you!

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    The Frasiers - Joel, you did a great job blogging. I would read your posts anytime.
    Ryan and I think about you guys constantly. Praying so hard and sending happy thoughts. ryan and lindsayReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I have been watching your counter. I realized that since I checked this site this morning you have had over 500 people in two hours checking in on your family and praying for Cora. That is SO powerful! PRAY PRAY PRAY!!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 10:44 am

    Kaleena - I just read about Cora on another blog. As a parent, we hope and pray that nothing like this ever happens to our precious children. I pray that the Lord will bring you peace and comfort during this trying time. I also pray that the Lord will station angels of protection around sweet Cora so that she may get healthy and cancer free. I pray the chemo is successful in killing the cancer and that one day soon you are able to take that sweet baby home-cancer free! Bless you all and may the angels be with you.
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    Beth in NC - I am praying for your precious daughter and for the entire family.

    As the Mom of a little girl, I can’t imagine your pain for Cora. God bless you all.

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  • January 29, 2009 - 10:46 am

    Maple Memories - I read about Cora from another blog (whatever). After reading about your journey over the past week, I was reminded of friends of ours that had a son diagnosed with Neuroblastoma a few years ago. HE BEAT THE CANCER and is a happy healthy little boy!!! They are also in Kansas. I have passed along your blog to them in hopes that they will get in touch with you. Matt and Kristi are wonderful Christian people and would be a fantastic resource and source of comfort/understanding. God bless you and your family. I will be praying, praying, praying!

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    Sara - I just found your blog, I wanted to say that you are in my prayers. I absolutely cannot imagine what you are going through. My sister had a baby boy at 27 weeks, and when he came out he was 1 pound 12 ounces, and the dr’s brought her in a room and told her that they had done everything they could for him, that he was so sick, they just couldn’t see him making it. Today, he is making it. He has been with us for two months now and is surpassing all of the dr’s expectations, every single time. He is truly a miracle. She will be ok. She will make it through this. You have a tough little girl, with some wonderful parent’s who love her.ReplyCancel

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    Kerri - I came over here from Sneaky Mommas blog. I am so sorry for what you are going through. Your little girl is absolutely beautiful. She looks like her Daddy. I will definitely add you guys to my prayers. I know Heavenly Father is watching over your little family. Keep the positive spirit.ReplyCancel

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    Beth Ann - Praying for Cora and your beautiful family.ReplyCancel

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    jennifergriffin - I heard about sweet Cora yesterday! I am praying here in Ohio!ReplyCancel

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    talkingwithtami - God please watch over Cora give her strength! In Jesus name!ReplyCancel

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    Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick - I am praying for you and your sweet girl.ReplyCancel

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    aswewalk - Found you on Meg’s blog. Crying and lifting up Cora and you all to the Heavenly Comforter.ReplyCancel

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    creativecarryout - Praying for your little Cora and your family.ReplyCancel

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    MMW - Oh My – I read about you from the blog WHATEVER. I would love to pray for your baby girl and your family and the doctors involved. Oh precious Cora. Praise God for teaching us to rely on him through trials.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 11:12 am

    Elizabeth - Hey Jess and Joel – Joel your blog was great! You should try it more often. I am praying today, as another was praying, that the Lord stations angels all around…guardian angels to watch over all of you. He is holding Cora in the very palm of His hand and that is the safest place to be. We believe in miracles and we are praying with you throughout the day. Stay strong.
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  • January 29, 2009 - 11:18 am

    christy - i followed a friend’s facebook link, know that believers all over are praying with you. thank you for being a model of faith for us, but know that you have an army you have never met also standing with you.
    blessings
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    Renae - joel and jess,
    we have been and will continue to lift you up in prayer! i pray that you are reminded again and again that the God of all peace and comfort is right beside you. may you feel His peace and loving arms as you continue to make decisions and persevere. we are praying that cora’s little body responds well to the chemo and that her level of pain will be minimal.

    love you three,
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    Gail - You guys sure have a lot of people who love you! Thanks for pausing to update us all in the midst of your chaos. We’re continuing to hold little Cora up to Jesus.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 11:25 am

    Kimberlie - Praying for sweet Cora and her family.

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    Mary Jane and Jason - At the risk of adding to the noise…you don’t know me or my wife, but know that we are praying for Cora and for the two of you
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    forever folding laundry - I heard about your beautiful Cora from Meg’s blog, and wanted you to know I’m praying for her and all of your family, and will continue to do so. Cling to Him and your faith…

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    Chris - My thoughts are with you and Cora in this difficult time .
    I send you my love and hopes for a good outcome.
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    Anonymous - Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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    The Fabulous Side of Me - Hello. I came accross your site through another blogger. Sweet Cora is in our prayers. I am so sorry you all have to go through this. I hold out and believe God has good things in store for Cora and your family. Lots of prayers.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I heard about Cora from Angie’s blog and you have been in my thoughts and prayers since. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time. I pray that God will heal that little body and make her well. God Bless all of you!!!
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  • January 29, 2009 - 11:47 am

    Kate - I received a prayer request from Amy Rosfeld for baby Cora. I just wanted you to know that I will pray for your little girl, and for the both of you and your support system. May God give you strength, peace, and the miracle of a complete recovery from cancer.
    In prayer,
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  • January 29, 2009 - 11:55 am

    Melissa - Elaine at Matters of the Heart sent me over here, and I just wanted to let you know that I will be praying for your sweet baby girl that the Lord will work a miracle in her life and give you strength in the meantime!ReplyCancel

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    *jimaie.marie* - I found you through megs blog and I just wanted to let you know that your sweet Cora is in my prayers every night…god bless you and your family (((hugs)))ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 12:17 pm

    Anonymous - Renae sent your blog to me and asked me to be praying for your sweet Cora. I am and will continue to lift your entire family up to the Lord. May He give you a miracle and may you feel His loving embrace!!

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    The Mershawn's - We don’t know you, but found you guys through another blog. We have a healthy 20 month old baby girl, and seeing your baby, well it hurts.
    We’re praying and 100% believing and standing with you for a miracle. That Cora won’t have pain, she won’t be sad, and that the cancer will be wiped away quickly, and that she’ll live a long, beautiful life serving the Lord. We’re praying for you guys too. I just can’t even begin to imagine….but our God is BIG, and He can do all things!ReplyCancel

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    Wendy - I’ll be praying for your beautiful little girl! I’ve added your blog on to my blog list, so I’m hoping to get more people praying for you all.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 1:03 pm

    Kelly - Just wanted to let you know one more person is praying for you and your precious Cora. My first child’s due in about two weeks, so your story is extra touching to me. I’ll be praying fervently for healing and comfort for Cora and for peace for you guys.
    With God’s love,
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  • January 29, 2009 - 1:13 pm

    Julie - You don’t know me but I’m praying for you guys. God knew when she was born what Cora would be going through today, and that is why He blessed her with such amazing parents!
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  • January 29, 2009 - 1:14 pm

    Anna - I am visiting from Meg’s blog over at “whatever”…she sent out a prayer request for your precious Cora. My heart is aching for your family. You are in my prayers and I believe that the Lord is with you. Although it isn’t easy, cast your worries upon Him. Take care!
    {{HUGS}}
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  • January 29, 2009 - 1:44 pm

    Anonymous - Isaiah 40:28-29,31a
    The LORD is the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.

    Praying that you feel the arms of our everlasting Father holding you all close to His heart and giving you His strength.

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  • January 29, 2009 - 1:45 pm

    Anonymous - I found your blog through one blog, looking at another blog from one of my friends sites. I have 17 month old daughter and cannot even imagine as a parent having to go through what you are going through. I look at your little girl & pray that she is not in very much pain & that the treatment works and the cancer goes away. You have a beautiful little girl and she doesn’t deserve this but God gives us these challenges for a reason. Sometimes that reason isn’t always staring at us in the face. I pray for you, your family & especially for your sweet little Cora. My aching heart goes out to you.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 1:45 pm

    Katie Barlow - Wow. I just heard about Cora. I’m in tears right now and don’t know what to say. I will pray for her and your family. She is a beautiful little girl.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 1:47 pm

    Anonymous - Hello, I am a relative of Jodi and Ryan Glunt. I want you to know that I will pray for your little girl. And pray for your strength to get through this time.
    Aren’t these blogs wonderful? They offer so much support for you.
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  • January 29, 2009 - 1:53 pm

    Melissa Mae Johnson - I wish I could do something for your family. My mom is a five time breast cancer survivor, and I know all too well what a rough path it is to watch someone you love so dearly suffer. Especially one so small and innocent! We will keep your little Cora in our prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 1:55 pm

    Kristi Toews - Hello! My name is Kristi Toews and I’m from Lawrence, KS. My son had neuroblastoma as a baby (diagnosed at 5 months old) as well. He is now almost 5 years old and has been cancer-free for over 4 years! He is “normal” in every way shape and form. We have shocked a lot of people when we tell him that he had cancer as a baby. Forgive me as I haven’t read through all of your posts, so I don’t know a lot about your situation. Someone just emailed me and informed me about Cora just being diagnosed. I know several survivors of infant neuroblastoma!! If you’d like me to send you their websites, please let me know. Survivor stories always helped me get through my son’s treatment period (4 rounds of chemo and several surgeries). I did read in your journal that Cora is under 12 months and that is GREAT. I’m sure you already know that her prognosis is so much better when you are under 12 (or some say 18) months. We received our treatment from Children’s Mercy in KC. We had a great experience there. I’m leaving you with both my son’s website and another infant neuroblastoma website of a good friend of mine. Please email me for any reason at any time. toewsk@yahoo.com

    http://www.caringbridge.org/ks/babycarson
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    Carla - I found a prayer request on Sneaky Mama’s blog and came over here to read more about your sweet girl. My heart is so sad over all Cora and you have to endure right now. I will be praying for healing and protection and will hope for a miracle. (((Hugs)))ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 2:08 pm

    colleen - Big Prayers for Cora from Virginia. I read on one of the blogs I follow about your sweet girl. Our daughter Ellie is 6. Last April she was diagnosed with a brain tumor (s-PNET) which is very rare & aggressive. Our world, like yours, was rocked hard. It is the hardest thing to see your child have to endure surgeries, needle sticks, radiation, chemotherapy and countless blood transfusions. But… Ellie’s cancer has been one of the best things that have ever happened to us. I know that sounds bizarre and it is but we turned to God to get us through this. Our community turned to God and we were given so many signs from God. More than I ever thought possible. I KNOW GOD IS THERE and I know that we all will be OK regardless.
    Ellie went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis because they offered us the best hope. It’s an amazing place. Ellie was there posterchild this past Christmas and she brought such needed awareness to pediatric cancer. We have been finished with treatment for 2 months. It took 8 months to get through it but we were blessed and God carried Ellie through. She is doing well and we feel she will continue. We are on a 5 year wait and watch but we have learned to live in the moment and to appreciate everything.

    Please let me know if you need anything or if I can offer any advice or just an ear to listen. It is a hard journey you are on but you will come out and you will be better for it. KEEP THE FAITH and ask everyone to PRAY!

    Ellie’s website is http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/ellie1

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    Rebecca Louise. - I am praying that Cora responds well and will be smiling again in no time! X.ReplyCancel

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    *Keli* - What a beautiful baby girl! I will definitely be praying for healing for Cora and comfort for you and your family! God is good!!!ReplyCancel

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    Kasey - Praying for you and Cora.ReplyCancel

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    Jill (Sneaky Momma) - Continuing to pray for that sweet little girl of yours.
    Psalm 46:10 helped me out so much when the health of my unborn child was uncertain. It reminded me to stay calm and remember that He was in control of our situation. Praying for His comfort and peace as you head down tthe long road ahead.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Beleiving with you for a miricale!

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    Andrea Cartwright - We’re friends of the Bohrer’s and are praying for you in South Carolina!ReplyCancel

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    carissa... brown eyed fox - our family would be honored to hold your precious Cora in prayer!ReplyCancel

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    Sherry - You have been on my heart since I heard about your daughter. Praying for you constantly and your sweet, adorable baby.ReplyCancel

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    Kristi - Find hope in Psalm 91. You are constantly in my prayer. In Him we have hope!ReplyCancel

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    Patrice - My sister, Karen, works with you and told me about your precious Cora. Everyone in my family is saying extra prayers for her and I have started a novena to our “Infant Jesus of Prague” asking Him for a complete healing of Cora. God bless you all. Jesus We Trust In You.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 3:50 pm

    Meghan - I am praying…ReplyCancel

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    Dell5 - Saying a prayer for your sweet baby girl! May God heal her body so she can be a little girl again. May God also give you strength. From what I have read you are wonderful parents. Cora is so lucky! God Bless You All!ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 4:07 pm

    Kalei - I know you have lots of support and prayers, but I am throwing one more your way. I have a friend Dave who’s son Jake was diagnosed in a similar fashion. Jake is now in Remission and if you like he has a page: http://www.caringbridge.org/co/jacobtylercohen/ If you want to leave any questions or comments from one parent to another I am sure he would not mind it. Also, if you are hosting any sort of fundraiser for your son, please let me know and I can get some gift cards to throw in the basket. email me at antibloggedy@gmail(dot)com. Please give your little Cora one more set of hugs and kisses from Kalei, Kai(2yr) and Violet(10mo) who will also say a little prayer for Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 4:07 pm

    Amanda - I would be honored to pray for your angel… I cannot imagine what you are feeling, but hope that God will speak to your very soul, and offer you the peace only He can give.

    many blessings-
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    Anonymous - Many prayers from Scranton, Pa!!!ReplyCancel

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    Grandma's Blessings - We are praying for a miracle of healing and that each day, God would lift you up in His Wonderful Loving Hands and comfort you and protect your sweet baby Cora.
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    Margaret - Praying for you and your family. We have a sweet child at our church that has been through alot and is now in remission. Miracles do happen…keep the faith.

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    laura - We will be praying for your family. Strength for the parents as well as for sweet Cora. Our hearts break thinking about the pain she must endure, but we know that God is good, all the time, and He will be with her as she fights this battle.
    Blessings-
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    Tracy - To the McClenahan family: I just came across your blog through another blog that I read and I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for Cora and your entire family that she gets better very soon. Continue to have faith in our Great Lord above as he watches over all of you. God Bless You all… Hugs, Tracy from New JerseyReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 4:41 pm

    Katie - What a beautiful, beautiful little girl Cora is.

    Praying for strength not just for Cora, but you, her parents as well. I remember all too well the heavy feelings of inadequacy that plagued as my son fought the good fight…keeping you all in my prayers. God bless you now and always.ReplyCancel

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    belladella - I am praying for your precious baby girl. And I am praying for your beautiful family.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 4:49 pm

    Anonymous - Heard about your prayer request form Meg’s Whatever Blog.
    Wanted to let you know that I am praying right along w/ everyone else believe in a miracle for your little Cora!
    I am getting people her in Illinois praying for your family.

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  • January 29, 2009 - 4:58 pm

    Jessica - I found your blog through another blogger and please know we are all praying for you and your family. I am in tears reading what you have been through and please know prayers are coming from London.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 5:04 pm

    anna - i found your blog today through whatever. i am praying for you and little cora like c.r.a.z.y. may He give you peace and comfort throughout this difficult time. and Lord, please heal little cora’s body!!!ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Kelley - I have no words for your family. My heart aches for you. I remember seeing Cora’s pictures on Meg’s blog…darling. She even looks cute in the hospital! I pray that God heals your baby and you guys can move on with healed heart too!ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 5:23 pm

    Angela Miller - We are two years into our son Charlie’s battle with NB. I can honestly say know what you are going through. I promise, once the shock wears off, you will take this in stride as it becomes your new normal. Charlie was 20 mos. at diagnosis and today he is cancer free, so there really is light at the end of this tunnel. If you ever want someone to vent to or have any questions, I’m here.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I found your blog through another blogger…and all I can say is I’ll be praying like crazy for your little girl! Hang in there, amazing miracles happen every day!ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 5:34 pm

    Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace - I’m coming over from CT’s blog and also Bring the Rain. Oh…your precious Cora is so beautiful…beyond words. My heart is breaking with and for you. Please know that I will be praying fervently for a miracle for your Cora…and for sufficient grace, comfort, and peace from our Lord who is more than able to meet your every need. Your faith is beautiful…keep holding on to Jesus. And…when you are too weak to hold on to Him…He will carry you…and He won’t let go.

    In His Grace,
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    Sufficient Grace Ministries for Women, Inc.
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  • January 29, 2009 - 6:20 pm

    Julie F. - I found these verses in the Psalms, and thought of you:

    29 I am in pain and distress;
    may your salvation, O God, protect me.

    30 I will praise God’s name in song
    and glorify him with thanksgiving.

    31 This will please the LORD more than an ox,
    more than a bull with its horns and hoofs.
    (Psalm 69:29-31; I left verse 31 in there hoping it might mean something to Joel:)

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  • January 29, 2009 - 6:33 pm

    The Morris Family - Cora is beautiful!!! I am sad to say we have journeyed the Neuroblastoma journey. Our 3 yr twin was dx Dec. 06 and went to be with Jesus 1/23/07. One thing to be encouraged with is that is Cora is younger, our little Joel was 3 and it is much harder. I will tell you the only way I have made it through this is by His grace, the words of scripture and now the hope that I will see my Joel again. Its a hard battle but nothing is too hard for our Lord. Keep praying and pleading, may His will be done!!
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  • January 29, 2009 - 6:48 pm

    Anonymous - Hi, I am cousins with Kendall and want you to know that I am praying so hard for your precious little girl. May God wrap His arms around you all and hold you tight through this difficult time.ReplyCancel

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    CherryTreeLane - thinking of you and your family and praying that the Lord gives her, and you both, relief. He is a good God…and has a plan.ReplyCancel

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    Elaine - Praying for you and your sweet baby girl.ReplyCancel

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    Jen - I just found your blog… you are in my thoughts and prayers. I can’t imagine what you are going through, but know that God has a plan…
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  • January 29, 2009 - 7:37 pm

    Anonymous - I heard about Cora through another blogger. I am so sorry that you are walking this journey. Your little Cora and you are in my prayers. Psalm 34:18 says that God is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. I will pray that this is so for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 8:16 pm

    seabafive - I received an email today asking prayer for your sweet little girl. We are praying for little Cora and that she will win this battle!ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 8:17 pm

    Joanne (The Simple Wife) - Came from Rachel’s blog at Cherry Tree Lane and adding my prayers to all those listed here.

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  • January 29, 2009 - 8:25 pm

    Vincent Family - Hello, I came across your site through another blogger. Your sweet little girl is in my prayers. I cannot even imagine as a parent having to go through what you are going through. I look at your sweet little girl & pray that she is not in very much pain & that the treatment works and the cancer goes away. Stay strong!

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  • January 29, 2009 - 8:27 pm

    Shannan - I heard about your family through Meg’s blog and I want you to know that I will not stop praying for you and beautiful Cora. We went through a very, very similar situation with our son almost exactly 2 years ago. He was 22 months old. It is scary and hard, but Cora is blessed to have her Mommy and Daddy and God designed that from the very beginning. He is mighty to save. Praying here-
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  • January 29, 2009 - 8:57 pm

    Marla Taviano - I’ve been praying for Cora all day! I’ll keep going!ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:07 pm

    Carly Winborne - I just found you from “Whatever”. My heart breaks for you. While I have never walked in your shoes, I do have a 3 year old little girl who used to have cheeks just like Cora. In these pictures, it was as if I was looking at my very own baby. I can’t imagine what you are feeling and going through.

    But we serve a mighty, loving God, don’t we. And if His plans are perfect, who are we to question them? So much easier to say than to do, right? My prayer is that you’ll continue to seek HIS will as you care for Cora. I pray, even now, that His will is to restore and heal your precious baby.

    Cora and both your families will remain in my prayers.

    Carly Winborne
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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:25 pm

    Anonymous - McClenahan’s we are praying for you morning, noon and night.ReplyCancel

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    June - We are praying for your sweet little girl.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:33 pm

    Kalei - I hope you don’t mind, I posted about you in my blog today. I took a picture of Cora from your sidebar to direct more readers to you and your family. I hope that is okay. God Bless your Ohana. Much Aloha, AntibloggedyReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:34 pm

    MarciaBrady - Hi. I made my way over from Bloggedy Blog Blog.

    My heart goes out to your family! I will definitely keep Cora and your prayer requests in my prayers! I can’t imagine what you’re going through, but I know that God is a big God and He can bring Cora and your family through this!

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:35 pm

    Southern Lady - May God bless your precious angel Cora with a miracle, and hold her close while the chemo drugs heal her little body. And may you and your family feel his arms around you lifting you up and giving you strength and comfort during the days to come.

    My heart aches for you and your beautiful little Cora …

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:44 pm

    ashle - I too found a prayer request on another blog. Our family is praying for you. I have also put in a prayer request at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:49 pm

    Emily - I just read about your baby doll Cora. She’s such an adorable little baby and reminds me so much of mine. My heart aches for your family. I’m praying for Cora and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 9:58 pm

    Trisha - I just learned about your little girl from my friend Jen. I want you to know that I will be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 10:05 pm

    Anonymous - Just came across this blog….my heart is broken and I am praying for your sweet baby. Please, Lord Jesus, heal this sweet child!!
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  • January 29, 2009 - 10:08 pm

    Beth E. - Praying for Cora…

    Father, may this chemo kill every cancerous cell, in the name of Jesus. Protect Cora’s healthy cells, Lord, and give her relief from pain. Help her to rest this evening, allowing her parents to also rest. Help this precious family to feel Your comfort and peace. Give the doctors great wisdom. Father, I’m asking for Cora’s complete and total healing. I rebuke this cancer in the name of Jesus!

    Amen

    Blessings to you…
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  • January 29, 2009 - 10:16 pm

    beckley - more prayers from milwaukeeReplyCancel

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    Kathy - She is precious. Count me in as another who is praying for this dear one.ReplyCancel

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    Miss G - I’m praying. I came over from Meg’s blog. KellyReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 10:44 pm

    Anonymous - Praying tonight for your sweet family!
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  • January 29, 2009 - 11:07 pm

    Mike, Chelsea and Co. - Your beautiful little Cora will be in our thoughts and prayers continuously.

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  • January 29, 2009 - 11:11 pm

    Patty Bichelmeyer - I just received an email for a prayer request for your little girl. What a beautiful baby you have, you could just spend all day kissing those cheeks! My daughter has a friend who had cancer last year, we prayed to St. Therese for her everynight and as of scans done earlier this month, she is 6 months cancer free! We will pray to St. Therese for your little Cora. May God bless you,
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    Merriam, KansasReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 11:11 pm

    mommyholly - I just came over to your blog from Rachel at Cherry Tree Lane. I wanted to let you know that even though I don’t know you all, you are most definitely in my prayers! I can’t imagine what you are going through, but know that many, many people are keeping your beautiful daughter in their prayers. XOXOX HollyReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 11:13 pm

    GrannySmithGreen - Please know that I will be praying for your precious Cora. God is with you always. (Matthew 28:20)ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 11:26 pm

    trinacoyle - As I type, the tears are falling and my heart is aching for your family. Cora, your family and the medical team that is working on her will be in our prayers here in DE. God bless and comfort you all.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 11:29 pm

    Juls - We’re praying for you guys like crazee!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 7:17 am

    Lynn - Found your blog on another one. Praying for you and sweet Cora!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 3:46 pm

    My Three Sons - My friend Ellie Garwood sent us an email asking for prayer for Cora. I guess you have mutual friends, but have never met. Cora and your family are now in our prayers on a daily basis. I can’t believe how strong you are as parents I can’t imagine the pain. You have been a blessing to me, to remind me that we serve a mighty God and he is in control.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 5:17 pm

    Tricia - I found your blog thru the Beauty of Sufficient Grace… I am so sorry for what you are going through, but so glad that you are clinging to Jesus through this hard time. I will be praying for all of you…

    I have a prayer blog, I will add you to it so even more people can be praying for your precious family…

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  • February 4, 2009 - 12:12 am

    Anonymous - Cora is a beautiful baby girl. I will be praying for all of you. I am encouraged by your faith and strength.ReplyCancel

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Asking For Your Prayers

Hey this is James, Joel’s brother, just asking you to pray. 

Cora is beginning her first round of chemotherapy right now, and we just wanted to remind you to pray especially hard at this time because the first dose of this treatment is really critical, with a lot of risks involved. Her treatments will last for the next 78 hours, so please remember to pray for her especially in these next few days. 
This is a really difficult time for us all, but it means so much to know that you are lifting us up before our Heavenly Father all over the world. Please continue to ask Him for a miracle.
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  • January 28, 2009 - 6:50 pm

    Jenna - Praying for your family as you go through these trying times. I will be in prayer for your Cora.

    Praying in FL
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  • January 28, 2009 - 6:51 pm

    Jenni - Was praying for Cora in my sleep last night.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 6:54 pm

    Courtney and the Boys - God bless you in this journey with Cora…you all will be in my prayers…

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  • January 28, 2009 - 7:05 pm

    Holly Green - Having 2 sweet little girls myself, it breaks my heart to hear about your little girl. I will continue to pray for strength for your family and especially for Cora. We do know that God is in control of all things and that this is not too big for Him.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 7:11 pm

    Soni Henry - Praying for your beautiful little baby. Praying for healing, peace, and comfort for all of your family.ReplyCancel

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    Fran - Cora and you guys are in my thoughts and prayers. We serve a mighty God, may He comfort you and strengthen you during this time.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 7:46 pm

    Anonymous - Just came across your blog..wanted to let you know that prayers for Cora are being said in Cape Girardeau, MO.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 7:52 pm

    KK - You are in my thoughts and prayers. Praying for healing for Cora and peace of mind for her family.
    Blessings today and every day,
    Kaye
    Matthew 21:22ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 7:52 pm

    Danielle - I will pray for your sweet cora. I can’t seem to find your email. Is there any way you can email me at blogsbydanielle@gmail.com from your email address?

    Thanks!

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  • January 28, 2009 - 7:57 pm

    C.C. and Double T - I am praying for you and encouraging those who read my blog to do the same.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 8:12 pm

    Andrea - Joel, Jess, and Baby Cora, We have being praying for you everyday. We love you, Timothy and Andrea GreeneReplyCancel

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    Marcy - Praying for your family and your sweet little girl!ReplyCancel

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    burgmom - Praying for you and your family tonight.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 8:14 pm

    Kay - I’m so sorry you’re having to go through this. I know you’re on overload right now, but if you get to a point that you want more info, there is plenty to be had at

    http://www.dungan.blogspot.com

    ~kayReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 8:16 pm

    PamperingBeki - Praying day and night for Cora and the entire family.ReplyCancel

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    Courtney Kay - Praying for sweet little Cora!ReplyCancel

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    Stephanie & Andy Holzwarth - We are praying for you, Cora, Joel & Jess!ReplyCancel

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    Sheryl - found you through another blog. cannot imagine. asking God to bring your family to my mind so that i will prayReplyCancel

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    lgraves - praying.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 8:44 pm

    Anonymous - Found you through Bring the Rain. I am heartbroken for you and your sweet baby, Cora. As a mother, I cannot imagine what you must be going through…

    God is so great, and He will use this situation to the good of His glory.

    I am praying for you all!

    Blessings,

    Beth,
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  • January 28, 2009 - 8:47 pm

    -stephanie- - praying for a complete healing for Cora. What a doll she is.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 8:52 pm

    Rachel - Praying for you and your sweet baby girl. I will continue to pray and pray until she is healed. She is a beautiful little girl and she is so lucky to have parents who love her so much!! Many blessings to you!

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  • January 28, 2009 - 8:53 pm

    Anonymous - We will pray continually.

    Love, Brian, Shana, Jace & KaeteReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 9:04 pm

    tahnie - hi there,

    i am a stranger and just found you from angie smith’s twitter. i’m not sure if you have already met with a child life specialist but please PLEASE request one if you haven’t already. i am training to become one myself and they can be a great help to your daughter Cora as well as helping to ease YOUR stress and emotions with such a diagnosis like this.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 9:06 pm

    Anonymous - I am praying for your precious baby and your family! May God give you the peace that passeth all understanding and I know he will. There are alot of people at Schowalter Villa praying for you all.ReplyCancel

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    tahnie - PS;

    If you would like to know more about Child Life Specialists feel free to email me at tahnie@gmail.com

    What children’s hospital are you at?ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    Myra - I am praying for your sweet baby girl. I am a neuroblastoma SURVIVOR… so keep your faith and she WILL be healed!

    Many Blessings!!ReplyCancel

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    The Paynes - Praying for a miracle.
    - Danaly Payne (Lumberton, TX)ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 9:18 pm

    Anonymous - I am lifting you and your precious Cora up in prayer. My heart aches for you and your sweet little girl. Praise the Lord that you know Him! He is the only One who can carry you through. Your faith is so inspiring.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 9:24 pm

    The Bohrer's - We won’t stop praying.

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  • January 28, 2009 - 9:28 pm

    Anonymous - Praying for your WHOLE family at this very difficult time.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 9:28 pm

    dmelen - We will pray for your family and for Cora. What a sweet, angel little girl. God Bless,
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  • January 28, 2009 - 9:40 pm

    Nancy B - Wanted to let you know that I’m praying for your sweet baby girl and just know that God is in control.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 9:41 pm

    Gail - Cora and all of your family are in our prayers tonight.

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    Aaron and Shannon - Joel and Jess— we are so glad we got to see you tonight. We are and will be praying for you all.ReplyCancel

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    carlee Brian - Praying for your family and your precious little one, Cora..May the Lord be your comforter, healer, encourager, and strength through this journey..TRUST HIM!ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 9:46 pm

    Anonymous - PRAYING so hard. And believing that JESUS answers prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 9:51 pm

    Anonymous - Hi,

    I read your story by request from a friend – know that people in Minnesota and North Dakota are praying for you, your husband and most importantly, your baby girl. The power of prayer is unimaginable. Keep your head up and know that many loved ones, friends, and family’s thoughts are with you and your family during this tough challenge.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 9:57 pm

    Jill (Sneaky Momma) - I’m praying for you and your family, especially for sweet little Cora.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I am praying, lifting your family up and thinking about you always. I am passing this on to churches and friends, and relatives to tell others to pray too. Miracles do happen!ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 10:06 pm

    Chelsea - I read Loren and Anne’s blog-We’re praying for your family. You’re so blessed to have such a sweet little girl, I know God will take care of her.

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  • January 28, 2009 - 10:13 pm

    Cristy - I BELIEVE that Cora will be healed!Praying for complete healing…

    Keep believing in Him! Huge hugs tonight.

    “So Jesus answered and said to them ‘Have Faith in God’.
    *Mark 11:22*

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  • January 28, 2009 - 10:17 pm

    Jan - Praying so hard for beautiful little Cora and all her family.ReplyCancel

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    He And Me + 3 - My heart is breaking for you… I am praying for your sweet girl. Praying strength for your family and complete healing for Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 10:29 pm

    Pam - I just found out about Cora from Angie Smith’s Twitter. I’ll be praying for everyone involved! Please update as you can so we will know how you all are doing and if there are specific areas we need to pray for.

    Peace be with you,
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  • January 28, 2009 - 10:33 pm

    Tobie - We have been praying for Cora and your family day and night!ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 10:35 pm

    Stefanie - I am Dave Balzer’s sister and I just wanted you to know we are praying for you all.
    love
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    The Balzers - I know God is holding Cora tighter right now than EVER! He is holding you too! We are praying harder than ever! The miracle worker is on YOUR side! We love you!ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 10:40 pm

    Rosemary - Thank you for your blog so that we will know how to pray! Your precious Cora is in my thoughts and prayers frequently….. as are you Joel and Jess. May the Lord hold you close!ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 10:40 pm

    heather spratt - I found your blog through Angie Smith’s blog “Bring the Rain”. I am so so sorry that you have to travel this road…thankfully, as believers in Jesus Christ, we know that we do not ever travel alone. Praise God for that! I am a cancer survivor myself and I know first hand what it is like to be on the receiving end of prayer…it is so humbling and powerful…Our God is an awesome God, the great physician, the author of everything. He is capable of healing and miracles! I will be lifting your precious Cora up to our Heavenly Father and pray for peace and healing.

    “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all of their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:17-18

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  • January 28, 2009 - 10:40 pm

    Anonymous - I believe in the Father Almighty. I believe that his capabilities are more than we can comprehend. I believe that He is holding you and your family so closely. Beautiful Cora.. so innocent, be strong and fight hard. To Jes and Joel, God is holding you in the palm of his hand.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 10:45 pm

    Marla Taviano - Praying for little Cora!!ReplyCancel

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    Jamie - I was given the link to your blog from a friend. What a beautiful family the three of you are! I can’t stop thinking about your struggles. May you receive the good grace of God during this time.

    Thoughts from ND
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    Julie - Jess, I’m crying now because of all the people who are praying for precious Cora. How amazing!! I’m believing God for the healing of Cora. Cora’s story is already touching so many and God is going to use it!ReplyCancel

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    Jennifer - I want you to know that Cora has been on my mind all day today. Everytime I get a moment I pray for her. I have been telling everyone I know to pray with me and lift up your daughter to our Lord. We all believe in Miracles. Our God is an AWESOME God.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 10:56 pm

    The Stuckys - We love you Cora, Jess & Joel and are praying continually for you!ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 10:58 pm

    workout mommy - i am praying for your little girl and your family.

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  • January 28, 2009 - 11:00 pm

    Dune - Jess, Joel and Baby Cora,
    We love you and are sending our love and prayers for health and healing to all of you.
    Much Love from Lecia Beverlin Rand, Gregg and Rhiana.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 11:09 pm

    Josie - I found you through Bring the Rain and wanted to send you love and support. We have our own sick baby girl and we know how difficult this road can be. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers, tonight and always.

    The Kurz Family
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  • January 28, 2009 - 11:12 pm

    doll's spot - Thank you for letting us see you today, pray and cry. It is SO EVIDENT how the Lord is surronding you. IN such a dark, heavy place, you two shined with His light. Remember that! We love you and are praying with all we have, you are amazing parents~
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  • January 28, 2009 - 11:16 pm

    Anonymous - Your girl is beautiful! I will be keeping you in my prayers. Cling tight to your Savior during this difficult time. He will get through this valley in your life.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - No one can ever imagine something like this could happen to them, and when it does God holds our hand. He carries us, only one set of footprints in the sand. Many people will ask you HOW you made it through, and it is my understanding that you will say with grace, humility, and GOD. I pray that one day you will be able to say that while holding your daughters hand when she asks “mom and dad, tell me about the time when I was sick.” PRAYING PRAYING PRAYING for you and your sweet baby!ReplyCancel

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    Allison - Praying for you and your family and passing your story on so others can do the same! We serve an awesome and powerful God!! (friends of the Boccia’s)ReplyCancel

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    tiff - We are also praying out here in Seattle for you and precious Cora. Our hearts are with you.
    Ryan & Tiff Classen (Tony’s fam)ReplyCancel

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    Deborah - Sent by Marla…praying for you in Ohio!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Praying for you in Iowa. Asking other’s to do the same.
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  • January 28, 2009 - 11:37 pm

    Anonymous - Let us come together as The Body of Christ and pray. Prayers are being said and prayers are being heard. I was referred here by “Bring the Rain”
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    aimee - Since coming to your site through Angie’s (Bring the Rain), and reading about sweet Cora, I cannot stop thinking about her tonite. Each time she comes into my mind I have prayed for her and your family. My daughter is about the same age and it breaks my heart to think of how scared you must be and how worried you are for your baby. I don’t comment on blogs often, but I felt compelled to let you know I’ve been praying, and will continue to do so.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 11:47 pm

    Julie - Jess, Joel and Cora…
    May the Lord walk beside you to comfort you.
    May the Lord walk above you to watch over you.
    May the Lord walk behind you to keep you safe.
    May the Lord walk before you to show you the way.
    You and your families are all in our prayers.
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    Lane - In prayer. God BlessReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - Truly cannot even imagine. Will be praying for Cora like crazy over the next 78 hours. Our God is a God who heals…ReplyCancel

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    The Reavises - We want you all to know that we are praying for Cora every time we think about her. We and others at our church are lifting your family and Cora up in prayer to our Lord Christ for strength, healing, and encouragement.
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    meg duerksen - loved our visit today. it was so good for my heart to physically see you. thank you for that. that precious girl is on my mind all the time. craig had a car accident today…at the same time that i was at the hospital with you. he was okay but his car wasn’t and he said “thinking of cora got me through…it’s perspective…who cares about a car?” very touching. we are all just on our knees for you all. you are so loved.
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    Anonymous - Incredible. Over 3,000 hits to your blog and over 70 comments in less than 6 hours. THOUSANDS of people are praying for you guys and sweet Cora. May you all feel the covering of prayer tonight and in the days that follow. You are constantly on our hearts. God is doing incredible things through your testimony and through Cora. We love you so much. Laura, Michael & HunterReplyCancel

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    Jaimi - I’m praying for that sweet little girl, Cora. May she find the strength and courage to get through this storm.

    Praying in Indiana
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    Jennifer - I just found your blog a few minutes ago and I will be spending a while reading. Praying for Baby Cora!! What a beautiful name for an even more beautiful baby!ReplyCancel

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    Ashleigh - I can’t even begin to imagine what you are going through. I am so sorry. I am praying for a complete healing.

    Praying in MO,
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    Anonymous - I am praying for complete and quick healing for sweet Cora!! May God give you all peace and strength!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - We are praying for you. It breaks my heart to know your precious little daughter is going through this. I pray that God will give you immeasurable grace and comfort at this time. There are so many people praying for you and so many people who love you guys!

    Praying for you,

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    Tim Lambert - Hi from Tim and Kerrie Lambert,in Chambers, NE. Our daughter, Molly is now 5 years in remission from AML leukemia. I remember the agony of waiting for test results like it was yesterday. You have a beautiful baby and our family will pray for a full recovery for Cora. God be with you and grant you strength for the days ahead.ReplyCancel

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    Mansi Rana - Hi,

    My name Mansi from India.

    I am a mother & surely understand the pain you both must have been going through.

    I pray to God from Bottom of my heart to make life beautiful for Cora again.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 3:36 pm

    Courtney - Our family will keep yours in our every prayer. Lean on your faith and know that God cradles her in his arms.

    Love In Christ
    Kelly and Courtney Mayfield
    Augusta, Ks.ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I don’t know you, stumbled on your blog, but I believe that the Lord led me to read it. I am praying without ceasing for Cora and will put her on my church’s prayer chain in Michigan and ask my sister in Indiana to do the same. God will unite us all to ask for complete healing for your beautiful baby!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I don’t know you, stumbled on your blog, but I believe that the Lord led me to read it. I am praying without ceasing for Cora and will put her on my church’s prayer chain in Michigan and ask my sister in Indiana to do the same. God will unite us all to ask for complete healing for your beautiful baby!ReplyCancel

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    My name is Megan... - I am praying for this family and baby Cora!!!!ReplyCancel

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ups and downs

We started the day feeling pretty optomistic about things and ended the day pretty discouraged. I think that is how this journey is going to be. Lots of ups and downs. We are tired, we cry a lot, and we are still in shock that our happy little Cora is lying in a hospital bed with cancer. All we can do is cry out to the Lord to heal our precious little girl.

We met with the oncologist this morning. He talked to us about Neuroblastoma and what Cora’s chemo is going to look like in the future. He doesn’t want to start chemo until next week (probably Monday) so that Cora’s body has a chance to heal from surgery. We probably will be going home sooner than we thought and then will go to his office for chemo treatments. Although the cancer is a stage 4, he is very optomistic about the treatment even if the tests show that she has the unfavorable kind of cancer. We are still praying for the favorable cancer that responds well to chemo. He also told us that Cora being under 12 months old increases her chances. It was so wonderful to hear some good news! Generally speaking it sounds like we are looking at six to eight coarses of chemo. This all depends on the test results. We will let you know when we know more.

This afternoon was much harder. Cora had such a good morning, but in the afternoon she was faced with lots of tests. Cora had x-rays of her whole body, CT scans of her chest and head, and a bone scan. It was lots of moving around for her and lots of waiting for us. Shortly following the tests the doctor verified that the cancer had moved all over her body. They already had told us that she was a stage four, but it was so hard to hear that they actually saw it in the scans and x-rays. It felt like we were facing reality all over again. We just felt sick. When we got Cora back to her room she seemed so uncomfortable. I think she was worn out from the afternoon and not feeling good at all. She was so sad and that makes her mom and dad SO sad. Cora’s tummy is still very swollen. They put her back on an IV to help with that. They don’t want her eating for now.

This picture was taken this evening after Cora finally settled down. I think she was covering her eyes to tell everyone to quit picking on her!

Cora has gotten so many sweet stuffed animals. We played with them this morning and put them all in her crib. We are so overwhelmed by the many, many gifts we have recieved. Thank you!

Even today we have continued to be surrounded by so many friends and family. Your visits and calls encourage us so much and make the days go by faster. We are so, so thankful for you all.

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.” Ephesians 3:20

Praises:

-Encouraging meeting with the oncologist

-The cancer was found before Cora was 12 months old

-Such loving friends and family

-The multitude of prayer warriors that are praying for Cora, WOW!

Requests:

-Strength and comfort for Cora as she continues to recover from surgery

-Patience as we wait for the results of the cancer tests (This is hard!)

-Wisdom and understanding as we learn about the chemo treatments and how to take care of Cora when we take her home
-Opportunities to share what God is doing in our lives with the many new people we are meeting

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  • January 27, 2009 - 1:21 am

    Amy - You are amazing, Jess. All that you and Joel are dealing with, yet you are thinking of others and praying that you will be able to share God with the people you come in contact with.

    My heart aches for you when I look at these pictures of your sweet Cora. Thank you for your updates and know that there are so many people… people you know, and people you don’t know… praying for you and your little girl. You are all very loved.ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2009 - 2:26 am

    Julie - That first picture of Cora is precious (and sad). Thank you for sharing your ups and downs with us and letting us know specifically what you are needing prayer for. I admire your strength and courage and know God is going to do something for His glory through Cora’s story. I’m so thankful for the encouragement you received from the doctor this morning; how great to hear such optimism about Cora’s treatments. I’m sorry that you have to watch your little girl go through something like this and know that there is nothing you can do to make it go away right now. I love you and Cora dearly and my heart is with you.

    I’m feeling much better and will come see you in the next few days. Oh Jess, I am just praying for you and crying with you right now!! LOVE YOU!ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2009 - 8:04 am

    Jennifer & Jarod Ebenhack - Hi Joel and Jessica. My mom gave us your blog page. She called us the other day as soon as she heard about Cora’s surgery, asking us to pray. We are so so sorry for all that you are going through. We have told our kids about Cora, and they are all so burdened for her too. They/we will be praying fervently for you. Our hearts are so heavy as we think about what you’re experiencing. Like you, all we can do is trust in God’s goodness, faithfulness, and His mercies which are new every morning.ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2009 - 8:24 am

    Aaron and Shannon - I can’t believe you are going through this Jess. I just cry every time I think of you and your family. We praying hard that the chemo will take all this nasty cancer from Cora’s body. I hope to be able to see you soon. Thanks for the updates.ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2009 - 8:55 am

    The Sweigart Family - Cora is so fortunate to have such amazing parents. You guys are a true testament.

    I can only imagine how hard that must have been to hear that there is so much yucky stuff inside your little girl. I will pray that you stay encouraged that the treatment will work. I’m encouraged just by your attitude and faith!

    You are loved and we are praying.ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2009 - 9:21 am

    Cowles in England - Dear Joel and Jess, Our hearts just ache for you. We are keeping updated thru your blog and Dad and Mom. We’re so glad for the support system you have. We are so sorry, and will keep praying. We love you so much, Steve and Debbie Cowles, Kristy, Jonathan, and Josh
    PS we have people praying for you here in England, too.ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2009 - 9:42 am

    Elizabeth - Jess,
    Be encouraged. God will show Himself mighty because He can do no less for your family – Might and Power are His nature.
    We are praying first for Cora’s healing and then for His safety to surround you, His peace to hold you tight.ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2009 - 10:13 am

    Estie - I am a friend of Julie’s, and I am joining in with the many that are praying for sweet Cora and your family! My daughter and I were just on our knees in prayer for your family. As I was praying I got emotional thinking of all that you are going through. My four-year-old daughter looked up at me and said, “Don’t worry, mama, I am here to help you not be sad.” That is exactly what I hope is raining down upon you now–knowing that God’s people are praying for you and that God will be there to help you through every step of this journey.

    Words cannot express how our hearts ache hearing all that you are going through. God is good and He is already using you to touch others with your amazing faith. Thank you for sharing a part of you through this blog.

    We will continue to lift up your family in prayer. We trust that God has big plans for little Cora and your family.

    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2009 - 10:21 am

    Janene Freerksen - I just wanted to leave a note to let you know I’m praying for you all and know what you’re going through. My son Joshua was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma in March of 2003 when he was 4. He is now 10 years old and has been free of cancer for over 5 years. I went to Berean and recently visited with Paula Unruh who told us about Cora. When and if you’d like to talk, I have much to share about what we’ve learned while battling this monster. My email is janenef@cox.net and my cell phone is (785) 633-7888.
    With Hope,
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  • January 27, 2009 - 11:31 am

    Megan - I stumbled across your blog today. Just wanted to let you know that I am adding Cora to my prayer list. God is able to do amazing miracles.ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2009 - 12:00 pm

    PamperingBeki - Just popping in to remind you of the things I’m sure you already know –

    God is in control.
    He is a loving God.
    Your entire family is being uplifted in prayers from people around the globe.
    I hope you feel the love and warmth people are feeling for you.ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2009 - 12:12 pm

    Cristy - Praying for Cora, you and Joel, the doctors, your friends and the many doctors and nurses who will care for Cora. Praying that God will hold your precious Cora in His mighty hand and heal her. I am praying for strength for you. I have a whole team of friends, in many states, praying for you that do not even know you.

    God bless you and God bless Cora. Please let me know if I can do anything at all to help you. Huge hugs from me…

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  • January 27, 2009 - 1:18 pm

    The Sieberts - Here is a BIG HUG for you guys!
    We are praying hard for you!ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2009 - 3:05 pm

    Jim Colyer - Jess and Joel,
    We just got an email from Kim with the news of litte Cora. Please know are thoughts and prayers are with you and we are here for you. I sure do appreciate your attitude in this and know that God will use this for good, although we cannot see that right now. We love you guys very much and are hearts are breaking for you. It looks like you are surrounded with family and friends that love you guys very much and we are glad that your mom and dad are so close. We love you much and will pray without ceasing for little Cora’s health and strength for you guys.
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  • January 27, 2009 - 3:56 pm

    Little Lovables - Cora and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    I am so sorry for all that is happening, just remember God loves you all!ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2009 - 5:01 pm

    Stephanie - You do have so many praying for you! We will continue to lift you three to the throne, as well as the doctors and all others involved. Thank you for sharing your journey. You are an encouragement to me that you are clinging to tightly to the Lord in all of this. God bless you mightily and abundantly!ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2009 - 9:03 pm

    Lindsey - Hi Jess and Joel. My family and I will be following your journey and praying for you…all of you. I cannot imagine the pain and questions and desperate clinging to your faith right now. Thank you for sharing and your openness for us to join you on this journey. Bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2009 - 9:20 pm

    Courtney - saw your blog through Amy’s. i’ve been a mess ever since. praying for you. i can’t get your sweet family out of my head – so i’ll just keep praying! i’m sure there are lots of things you DON’T have answers to right now, but one thing you CAN know is that you are loved and being prayed for.ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2009 - 9:48 pm

    Kara - Hey Jessica, it’s Kara Janzen (used to be Jones, I was in Julie and Olivia’s bible study my freshman year at K-state, just wanted to refresh your memory.) I just wanted to let you know that Jake and I are praying for you and Cora. We serve a great God and he is here for you and for Cora every minute of every day. Thank you for the updates to know how we can pray for you and support you.

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  • January 27, 2009 - 9:54 pm

    Heather - Jessica,

    Just wanted you to know that I am praying and I told my class about Cora. They are praying! This morning one of the sweet little girls in my class said “Miss Morrison, do you know how that little girl is doing?” I told my class that we just needed to keep praying for God to heal and comfort Cora.

    I have been thinking about you guys a lot! My heart is heavy for you as I read your update today. May you and Joel be able to stay strong. I know that through this struggle many people are able to see 2 people who trust a mighty mighty God!

    Much Love,

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  • January 27, 2009 - 10:41 pm

    laura - You don’t know me, but I’m a friend of a friend’s sister… anyway, I’m a mom too and I just want you to know that the Body of Christ in Florida will be lifting sweet Cora and her obviously AMAZING parents to our Big God… believing that He IS the Ultimate Healer and Restorer!!
    “May 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” Numbers 6:24-26ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2009 - 10:49 pm

    Judy/Mom/Gammy - Jess and Joel, My heart is heavy thinking about what you all are going through. I was just shocked when I heard the news about Cora. You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. I know what it is like to have a sick, sick baby and it brings back so many bittersweet memories. We love you and will continue to pray for all of you. Judy WelfeltReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2009 - 10:49 pm

    Anonymous - Joel and Jessica,

    I work for your father Jessica and I am blessed to know your parents. They are very caring and blessed individuals.

    I am so sorry to hear the news of your precious angel. She is a beautiful child and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    I experienced a similar situation with my daughters who were injured in a car accident. Your family was there for me through prayers and in person. I can’t begin to say how much that meant to me an my wife.

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  • January 27, 2009 - 11:26 pm

    Paula Unruh - Joel and Jess,

    I had sent both your parents the following email but Jerry suggested I go ahead and post it here on your comment section. This is from Janene Regier Freerksen whom I believe, you now have her phone number if you need to call her, for someone who’s been in your shoes. Here is her note today:

    “Paula,
    Dr. David Rosen is the doctor who referred our friend Canon to NYC. When I searched for him online, I found links for him at Wesley and Via Christi.

    He is the COG (Children’s Oncology Group) contact in Wichita. COG is the nationwide childhood cancer organization that runs most of the studies and trials for different types of cancer. He will be very familiar with NYC and the other places in our country who are experts in treating Neuroblastoma.

    I dropped the family a note on their blog. I know these are the darkest of days. My Joshua prayed for Cora last night and we will continue to do so.

    God bless you as you continue to reach out to them and minister to them in this time of need. Let me know if you need any ideas! We were surrounded and that was the major way God helped us through.

    With Hope,
    Janene”

    I understand from Jerry that Dr. Rosen will be treating Cora. That is exciting!

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  • January 27, 2009 - 11:35 pm

    Danelle - Have confidence in the power of prayer, the advanced medical technologies of today’s world, and the peace of knowing you are never alone through it all.

    I found your blog through Amanda and Dave’s blog. I will pray for your precious girl and for your whole family.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 2:22 am

    PiaTillys Boutique - I arrived here from pamperingbeki’s blog~ as a mother myself I can’t even begin to imagine how hard this must be for your entire family. But your sweet adorable precious little girl is in my thoughts and prayers…God is good, He’s holding her in His arms looking after her every step of the way on this journey!ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 11:13 am

    Lori (Walter) Wilson - Jess, I have no idea what to say. My Mom sent me an email linking me to your blog. I have 2 little girls and am sitting here crying as I read about little Cora. Your strength is amazing and I pray that God will continue to give you what you need to endure through this process.

    We may not have ever been close during high school—but the 3 of you are very high in my thoughts and prayers. I’d really like to say something amazing that will just miraculously help you feel better, but I know that is impossible, so do know that you have so much support, from those right there with you to those of us who are now far away. Prayers are being thrown up to God for Cora from both near and far. You are right in the palm of God’s hand.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 1:42 pm

    Jennifer - “Without Christ, there will always be a “but” attached to my hope. With Christ, hope always has the last word.”

    Please know that your family will be lifted up in prayer each day. Yes, this is a new journey in your life that you did not plan on, but with God as the center you will make it through no matter what may come your way. Some days it will be hard to believe but just keep moving forward – tomorrow is always another day.

    Our family has just been down this road and we now have a new journey a head of us. We have learned and know that it is so important to have God in the center – along with a wonderful support system in the community and beyond.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    Emily Sewell Wallace - You don’t know me. I was at PCC the same time as Joel. His sister (Olivia and Leah) were our suitemates. But, Katie Liles posted this blog. I’m so sorry to hear about your little girl. She’s so precious! I have a 10 month old, and I just can’t imagine what you’re going through. My family and I will really be praying for you!
    Emily Sewell WallaceReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 3:17 pm

    lgraves - praying, believing and crying with you.

    leah (dunham) graves and familyReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 5:00 pm

    Ashley - I’m friends of Josh & Andi’s and I wanted to let you know that I’m praying for you and your precious little girl. I can’t imagine the shock and pain you are in but God is so big and, like that verse said, He can do immeasurably more than we can ever imagine.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 7:24 pm

    paige - i just found your story tonight. i am a pediatric oncology nurse in atlanta & would love to pray for cora!!
    i worked on the floor for years & am now a triage nurse. two of the children that were stage four neuroblastoma kids that 12 years later are 100% cancer free & doing just perfect!!–i’m sure there were many more from that year but i have followed those two specifically.

    praying for each of you!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 8:14 pm

    christy ross - I found your story tonight and my heart is going out to you. thank you for the praises and requests lists. they are making my prayers for your situation very specific.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 11:30 pm

    thesecretlifeofkat - I just wanted to let you know I’m praying for you.ReplyCancel

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  • January 30, 2009 - 2:14 am

    Laura - Lecia’s daugher, Rhianna, is a friend of my daughter’s, and she e mailed me today asking for prayers. Prayers for Cora.

    I, too, believe in the power of prayer. And I wanted you to know that Cora is at the top of my list. I have posted an image of your beautiful baby on my blog tonight, and am going to spread the word as best as I can. Prayers for Cora will be endless.

    I have to let you know that in one short day, you have touched and changed me. I consider myself to be a darn good Catholic…but I am literally struck…like a piercing…by your undying faith and praise. And I want to thank you.

    I will continue to pray, and to spread the word.

    much love and many prayers
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  • January 30, 2009 - 10:40 pm

    dhofen - Hello,
    You do not know me but my four year old son, Braden is finishing his treatment for stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma. Reading your blog reminded me very much of our journey. I do know that prayer helped our family tremendously and you will be closely held in ours! We would be very happy to listen or help in anyway we possibly can. My email is deliecehofen@hotmail.com. Many blessings to all of you!
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  • January 30, 2009 - 11:57 pm

    Wendy - God Bless all of you. May you find peace knowing that His plan is in place and Cora has a special role. Your little Cora is beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2009 - 12:22 am

    Debbie - Found you through another blog. I will be praying for your beautiful daughter and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2009 - 1:50 am

    april - Just a note to say that I am praying for your sweet child, and for you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2009 - 12:37 pm

    Brenda - Hello – you don’t know me but I wanted to let you know that the prayer train is on the move – I read your story, posted the prayer request on my blog and challenged my friends to do the same. It is working! We pray for Cora and your family.ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2009 - 10:10 pm

    D - Thank you for the update on little Cora. What a precious little wee one she is. I want you to know that I posted her story to my friends on the internet, so you have LOTS of powerful Payer Warriors out there praying for Cora and all of you. What a wonderful witness of faith you have.
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  • February 2, 2009 - 9:44 am

    Anonymous - Your blog is posted to our sunday school prayer list here in Connecticut. What a powerful witness you and your family are!! We are praying for you and Cora. Continue to keep us updated. God is in control and He wants the best for His people. God Bless you and Cora. I am praying that you will feel the presence of God right now. And Cora will be healed. Cheryl Ct.ReplyCancel

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  • February 2, 2009 - 9:18 pm

    Nicky8 - I found your blog from another blog and have been praying for you and your sweet baby girl. Many {{{HUGS}}} you you and your husband.
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  • February 10, 2009 - 9:06 am

    Screaming Meme - My heart breaks for you both as I read your story and realize what you are now going through…It is the hardest thing anyone can ever go through…I know your faith will help you along this sad journey of healing…I pray that you are able to heal…Cora is watching over you both…If there is anything I can do for you all…Help raise money or get the word out about Cora’s playground…Let me know…Love, MemeReplyCancel

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a new journey

This is not a journey we ever imagined that we would be traveling. Especially not with our precious little girl. But here we are, trying to take it one step at a time.

It is hard to know where to begin. Here is a glimpse into the past few days:

Thursday afternoon we went to an appointment to make sure Cora’s ear infections had cleared up. Joel decided to come along because we were frustrated that she kept getting sick. I felt like she just wasn’t herself and we had noticed a few things we were concerned about. Cora’s stomach seemed very tight, she had gotten two “mystery” black eyes recently, and she wasn’t eating very much. Our pediatrician decided to do some blood work and x-ray her abdomen. After lots of waiting he came back into our room with tears in his eyes. He told us that from the x-ray he could tell that Cora’s liver was enlarged. He said there is a chance it could be nothing, but in his experience it is usually related to cancer. We left his office in shock and headed straight to Wesley. I don’t think Joel and I hardly said a word to each other the whole way to Wichita. We just cried.

We checked Cora into Wesley. She was so tired and hungry, but such a trooper. By this point she started crying every time she saw a nurse. She knew they were going to poke her and she didn’t like it! She had a CT scan late that evening. By 11:30 that night we knew that she had a “mass” by her kidney and spots on her liver. They told us that they would go ahead and give her an IV at 6:00 the next morning in case of surgeory. We had to go to bed not knowing much else until we could talk to the specialists the next morning. We didn’t sleep much!

Cora got to eat at 5:30am Friday morning and then got her IV at 6:00am. We tried to keep her busy the rest of the morning. The surgeon and oncologist came to talk to us around 9:30am. From the CT scan they could see a tumor next to her kidney and spots on her liver. Cora would need surgery to remove the tumor, take a bone marrow sample, and put a cath in for chemo treatments.

Cora was SO tired. Right before the surgery we pulled her around the hospital in a wagon. Joel and I took Cora back to the “holding room” before surgery around 12:30 that afternoon. That was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Everything had happened so fast and now we were waiting to hand our sweet little girl off to be cut open. We were so scared.

Waiting for Cora to get out of surgery was the LONGEST four hours of our lives, but she came out great. It was hard to hear the surgeon say that it did look like Neuroblastoma (a form of cancer). They had removed the tumor and some lymphnodes. The cancer was a stage 4 (it had spread all over) and she had over 100 spots on her liver. You can see her incesion across her abdomen in the picture above.

They took Cora back to Pediatric ICU. It is horrible seeing your baby hooked up to so many tubes and in pain. She has been so brave! We keep telling her she has to keep fighting hard.


Sunday morning Cora had another small surgery to put tubes in her ears. Our pediatrician recommended that we do that while we were here at the hospital. Cora’s immune system will be compromised whe she starts chemo and he didn’t want her dealing with more ear infections on top of the cancer. The surgeons are very happy with how she is recovering from surgery.

Today Cora got all her tubes taken off. Yeah! And she was doing so well they moved her back to the Pediactrics Unit. Her face is still pretty swollen from surgeory, but she peeks out her one little eye to look at us. She is starting to be more responsive which is so nice.
This is our room in Pediatrics and Cora is in her “jail crib” as we call it. Our families have been incredible through all of this. They met us at the hospital on Thursday when we checked in and someone has been with us every minute since. Our moms stayed with Cora during the night while she was still in PICU so that Joel and I could get some sleep. We are so thankful for them!

This afternoon Cora got to start eating again. She was hungry and seems to be keeping the milk down fine.
So now we wait. We know Cora has neroblastoma and will start chemo early this week. We don’t know all the results as far as how treatable her cancer is. We don’t know what chemo is going to look like for her. We will meet with the pediatric oncologist Monday morning and hopefully have some more answers.
This is SO hard. Joel and I would do anything to make this go away, but we can’t. It is out of our control and that is hard when you are used to being able to make things better for your little girl. Even with all the unknowns of this journey we do know that we serve a mighty God and he has little Cora right in his hands. Joel and I can’t make it through this on our own, but we know we can with the Lord walking with us each step of the way.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
God’s presence has been so evident to us. We have been SO overwhelmed by the love of our friends and family. We have had so many visitors, calls, gifts and prayers. We will never be able to express our gratitude to you all. We keep saying over and over how blessed we are with such a great support system. Thank you!
Praise God For:
-Joel being at the doctor’s appointment with me on Thursday when we found out
-The ear infections that brought us to the doctor in the first place
-Our pediatrician who knew the seriousness of an enlarged liver and got us to the hospital so fast
-Incredible doctor’s and nurses who have been so helpful and supportive
-How well Cora is recovering from surgeory
-The outpouring of love we have felt from our friends and family
-Our precious Cora who we love so much
Prayer Requests:
-The nurses would be able to stay on top of Cora’s pain so that she won’t be uncomfortable
-Understanding and wisdom for Joel and I as we are so overwhelmed with all of this new information
-Patience as we have to wait 10-14 days for the full test results to come back
-That Cora’s cancer would be very treatable with chemo
-That we would know how to comfort Cora and meet her needs
-That God would give us strength to get through this journey how ever long it might be
We will try to keep you updated as we learn more. We know our baby is covered in your prayers. Thanks for being on this journey with us!

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  • January 26, 2009 - 9:50 am

    Amanda - You have no idea what a blessing it is to hear that your faith is constant and secure. I found your blog through Julie when I heard about Cora. Know that we are praying for you, Joel, and sweet little Cora.ReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 9:57 am

    Marie - Jess, I don’t know if you remember me from K-State but we had a couple of classes together and knew each other from challenge. Devin and Joel were friends. Regardless, we’ll be praying for you and for little Cora. What a beautiful little girl. I’m glad you have such a great support system out there.ReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 9:59 am

    Aaron and Shannon - We are praying for you guys…every day and every time I think of you. I hope things go ok this week and will be praying for Cora as she starts the chemo.ReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 10:05 am

    The Balzers - Oh Jess, you are all loved by SO many! I have thought about you guys so much, and prayed every chance I get. We DO serve a mighty God who can do ANYTHING! Give Cora hugs for us…we’ll see you soon!ReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 10:27 am

    PamperingBeki - I am so sorry that you guys have to deal with this. So sorry.

    I hope you don’t mind but I swiped a picture of Cora from your blog and put it on mine.

    Our church prayed for your family yesterday. I’ve posted a bit of your story on twitter and people had a tremendous response. There are more people praying for you than you may realize and I pray that God gives you all a peace that passes all understanding.ReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 10:34 am

    Kendall Smith - Good to hear that Cora is doing well this morning! We are thinking about you guys CONSTANTLY and praying all the time. We’ll see you later today!ReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 10:43 am

    Shawn - Thanks for updating–I left you a comment on another blog posting–we are inspired by your courage and are comforted to see what an amazing group of people you have surrounding you. We have also been reading all the blogs and keeping you in our thoughts (Charlie is the best pray-er of the group–we are all grateful to have your list of prayerful needs)
    You and Joel have been so strong–know that we think of you and Cora constantly–
    Lot of love from California–
    Shawn Charlie Maura Simone and LucasReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 10:43 am

    The Sieberts - we love you guys and are praying so hard for precious Cora. thank you for taking the time to post an update.ReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 10:53 am

    Nate M - Joel and Jess,
    Thanks for the update. Know that many are praying from Kearney.
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  • January 26, 2009 - 11:00 am

    The Sweigart Family - So good to hear that Cora is doing well. I hope to come see you guys on Wednesday. We are praying hard for that little girl, as are SO MANY others. Thank you for the update.ReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 11:28 am

    meg duerksen - can’t stop thinking of you every minute.
    everyone is feeling for you. i pray every time i think of you. love you all and hope for God’s strength and peace through everyday.
    she is god’s precious gift.
    i wish i could give you a big hug right now. as much for me as it would be for you. thank you for the update too…nice to hear straight from the source.
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  • January 26, 2009 - 11:31 am

    The Bohrer's - Joel/Jess – “For I know the plans I have for Cora, declares the Lord, plans to prosper her and not to harm her, plans for hope and a future.” Jer 29:11

    We love you and are praying for your whole family.

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  • January 26, 2009 - 11:32 am

    Joel Smith - What an awesome powerful example you guys are. I find myself crying when I think about it. The story you guys will be able to tell after you are through with this will be unbelievable.

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  • January 26, 2009 - 11:52 am

    gatheringpeeps - Jess, Joel and Cora –
    We are praying for you.
    Thank you for sharing the information on your blog.
    Tami and Chris
    and familyReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 11:55 am

    Mike, Adrienne and Lincoln - Jess, I heard about Cora this weekend and have been so burdened by what is going on in her little body. I just want you to know that you are all in my prayers, and I have posted some information about Cora on my blog so that others who don’t even know you will be on their knees in prayer also.ReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 12:16 pm

    Jenae - As I read your post, I have tears rolling down my face. I cannot imagine what you are going through, but want you to know that you are in our prayers each and every day. I am specifically praying that God will remove the cancer from Cora’s body and that he will bring comfort to you and Joel as you are taking care of her. Your dependence on Him through this most trying time of your life is definitely an example to me and so many. Rest assured that you, Joel, and Cora are being lifted up in prayer by thousands of people!ReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 12:25 pm

    Courtney e - Praying for you LOTS.ReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 1:07 pm

    Adam & Abbe Doll - Joel & Jessica- Want you to know that we are lifting you up- got a message saying you all needed prayer and hunted down your blog. I am so sorry. I want you to know that we are going to lift you up. I called Adam and we are praying for Cora, and you two. We are still in Wichita, so if there is anything we can do, Wesley isn’t more than 10 min. away. Praying Hard- Adam & Abbe DollReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    Jennifer - Although, I don’t know you, I feel I do through the beautiful descriptions that Julie gives on her site. I am Ori’s “other” babysitter. Since Julie told me about your precious Cora I have continued to pray for her many times daily. I have told many people at church to pray for your family. I have No words that feel right for this situation. Just know many people are praying and the power of prayer is incredible.ReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 1:22 pm

    Julie Friesen - Joel, Jess, and Cora-
    I can’t stop thinking and praying for your little family. I have laid awake nights with thoughts about your situation. Know that you are being prayed for by those who love you, and by those who love those who love you. There are people all around the world praying for you because of your friends and family’s concern for you. I know you didn’t choose this and we would all choose for it to go away in an instant, but even in the brokenness of cancer, God is using Cora and your response to Him. Thank you for the Praise that you can give to God in the midst of pain. As you know, He loves you so much and has Cora wrapped in His loving arms. We all love you so much and will continue to cover you in prayer.ReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 2:50 pm

    Cristy Harder - Jess-

    I am lifting precious Cora up in prayer whenever she comes to mind…which is all the time. I am praying hard and have the mom’s on my online Mother’s Group praying for you as well. Huge hugs and prayers to you.

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  • January 26, 2009 - 3:11 pm

    Melanie-Pearl - My grandma was neighbor to the Macs in Elbing a long time ago—today I got an email from a friend of on of your friends asking me to pray. Dad confirmed that Grandma had told them about it this weekend.

    Your daughter is SO captivatingly beautiful!

    On my knees for you all. Please let me know if I can do anything to help shoulder the burden.
    -Melanie (was Thiessen)ReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 3:59 pm

    alethea - I am so sorry for the pain in Cora’s life and yours. You seem to be facing impossible things with such humility and courage. We are with you.ReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 4:17 pm

    Tyler and Gillian - Hey Jess and Joel,
    It breaks my heart to think about what you’re going through! Please know that many people in Washington state are praying for you and your gorgeous little girl. Thanks for the update.

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  • January 26, 2009 - 4:39 pm

    Andy and Katie - Joel and Jess,
    Thinking about you guys and Cora all the time. She is such a sweet little girl and is soooo blessed to have an awesome mommy and daddy there by her side. We pray for you often and have many in NC praying for you as well. Love to you all!
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  • January 26, 2009 - 5:59 pm

    Adam and Jill - You quoted part of Psalm 46 in your post – we have been praying that Psalm for you since we received the news about Cora. May you feel His ever present help during this time of trouble. May He remove your fear and help you to be still and know that He is God and He will be exalted as a result of this. The Lord of Hosts is with us! The God of Jacob is our fortress!ReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 6:06 pm

    kristin at prairiedaze.com - I’ve only seen this sweet baby’s pictures on megan’s blog…and now i hold this news.

    my prayers are sincere and real.

    know that there is a community wider than you know holding you all.

    may god’s peace and calm be close.ReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 7:06 pm

    Chris and Mandi Ridenour - I do not personally know you but we are praying for you both and your little Cora. She looks so precious and sweet. We pray that God gives you the strength you need in all of this. We also pray that little Cora will be healed. Know that there are many prayers being said for you in this hard time.
    In Christ, Mandi and Chris RidenourReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 8:27 pm

    Gail - Joel and Jess–I read Psalm 121 today with tears as I prayed for your little girl. It comforts me to remember that Cora’s protector never slumbers, that He is a shelter right by her side (and yours). Thanks for the update.ReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 10:16 pm

    Heather - Jessica and Joel,

    Your faith is definantly making you so strong through this! I can totally see Jesus shining through this story of the journey you are on and just in the strength I saw in you yesterday at the hospital! I told me class about Cora today and we prayed for her! My class is so sensitive to the needs of others!

    I’ve been reading this blog and crying for you! May God continue to be your rock.

    Call if you need anything!1

    Much love,
    HeatherReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 10:23 pm

    Heather - Jessica and Joel,

    Your faith is definantly making you so strong through this! I can totally see Jesus shining through this story of the journey you are on and just in the strength I saw in you yesterday at the hospital! I told me class about Cora today and we prayed for her! She will be prayed for faithfully by these kids! My class is so sensitive to the needs of others!

    I’ve been reading this blog and crying for you! May God continue to be your Rock.

    Call if you need anything!

    Much love,
    HeatherReplyCancel

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  • January 26, 2009 - 11:50 pm

    Brad, Kara, & Braden Janzen - Jess, it was so good to see a post from you with news on Cora. I haven’t been able to stop thinking of you and your family these past several days and I pray for you often! I wanted you to know, too, that although I am not in KS with you, I have gathered LOTS of people here in NE to be praying for your family as well. Thank goodness for the power of prayer. I plan to see you in a couple weeks when we’re in KS. I miss you so much and wish I was there with you! Give Cora a hug and kiss from the Janzen family!ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2009 - 12:49 am

    Erica - Hey Guys. You have been heavy on my heart today. I spent some intense time before the Throne today for your family. We will be praying for you as you begin this unexpected journey.

    We are in Wichita now and would love to help in any way we can.ReplyCancel

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  • January 27, 2009 - 11:53 am

    Anonymous - I found your blog through pamperingbeki.

    I’m praying for Cora, your family, and her caregivers.

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  • January 28, 2009 - 10:55 pm

    Andrea @ Mommy Snacks.net - I came here from Angie from Bring the Rain. I will be praying for you as little Cora, and your family as you battle this.ReplyCancel

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  • January 28, 2009 - 11:11 pm

    kelly - fervently praying for sweet Cora. Luckily, God’s hands are the best hands to be in :) ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 12:41 am

    Nan - I am a friend of your cousin, Andi. I just wanted you to know that I’m praying for you and your sweet girl. I’m so so sorry. May God continue to bless him with his indescribable peace and comfort as you wait on Him.ReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 11:32 am

    erin - I found your blog through douglasandmain. Your family is in my daily prayers. I pray that our awesome God overpower you with His peace that surpasses all understanding.

    in Him,
    Erin FoxReplyCancel

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  • January 29, 2009 - 2:21 pm

    Michel - Best wishes from overseas.
    My thoughts go out to you. Many relatives of mine have sadly passed away. My grandfather has been recently diagnosed with lungcancer (stage one) and is in treatment.
    Best wishes,
    Michel Friedrichs
    The NetherlandsReplyCancel

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  • January 31, 2009 - 11:43 pm

    Cherie - I know another little baby that made this same journey. Her name is Baylee Banning and she is now cancer free. Here is her web page. http://www.carepages.com/carepages/BayleesBattle/updates/1927495?client_code=default&ipc=mur

    I will add little Cora to our prayer list at church. God is AWESOME and can do wonderful things.Stay strong and may God bless little Cora and both of you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 1, 2009 - 9:43 am

    Warm n Wonderful - Keep up your amazing strength. I can’t imagine the pain you are suffering. I am happy that you have your faith to guide you and your family and friends to support you.ReplyCancel

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  • February 4, 2009 - 2:25 pm

    Katarina - Praying that the Lord may hold you all in his everlasting arms.
    I can’t even begin to imagine.ReplyCancel

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  • February 10, 2009 - 1:29 pm

    Jessica - I just found your story on Phoenix’s page. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, but when reading your story I noticed that your sweet Cora’s symptoms started off similarly to someone else I “know”. (I’m only a blog reader, have never met them.) Go to http://www.famofcookies.blogspot.com/ to read their story. Like Cora, their baby, Bree, had mysterious black eyes.

    Again, I’m so sorry for your loss. I don’t want to be overbearing, as I’m sure you’re grieving, but sometimes it helps to know that you’re not the only one that has ever battled with something. It breaks my heart. SO sorry.ReplyCancel

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  • February 11, 2009 - 3:27 am

    Susan - So sorry to read of your loss. We pray for God’s strength & ultimately his peace for you and your dear family.
    Stephen & Sue Aiton & Family in AZReplyCancel

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  • February 18, 2009 - 1:54 pm

    Kristin - You are amazing. I too am touched by your faith in Christ and in His Will for your lives. May God grant you the strength to make it through the next weeks and months in His arms. Love from Michigan ~ The Bleyenberg FamilyReplyCancel

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  • February 21, 2009 - 5:15 pm

    Patty - I came across your site via a twitter link…I’m very sorry to hear of your loss…I can’t imagine how you must feel and commend you for going skiing,etc to try and enjoy yourselves together. I pray you will find peace, hope and strength to overcome the emptiness you must feel. Have you seen this site? http://www.kaylenswritetoheal.com We’re helping parents deal with the death of a child. Help us help them. Every $$ and email count
    God bless you…ReplyCancel

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  • March 7, 2009 - 2:31 pm

    Whitney - You dont know me but I came across your blog and my heart goes out to you. I honestly could not imagine and I am so so sorry that you have to go through this. Your cute family will definetly be in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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