Sunday, 8 January 2012

Rumors of Tumors

On January 2, we took Jordan to the hospital to get some insight as to why he was experiencing leg pain. For those of you who have not seen Jordan lately, he has grown over 4 inches in the past 6 months. He is a very tall, handsome and extremely intelligent and sensitive young man.

The results of those tests were serious enough that he was referred to the top paediatric orthopaedic surgeons at Children's Hospital in Vancouver.

Dr. Ken Brown (Bone specialist ) said that he is pretty confident that Jordan has a malignant form of bone cancer in his right femur (upper leg) called Osteogenic Sarcoma. Sarcoma means a tumor that starts in bone, muscle or connective tissue. It usually develops during the period of rapid growth that occurs in adolescence, as a teenager matures into an adult. This cancer occurs most commonly in larger bones and in the area of bone with the fastest growth rate.

After various MRIs and other scans the doctors have discovered that Jordan has four more tumors – three in Jordan’s spine and one on his upper arm. As well as the one in his right upper leg, that is a total of 5 tumors. The one in his right leg is the largest and is growing from inside the bone and out through the bone, in a ”sunburst” like appearance. This is the doctor’s report so far.

We are headed back to Vancouver on Tuesday January 10th. The plan is to have a biopsy done to confirm the diagnosis and to plan further treatment. Doctors have also requested that Jordan have a minor surgery to place tubes in his artery in order to be able to administer chemotherapy. This is the report thus far.

Here is what we know to be true:

While we share the facts about what the doctors have said, we are standing on the truth. God is the kindest person we have ever known. He is good and powerful.

These recent events make no sense to us, but in the midst of the storm, all we can do is get as close as we can to Jesus and ride it out. Meanwhile, we are speaking to the waves and the wind - along with that mass in Jordan's knee. Go!

Please rise up with us in faith and love. We are asking for His Kingdom - His rule and reign - on earth, in Jordan's body, as it is in heaven.

We are speaking and walking with the authority that Jesus gave us. We are commanding this tumor to go in His name. We are fixing our eyes on Jesus. We don’t have to make a decision about how to move forward until after the biopsy.

Therefore, please agree with us that the truth of His love and power would manifest in healing

We are asking for a miracle of healing.

So now what?

We have spent a lot of time asking Jesus what posture He wants us to have in this. We are clear on one mandate right now. For the next week, our mandate is to focus on complete healing for Jordan. We have a "how to pray document" outlining how we would like you to agree with us in prayer. In order to line up fully with our focus of complete healing, we feel that we are not to focus on the "what if" path. We feel that God's "Plan A" for Jordan is complete healing and a disappearance of all tumors. In order to keep our hearts and minds in agreement, we are disciplining ourselves to not focus on any "Plan B" thoughts or action steps. Clarity of and a single focus is really important to us for this next week.

We ask that you would join us in agreement for this divine mandate and plan. After the biopsy results come in next Thursday, we will respond accordingly then. 

How can I help?
  1. Unite with us in this prayer of agreement for Jordan’s complete healing. 
  2. Many have asked how they can help meet the very “practical” needs that have arisen due to this storm we are facing. To find out ways that you can support the Unraus through practical means, please contact Cheryl Molenaar You can find out more by clicking the link on the right side bar or right here where it says: How Can I Help? 
  3. Keep following this blog. You can receive email updates every time we post on the blog by clicking on the "follow by email" link on the sidebar to the right. 
  4. Please pray for Matthew and Joel (Jordan's brother's) who are at school in Saskatchewan. Please also pray for Darlene's mom who is facing knee surgery on January 9th.

God is good. All the time. Especially now.