Jordan’s testimony

I have been asked over the last week to write up a one-page testimony of Jordan’s life for possibly sharing with our congregation (900 people?!). I wanted to post it here as an integral part of our lives.

 We learned on Sept. 17, 1997 that we were expecting our 1st son. That day was memorable. It touched me at my core that I was pregnant with a boy. I had the feeling deep in my being that this child was special. I had always wanted to be pregnant at Christmas and I so related to Michael Card’s song “Mary did you know?” as it was played throughout December. – Christmas came when I was 7-1/2 months pregnant.


On February 5th, 1998, Jordan David came into the world. He was not breathing, moving, his color was poor, and his heart was beating very slowly. However, following intervention, 5minutes after he was born, he was a great looking newborn. The next day, Willie and I looked at one another as we traveled home with our beautiful son in the car seat next to me. I voiced my surprise that we were even bringing this child home.


At 4 months, we found a lump on his thigh. It was almost like we were waiting for a bomb to drop into our lives. But this wasn’t it. This was a reaction to a vaccination.


However, as the next couple months went on we were faced with the fact that something was very wrong with our 7 month old infant. As a nurse, I was able to put a fairly comprehensive list of symptoms together for our pediatrician and he saw us that very day. The next day, we learned that our little son had a tumor the size of a golf ball in his brain. He was sicker than we knew, and they admitted him overnight to strengthen his dehydrated body and reduce swelling in his brain. We then had 3 days at home with him before brain surgery.


September 29th, 1998… surgery day. The tumor type was not what the doctors were expecting, but by God’s design, Jordan’s neurosurgeon was the leading expert on this very rare tumor type. We were told that most doctors would have closed him up and said “We’re sorry…”. The tumor was completely removed, but complications kept coming following surgery. Jordan could no longer swallow or breathe easily. A feeding tube and tracheostomy were placed. He had seizures, brain bleeds, and 3 weeks in ICU– all of this prior to the start of chemo.


Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s… all of these first holidays were spent in the hospital. His first trip home following surgery was February 3rd, two days before his 1st birthday. 127 straight days in the hospital. 5 days later he went back to Children’s for another round of chemo, and 67 more days in the hospital until his 6 rounds of chemo were completed.


In July, 3 months after chemo was completed, Jordan had his first follow-up MRI. The news was shocking: the cancer had already returned. Jordan had more surgery, with more complications, followed by 2-1/2 months of specialized radiation in Loma Linda, CA. The Lord made it possible for our family of 4 to remain together during this whole time.


In May of 2000, Jordan’s throat was finally strong enough to have his trach removed – what a day that was! During all of Jordan’s trach days, we had nurses in our home at least 16 hours/day – and our house was tiny! But the ultimate in bad news was delivered the following day: Jordan’s cancer was back for a 3rd time, and this time it had spread to other places within his brain. This time, the doctor’s said “We’re sorry…” The tumor that these doctors had originally calculated at a 1% survival rate was back and there was no further treatment they could suggest. We were allowed a Make-a-Wish trip to Disney World so Jordan could see Tigger and enjoy warm weather and water. Despite the bittersweet aspects of this trip, we were so thankful for this special gift of a family vacation.


By this time, Jordan’s prayer circle had grown to number into the thousands, and all we could do was continue to lift him up. The question that kept coming to me was “Do you believe?” And my answer continually was, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mk 9:24). Obviously, there are people in this very room who are praying this same thing for themselves or a loved one. And for some reason, God chose to give us the gift of a different type of phone call on August 4th, 2000: “By report,” the oncologist recorded on our answering machine, [this scan shows] “…no evidence of disease”.


All we can figure at this point is what John says in his gospel: “this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life” (John 9:3). So, the next time you see a little red-headed boy scooting through the foyer in his walker, may it be a reminder of the amazing grace and power of our Father. Nothing is too difficult for Him.



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rene'
    Apr 30, 2008 @ 17:36:23

    That is a beautiful testimony to the truth that God does still performs Miracles today. And we must BELIEVE that He can do what He says in His word! Therefore PRAY! And seek His mercy. “You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.” Ps.77:14 His Word is the same today as it was when this was written! Thank you for sharing.


  2. Smith Family
    May 06, 2008 @ 06:59:13

    Your story is so well-written and beautiful. Your family is such a blessing to us!


  3. Aubrey Cranson
    Aug 12, 2008 @ 19:01:36

    That is truly amazing.


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