Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Results from the biopsy

Dear friends and family

We met with our neuro-oncologist today and she told us that we are dealing with an aggressive tumor called anaplastic astrocytoma. It does not appear to originate from his brain stem but from his cerebellum and is now infiltrating his brainstem. The slides from the biopsy showed normal brain tissue wrapped up with the tumor tissue meaning that further surgical removal would be severely detrimental to Joe's ability to walk, talk, function, and could in fact kill him. This is an extraordinarily rare form of pediatric cancer and the location of his tumor is even more rare. You can read all about it at this site which was the first one that came up after googling "anaplastic astrocytoma".

Right now the only treatment is radiation therapy but that will not start for 2-3 weeks until he fully recovers from the surgery. There are some other chemo agents that we may decide to use if our team thinks they might be beneficial. We feel very confident in our doctor and she is doing everything she can for Joseph. However, the prognosis is not too good. You can read all about it yourselves and given this audience, I know most will immediately. But for now, we are going to focus on enjoying every day that God has given us with Joe, hoping and praying for the best, but preparing for anything.

We have many difficult decisions ahead. We ask that you continue to pray for Joe P. and for wisdom as we try to do what is best for him. Again, we are in awe of how many people are supporting us with prayer, food, babysitting, comments, etc. Even though this is an unbelievably horrible situation, we defintely feel God's presence and there is no way that we could go through this without him and without you all.

Thanks,
Allen, Gillian, Joseph, and Holly

269 comments:

Boothe Farley said...

i wish we could be with you to lay hands on you. we are on our faces praying.

Céire Martinez said...

my heart is breaking for you at this very moment. my thoughts and prayers go out to you. i pray that God will lay his healing hands on Joseph. i wish you comfort, peace and wisdom and you face the days and weeks ahead.

i love you all...céire

Margaret said...

No matter what happens we are all here for you. Lean on us and know how much we love and support you.

Christy said...

You are not alone. Words fail ...

Sarah said...

Praying in Franklin....

Lizzi said...

Joe P. and Allen, Gillian, and Holly--

Please know that you are loved and cared for during this extraorinarily painful experience. We are pleading with God to give you comfort, wisdom, strength, and peace, as well as miraculous healing.

Much Love,
Lizzi & Tony

Mel said...

Our hearts are beyond heavy...

themojos said...

Oh Sweet Gilian...our family is praying for you.

Cathy said...

Take comfort that many are petitioning the Lord on your behalf. We are praying for blessings and miracles for the Peabody family.

The Miller Family
Clay, Cathy, Remy & Quinn

Sara said...

I'm praying... and crying... and praying for Joe's healing and your comfort. God can heal him. We are here for you.

-Sara

B.J. and Beth said...

The Slotkins love you guys...we are overwhelmed with you...

Allison said...

Praying in Boone.. for peace, wisdom, and healing.

Craig and Gwen said...

Praying so much right now and would love to just hug you all to pieces.

Love - The Thompsons

Anonymous said...

We love you guys...
Tracey, Chad and Landon

Dave said...

I closed the door and cried in my office. I cried for little Joe and for all the Peabodys.

Brea said...

Oh, my heart is breaking. There really are no words. Allen and Gillian, we are in this with you and pray we can somehow help bear your burden.

Catherine said...

I am so sad for you all, I really am devestated for you and can't stop thinking of you. We are all thinking of you in Ireland and will be praying for you all the time.
Lots of love,
Catherine (Tighe) xxx

Scott said...

We are saddened by the news but will not give up hope. We are continuing to pray.

paige

Lauren Klein said...

Oh Gillian. Precious, little Joseph is in the hearts and prayers of us all. We are not giving up hope.

Allison & Jeff said...

Your words convey such strength ... I know you obviously do feel Him with you or else you could not have even gotten that post out. I am in tears for you as I type this. I can't pretend to know how you feel and don't even know what else to say except that I promise that our family will remain faithful in our prayers for all of you. It is so very hard to understand God's plan sometimes. We just have to trust that it works for good - even when it does not feel that way at the time. I pray that your faith and the love and prayers of others will sustain you. Please continue to update us and we will continue to pray for a miracle.

Allison & Jeff
(NHA)

Melissa P. said...

my heart is heavy as i read your post...i can't imagine and do not pretend to have any words to offer you.

know that we are thinking of you constantly and are committed to coming before the Throne on behalf of your family.

melissa platt

Jean Joiner said...

i can't imagine how hard it is to bear this burden. we will continue to pray for you guys and we love and support you.

Allen, Jean & Everett Joiner

Chris and Melissa said...

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." - John 16:33

I know that there is really nothing we can do to make it all better except to pray for God to intercede and heal Joseph.

Chris and Melissa

T.R. said...

we will continue to pray and hold out hope in Charlotte.

Jody said...

You amaze me how you have strength to update blog. I am crying and praying for you all. We are here for you...please lean on us Atlanta friends for ANYTHING...I mean anything. Holly welcome at my house always...we can grocery shop, clean, etc. Please lean on me and know how much we love you all and are praying. Love, Jody, Abby, Molly, Rob

Christi said...

My husband, Jarrett, and I met you guys quite a few years ago when Rachel first introduced us to their Community Group at a cookout at their house one evening. I read about your situation through Christy's blog, and just want to let you know that my heart goes out to your family. You are all in my prayers.

Heinzfeet said...

None of us know the right words to say, but I pray that through the words we try to express you will be reminded that you are a part of the universal Body of Christ that is so much bigger than your little hospital room. We are here- literally all over the globe- weeping with you, praying for you and growing through this difficult experience right along side you. If we could lift the weight off of your back, we would do just that. To the best of our ability, we are attempting to help bear the burden. May you know that Christ alone will truly remove it and carry you all through this...love you!

Anonymous said...

We are lifting you up to our Heavenly father praying that he will supply all your needs even before you know them. We pray you will intimately feel his presence and we pray for healing and strength. He knows your weakness and loves you as his precious children.
The Smiths - Chad, Jennifer, Amelia & Ben

The Roley's said...

Our hearts ache with you. You are loved.

Jan said...

Tennyson said, "...more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of..."

I am praying; we are all praying.

Much love, Jan

Anna said...

I am crying and praying and hoping for awesome miracles and comforts for little Joesph and his family. We love you.

Anonymous said...

Hello... I have been following Copeland's blog and was led here. I teach yoga and will dedicate tonight's class to your son's healing. May your entire family and all those who love Joseph all have peace and health.

Matt said...

My heart is heavy, yet still filled with hope.

Gracious Savior, gentle Shepherd,
Our little ones are dear to Thee;
Gathered with Thine arms and carried
In Thy bosom may they be
Sweetly, gently, safely tended,
From all want and danger free.

I love you,
Uncle Matt B

Anonymous said...

I am begging the Lord for his comfort on your family. I am a friend of a friend but wanted you to know that we are praying for Joseph and your family. I have two little ones myself and cannot fathom what you are going through but his grace is sufficient!!!!!!!

sj said...

this is for all of you who read every blog comment..
My sister Gillian is amazing...she is honest, composed, has hope, is realisti.....AND she called me after the biopsy and I felt like I won the lottery...
Words can't express how much I love her and how amazing she is.

Allen, I truly do love you too.

the mclains said...

we weep and pray, hurt and hope with you dear ones...you are deeply loved and are continually lifted up by us and our community

we love you
Rod, Shana, and kids

Anonymous said...

We will continue to pray vigilantly for all of you. It breaks our hearts, and we feel it must be breaking God's heart too. But we pray that He will heal Joseph and give all of you the strength and peace to get through this nightmare.

harmans said...

although our hearts are hurting we are still hopeful in the Lord's healing hands. we will continue to pray (as is our church in johnson city, tn). thank you for having the strength to keep us informed.

lindsey, andy, and jack harman

Anonymous said...

We are praying for you & our hearts go out to your entire family. My baby boy is turning 2 in a month & I cannot begin to imagine what all is going through your hearts and minds. Count your blessings as they come. The biggest that has struck me is that your husband is in medicine & that seems to be the only way he would have known to demand for an MRI. So, who knows how long it would've taken for a pediatrician to recognize the need for it. We will most likely never meet, but just know there are people crying out to God for you in Colorado.

Armin Siedlecki said...

There are no words that could express how sad I feel to read this. I cannot imagine what you are going through. My thoughts are with and I am praying for you, especially for little Joseph.

Brooke said...

My heart hurts for you. I can't imagine. With love and prayers,
Brooke

crystalc said...

please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.......

carriehayes said...

i am praying for you all. i am praying for a miracle to happen. thanks so much for encouraging all of us with your faith! this has really brought me to my knees.

holding you up in prayer,
carrie

carolyn & dave said...

May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus this very moment.

-Carolyn

Stu & ML said...

With tears in my eyes, we are praying for you guys, especially with today's news. God's mysterious ways, HE who gives and takes away, loves and cares of you, and we can trust HIM.

Mary Vagnoni said...

We are still praying for miracles, for your continued wisdom and strength to bear this heavy load,that you find comfort in family ,friends and prayer and knowing that God has a special plan for each of us
love Mary

Ashley said...

We will continue to pray for you throughout each day. May God give you great strength.
Under His Mercy,
Dave, Ashley, Cole and Harper

Peddles said...

God is right there with you, comforting and loving you through all these dear friends! Weeping for all Joseph has to endure and parents have to witness...we love you and our hearts are there with you. Love, Peddles

Heather Shaver said...

Sweet Gill and Al... overwhelmed with and for you as I ask the Lord to hear ALL our cries on Joseph's behalf. We love you all SO MUCH! May God's mercy sustain us all through this journey through this valley.

HUGS TO YOU ALL!

Heather, Danny, Elizabeth and Ben

Anonymous said...

We are praying here in Columbus, Ohio.

Tina

courtney said...

You are both amazing people, and especially parents - I echo Sarah Jane on that. On our knees....

Rob and Courtney

jane b said...

y'all are in our prayers (and tears) we are mourning this news but also praying for hope. and joy.
-the boutwells

Vann and Norma said...

Our hearts are very heavy and the tears just don't seem to stop. Brian took Grandaddy a copy of your most recent post. Grandaddy is so proud of you both and your strength in Christ.
love, Norma

katy said...

We are praying that God will give you hope, in a perfect dose, each and every day.
Katy

Alyssa said...

My heart hurts with you. Don't quite know what to say, but know that I am praying for all of you. Praying for rest, wisdom and especially for a miracle for Joseph's healing. May you find abundant peace in the hands of our Lord and Savior.

Kari said...

We are praying for you.

anno said...

Please add me to the list of "perfect strangers" who are praying for your amily and most especially for little Joseph.
Anne, Australia.

John and Sue Burch said...

We have been praying for you these last few trying days. We know that God has been present with you, because He promises to do so. We pray for sweet Joseph that he will know the comfort and presence of His heavenly Father. We pray for you and all of those who are caring for Joseph - for wisdom and much strength in this time. Just for you to know... some friends of ours in Virginia have a son with the same type of tumor. They have told me they are there to talk or be a sounding board if you want them to be. We will continue to hold you all before the Father - the Great Physician. Trusting Him, John and Sue Burch

scott cunningham said...

I just got back from a long lunch, and hurried to check for an update. I'm so sick and upset. I'm so sorry.

Shayne Wheeler said...

To all the Peabody's,
We grieve with you. This is a pain that few ever know and none understand.
The Wheeler's will pray for you every day.

Love,
Shayne, Carrie, Calvin, Emma, and Audrey

Shelley said...

Gillian and Allen, I am sitting at my desk in Memphis praying for you and Joseph and Holly.
I keep hearing about people that know you and are praying... some that don't know you and have heard about Joseph and are praying for healing and strength for you and your family!
Love,
Shelley (ross) Flatgard

Sara B said...

Weeping and crying out to the Great Physician.
So proud of how you are being "hopeful in affliction."
love-
Sara B

Patty Rice said...

My name is Patty Rice and I'm an old friend of John and Sue Burch from Virginia. In 1990, my 2 yr. old son, Christopher was diagnosed with a Brain stem glioma. It was totally inoperable because it originated within his brainstem, wrapped all through it and had grown into the 4th ventricle and was pressing on his cerebellum. He had numerous cranial nerve palsies, most notably, facial paralysis on one side and glossopharangeal paralysis (he had trouble swallowing and was coughing and choking while trying to eat. His gait was also ataxic and he had a significant hand tremor.

Anyway, UVA doctors did a very risky stereotactic needle biopsy. Pathology showed a midgrade Astrocytoma. We were told that his prognosis was very poor, probably six months. We began six weeks of radiation therapy. He had a central line put in (the best thing since now we could tell him No More Owies - an end to the IV's he hated) and he needed general anesthesia every day for his radiation treatments. You may email me for more details about that whole process at www.portraitsbypatty@aol.com since this comment is already so long but I wanted to let you know that Christopher has defied all the statistics: He's a big strapping musclar 19 yr. old, who loves the Lord and has special compassion for those who suffer or have handicaps. After his treatments his tumor stopped growing and hasn't grown since. Whatever is on the scans is either dead tumor, dormant tumor or scar tissue, only the Lord knows. Most of his paralysis has lifted.
I wept as I read your blog because I felt afresh the emotions of that time. I've never been a "cryer" but during those early days I wept rivers of tears. Our church and family and people we didn't know at all surrounded us with love. We were carried through the most difficult days we've faced as a family. When Christopher was diagnosed, I had just delivered my sixth child three weeks before. The kids were 11, 9, 5 1/2, 3 1/2, 2 and a newborn. The love of Jesus is deep and wide and high indeed! I have plumbed these depths and found Him faithful. Like Shadrach and co. we were thrown into a fire and yet preserved. I'll be praying for you all.

Anonymous said...

I Cor.12:26
"If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together."
As we are all suffering with you today, know that we will be rejoicing in all your tomorrows. Remain hopeful. Love, The Warrens

amber said...

I have been waiting for the moment of hearing the news. I am crying tears of a mother who understands what deep love you and Allen have for your sweet precious son. We will not give up hope and will pray pray pray!!! Your strength to continue sharing your story with all of us increases my faith in the Lord's working.

He is intimately acquainted with all your ways. He encloses you behind and before. He has ordained all the days for precious Joseph before there was one of them.
Ps. 139
We love you in Christ--amber

T.A. said...

Ann Woods and I will continue to pray for all of you.

Melody said...

Continuing to pray from Austin - I am so sad to hear this latest news but know that I am praying for you and am passing a big hug your way.

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul.

John said...

Vivi and I are praying and hopeful w/you.

Lisa said...

I heard about your son through Boothe's blog. Even though I do not know you, your precious family will be in my prayers here in Texas. May God hold you closer than ever.

JENNY said...

I don't know you at all, but feel compelled to comment and let you know I will be praying for you. I cannot stop thinking about you. I will tell others to pray.

Mrs. MK said...

here from boothe---

praying and hoping for the best for little Joe and your entire family!!

Anonymous said...

We will probably never meet face to face, but I wanted to let you know that our family here in California is praying fervently for Joseph.

clare said...

You are all in our hearts, thoughts and prayers here in Ireland. My heart goes out to you and I am praying for comfort, strength and hope for you all at this time.
Thinking of you constantly,

Lots of love,
Clare Tighe

Suzy Goodman said...

This news is heartbreaking. Continuing to pray for a miracle.

Felix and Jodi (Nashville) said...

Know that you are loved - I'm not sure what to pray for at this point but be encouraged by the friends and family that love you (so much) - no words - Felix and Jodi (Nashville)

Lyric said...

Praying for you from the West Coast.

Emmanuel.

rustyandkeri said...

my heart is heavy as i read about your latest news...we are praying for a miracle for sweet little joseph!

Merritt said...

Can't stop thinking abt you guys and praying for little Joseph, whom we've never even had the privilege of meeting. Random ppl in NYC are praying for y'all tonight at our Bible study.

Abbie said...

Psalm 141: 8

But my eyes are upon You, O God the Lord;
In You I take refuge...

Psalm 142:5

I cried out to You, O Lord:
I said, "You are my refuge,
My portion in the land of the living.
Attend to my cry..."

Continuing to lift each of you up to our Father in heaven,
Abbie

Anonymous said...

My heart is heavy and sad. Our community group will be praying for yall tonight.
-Andy P.

Anonymous said...

Allan, Gillian, Kathy, Rick, and the rest of the family,

I will not stop praying for Joseph to again be a healthy, happy, 3 yr. old little boy. You are all so dearly loved. Our heavenly father has known, since the beginning of creation, that your sweet family would face this. He will sustain you. He will be merciful to you. He will surround you with more love and peace than you can possibly imagine. Although no one can walk this road for you, we can walk beside you, lifting you up to the one who adores you, and loves you, and will carry you through this. Know that our family will pray without ceasing !!!

Anonymous said...

I am praying and will continue to be praying...
Leah S.

Melissa said...

Psalm 126:5-6

Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.

persevering in prayer

Melissa & Drew Bobeck

Wrights said...

Our hearts ache with you and we are weeping with you. We are crying out to God to heal Joseph and to restore his body. We will not stop praying.
Nathaniel and Rebekah

Anonymous said...

You don't know me, but I found your blog through a friend. I am praying for healing and strength for your family.

Sam said...

I hope Joe P is enjoying having his little sister back in town! Gill and Al, you and Joe P are in my prayers and thoughts constantly! I love you and miss all very much. I also echo sarah jane's comments... I can't stop telling folks about the influence you have had on me and everyone around you (not to mention the perfect strangers who are on their knees around the world!)

Philippians 4:5-7
"The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

-Sambo

Lynn T said...

Gillian and Allen,

You are so dear to me.

Bill said...

We are praying for you and send our love and support. Joseph is blessed to have parents standing on the solid rock while surrounded by this body of belief. May the Spirit groan on our behalf. With love, The Belchers.

Eleanor and Neil said...

Gillian and Allen our thoughts are with you at this tough time. Jeff, Aoife, Alice and Philip are all praying for their little cousin. Granny Taaffe in Dublin has you all especially in her thoughts and prayers. I was with her today and she said that "with a name like Joe he wont let you down"!
Thinking and praying for you all

Love Eleanor and Neil (Dublin)

Chip Hall said...

My heart broke this evening to read about the tumor. I prayed immeadiately that God would cradle the four of you and the entire family surrounding you all. I prayed that he would give each of you comfort. I prayed that if it is His will, to miraculously heal Joseph and that no matter what, he would give you all love that you have never known or felt. I will continue to pray for these things.

Jeanne said...

Our hearts are broken once again for you at this news. In tears we continue to pray fervently for all of you, thankful for your faith and hope that does not fail.. Love to you all, Jeanne, Chuck and Cate

Anonymous said...

please know just how much your family is loved and cared for by so many who don't even know you. diligently praying for you all here in memphis.

laura m.

jane said...

We are praying here in Greensboro. We weep with you and pray for you and care for you in Him.Jane

cindy terrell said...

can't find sufficient words. just want you to know we pray for you constantly.
brian, cindy, and nathan

Lisa Brown said...

Dear Ones,

There are no words to say how much my heart is breaking for all of you. I'm kneeling at the Cross. Joseph's healing is in my mind and prayers all day. I know The Lord is with you every step.

I love you,

Lisa

paula said...

O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be...

O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow thro' the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain
That morn shall fearless be...
(George Matheson)

Our family is praying without ceasing. The Brentwood Academy family is praying as well. We're praying for strength for you and healing for Joseph. The LORD our God is with you and is mighty to save!
P. Wilson

Jodi said...

No words...I'm praying in Oregon.

Anonymous said...

We are going to church to get everyone pleading for Joseph's health! Love, Karl and Martha

Ashley said...

I wanted to pass along this message. A girl in my bible study, Jamie, asked her mom to pray, who asked her friends to pray and then tonight I received this message:
"Beloved sisters,
You can count on your Kuwait sisters to be lifting Joseph's life before the Throne of Grace! Hugs and love, Sheryll "

Sheryll Mairza
OPERATION HOPE - KUWAIT

I do not know Sheryll and she does not know Joseph. Nevertheless, he has touched hearts across the earth. I'm thankful that the God we serve is greater than science, statistics, and surgery. I also want to add that a former coworker has a friend who had a brain tumor several years ago (she is now fine with a little hearing loss in one ear). She has asked that same prayer group to start praying for Joseph.

crystal varenkamp said...

I've just been made aware of your sweet family through Boothe's blog, and wanted you to know that one more family in Franklin, TN is praying for you.

trmills said...

We can't express our love and concern for you adequately. We are grieving the situation, hoping and praying with you. Wish we were there.

Tim and Rhianna

Anonymous said...

I found your story from Boothe. I will pray for Joseph. I will pray for your family as you face these days ahead.
Jennifer

Jennifer said...

These comments are so encouraging. What a blessing to have so many people ALL OVER THE WORLD involved in this. My whole body hurts over this. I love you two so much. The phrase from Isaiah keeps echoing in my mind; "when you walk through the fire you will not be burned".... Gill, remember over T'giving, we were talking about how God doesn't give you more than you can handle? Well, I think sometimes He does and that is why He gives us people to lean on to help carry the load. Look at all the people here He has provided you with!!!!!!!!!! Amazing... Love Jen

Jiggs said...

I can not tell you how saddened, and, honestly, disappointed, I am that God's answer to my prayers ... to the prayers of all of us ... was not what I/what we wanted His answer to be.

As a child growing up, I would frequently ask my parents for things that - from my perspective - were perfectly reasonable, rational and logical. More often than not, their answer to my request would be different from what I wanted it to be. I remember being disappointed. I remember being devastated. I remember being angry. "Why in the world would they not just do this one little thing for me?" "Why in the world - if they REALLY loved me like they said they did - would they not let me ... or buy me ... or give me ..."

My perspective, now, is different from what it was then, and my understanding, now, of the answers they gave me then is deeper and fuller than it was then. I thus know, now, that the answers they gave me back then ... not at all the answers I wanted, of course, were the best answers for me.

Sadly, I lack the knowledge of Scripture that other writers in this Blog possess, so I can't point to specific chapters and verses as my authority, but of this one thing I am absolutely certain: as great as was my parent's love for me, it pales to nothing in comparison to the love that God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, feels for Joseph and for Gillian and for Allen and for Holly.

I am thus absolutely certain that God has heard, and is answering, my prayers, our prayers, for Joseph's healing and for strength for Joseph's family. I am thus absolutely certain that God not "will heal", but is healing Joseph in the absolute best possible way. I just need to be patient and let God do the healing His way ... trusting that His way really is a lot better way than any ideas I might have had to suggest.

My prayers that the healing will be quick will continue, as will my prayers that Joseph and Allen and Gillian and Holly and all that love them will be calmed, and at peace, and comforted by a tangible sense of God's presence with each of them during the time of Joseph's healing and his recovery.

With continued love and Prayers from Kansas City.

Anonymous said...

My husband and I are praying for you.

Betsy Huey said...

Dear Gillian and Allen,

My heart grieves with you over today's news. I will continue to pray to the Great Physician for healing for Joseph, rest and wisdom for you both.

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. ~Psalm 20:1-2

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to him be glory. ~Ephesians 3:20-21

Praying to the One who can do immeasurably more than we can imagine.

Love,
Betsy Huey

Rebecca said...

I'm praying.

Boothe sent me your way. I live in Snellville. If there is ANYTHING you need, let me know.

Rebecca

Anonymous said...

We are praying for healing for Joseph.

Chap and Jane
Charlotte NC

Laurie said...

You may never get to reading this, but I want you to know I just found out about your precious little Joseph and I will be praying for him and for all of your family from this day forward. May Gods peace and comfort fill your hearts and bring you rest.
God promises not to give us more than we can bear and I am asking Him to make His promise real to you today. He can be trusted and He holds you next to His heart. Praying for complete healing.

Laurie in Ca.

Margaret said...

Gillian and Allen,
I've always known how special the Peabodys are, but nonetheless I am amazed at how many peoples' lives you had already touched and how many more now you are touching. You are so special to us all that friends of friends of friends feel how much we love you in our requests for prayers and support. With my river of tears, and heavy as my breaking heart is and as deep as my pain for you, I am encouraged by the way comments are pouring in to lift you up. And I know so many more people- and entire church communities in Atl and NC- that are praying for you that aren't in the comments. Miracles happen - as Patty's blog described. God MUST be hearing the collective call for a miracle for Joseph.
Love, Margaret
PS- another rule- Tissues can be considered accessories!

Anonymous said...

My sons prayed for little Joseph tonight. You guys are constantly in my prayers.
"I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul." Psalm 31:7

Katy and Mark, Jake, Landon and Lilla

Dorothy said...

We are friends of the O'Steens in Greensboro, NC. Please know we are praying for you and checking the update daily: morning, noon and night. Please know our hearts grieve the news and believe that our Lord knows your pain and will comfort you beyond your own human understanding. I love the pictures of Joseph. He is a precious little fella with such a wonderful smile and energy for life, I pray he will gain strength quickly and miracles will abound. Much love, your praying friends in Greensboro

Linda said...

You don't know me, but I found your site today and began to pray for your family and your precious little Joseph. There is nothing impossible with my God, and I just pray that He gently surrounds you with His love and peace during this stormy journey. May He give you wisdom to make the necessary medical decisions, and guard your hearts from the attempts of the enemy to destroy your faith. May He daily astound you with His goodness as He unfolds His plan for Joseph, and for your family. Know that you're all being lifted up in prayer, and that He's knitting unknown friends' hearts together to share your burden. You're not alone, and even though I'm a "perfect stranger", your family is heavy on my heart tonight.

Linda

Corinne said...

I came to read your blog through Boothe .... we are praying here in Victoria, BC Canada.

Jim said...

My husband and I are praying for little Joe! and for your whole family.
Jill and Jim (friends of Sarah Jane's)

susan said...

from Susan for Hillis...

Oh dear dear prescious Allen, Gillian, Joseph, Holly, how our hearts are heavy with you all you are facing....Jonny was so sick for so many years that I never knew when I hugged him goodnight if he would be alive the next morning, because of his persistent potentially fatal and uncontrollable arrythmias. What I can say is the Lord never wastes our suffering, He is a friend who sticks closer a brother, He carries us even when we do not perceive His presence. Ps 73 says 'though my flesh and my heart may fail, the Lord is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.' No valley is so great that He is not greater still. We only walk through the valley of the SHADOW of death and as believers, never through death itself. I pray you are freed in the Lord to make quality of enjoying each day your goal. We have Josephs name on mirrors and white boards throughout the house to remind us to pray; masha has his pictures all over her room at college; Brian is using the cue of every time he gets in the car (which is a lot given all the car pooling with our housefull) he prays for you all and Jospeph. We love you and are praying for you for direction in every way. You are prescious to us and to the Lord. He will never leave you forsake either you or Joseph. We adore you and you are with us in our hearts EVERY DAY! Love, Susan

Susie F. said...

I have been thinking about you all day, but didn't read the blog until now. I'm thankful I didn't, because now I'm such a mess I don't think my kids might have called 911! :) My tears are for you most of all, Gillian, because while I can't relate to what Joseph is going through, I can relate to the love of a mother. A love so strong that you would rather die than see your child go through so much pain and suffering. So, I will continue to weep with you and pray for you. Pray for a miracle of healing performed by the God of the universe, who is able!
Susie

Gigi said...

Friends of your family (the Pacetti's) told us about Joseph. Many in the Nashville area are praying for you. NOTHING is impossible with God, and we are boldly praying for complete healing in Jesus' mighty name! Going to the Throne on your behalf!

Anonymous said...

We are praying for you and your family constantly. We will not give up hope.

You are surrounded by people who love and care for you. We are all with you during this difficult journey.

Liz,& Scott Davenport

Anonymous said...

Another "You don't really know me, but..." post. Praying for you and your family tonight and for as long as it takes. May you and Joseph rest in God's arms and may He be especially near you tonight so you can all find rest. May hearts be softened in preparation for the tremendous work that God is going to do in the lives of others through Joseph in the weeks, months, and years to come!

Anonymous said...

Boothe has guided us to you and although we don't know of one another my prayers and our God know no boundaries. We will begin to pray for you all. My heart goes out to you. Feel the warmth of His love and rest in Him.

MMM&M said...

praying for you from Nashville..

Praying in Dominica said...

We will continue to pray for all of you. Joseph has an entire world praying for him and an amazing God to heal him.

Elle and Brooks said...

My family will continue to pray and cannot imagine what you are going through. Thank God for the wonderful family and friends you have to lean on. While we don't know you all personally, you have touched our family. Even my four year old asks for updates on Joseph and has added him in her prayers.
-Meg Bloomer

Suzanne Morris said...

We echo the cries of shock and disappointment shared by so many others.

Scripture says His mercies are new every morning and I am praying He'll be merciful to you.

Below are some of the lyrics to the Ginny Owens song "If You Want Me To"

The pathway is broken
And The signs are unclear
And I don't know the reason why You brought me here
But just because You love me the way that You do
I'm gonna walk through the valley
If You want me to

Chorus:
Cause I'm not who I was
When I took my first step
And I'm clinging to the promise You're not through with me yet
so if all of these trials bring me closer to you
Then I will walk through the fire
If You want me to

It may not be the way I would have chosen
When you lead me through a world that's not my home
BUT YOU NEVER SAID IT WOULD BE EASY, YOU ONLY SAID I'LL NEVER GO ALONE.

As you can see from the outpouring of comments posted...you are not alone.

We love you and "Jophus" (as our kids like to call him ever since you told us your nephew called him that) so much.

Suzanne for all the Morris family

Mandy said...

Praying for God's grace to lead you through. I will keep Joseph and you in my prayers.

Mandy
GA
www.madelinegracehopkins.blogspot.com

Adam & Margaret said...

Don't really know what to say, but our hearts are heavy and saddened by the biopsy result. We are continuing to pray for Joseph to be able to sleep and the Lord give him comfort and healing. We pray for you, Gillian, that He keep you healthy in this time you need strength. Our love and prayers are with you and your whole family!

The Ozburns said...

Dear Allen, Gillian, Jen, Matt B., Rick, Kathy,& Matt P.,
"The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." Zep. 3:17
Our hearts are aching for you. Please know that we are on our knees for Joseph and your family. Thank you for sharing your heart and specific prayer requests. We will be here to help carry your burdens.

With lots of love,
Kit, Natalie, Carter & Anna Brooks Ozburn

Audrey said...

on my face before our Savior. "I need you Jesus to come to my rescue, where else can I go. There's no other name by which I am saved. Won't you capture me with grace. I will follow You."
-Audrey

Anonymous said...

Praying in Collierville, TN.
Rebecca

Tiff said...

We will be faithful in prayer for you. God works for good in ALL THINGS. Trust in Him. I pray you will continue to feel His presence and His peace. With all our love, prayers and thoughts - Caisson, Tiffany and Maddox - Charleston, SC

MLS said...

I am a friend of Jennifer's in Memphis and will continue to pray for sweet Joseph.
We are praying for you trusting that you will have rest and peace.

Lauren

Holly said...

I am so deeply saddened by todays news, Gill. I pray that God will perform a miracle in Joseph's life in whatever way He sees as best. I already see a small miracle in the strength and peace that He seems to be giving you in the midst of what I am sure is the most tumultuous experience of your life. I can't begin to imagine what you guys are going through, but I am thankful for the peace in the midst of the storm that it seems that you now have. The love and prayers of so many people - across the globe - is so amazing! We love you guys so much!

Boothe Farley said...

wondering how you are right now, at 10:32 on wednesday night. i know each hour must feel different. sellers prayed tonight for joseph before bed and her words were, "God, thank you for joseph and thank you for his heart and thank you for the angels." (i think the heart reference comes from knowing that our daughter, copeland, had a heart defect.) but i thought that was precious. may you feel the presence of the Father and may the angels He is faithful to employ surround you with might and protection.

though you don't know us well, we love you.

conor and boothe

WMartin said...

The Martins and Mifflins are lifting you all up in unending prayers! The children.. Henry, Mary Dodd, Tripp and Kate are praying with their full belief in the healing powers of God to perform miracles. much love from Murfreesboro

jamie b said...

Praying in Albany, GA!

Anonymous said...

I can not imagine what you are going through at this time, but I am praying for strength, wisdom, courage, healing, comfort, and peace for all of you. We are lifting you up in Alabama. May you feel the arms of our Lord around you.

Love,

Leslie

Anonymous said...

we are praying for you guys. peace, the McBrooms: Brian & Liz

The Cochran's said...

You are all in our prayers during this difficult time. We are praying for God's perfect mercy and for wisdom while trying to make decisions for Joseph's health.

Jenny & Family

Kellie said...

Yes Jesus loves him...
We are praying when we wake up in the morning
We are praying when we lay down at night
We are praying
All of our love,
The Hutchins family
Bob, Kellie, Riley, Lauren and baby Sean

Emily said...

Oh, Peabodys. Rob and I hoping and praying with you.

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! I didn't know the angles could E-mail. Our hearts are heavy yet full of hope. I am praying with every breath for all of you. Jofus my friend...He's got the whole world in his hands. EL-Shaddai the mighty one whom nothing is impossible we pray that you heal Joseph!

I pray for sleep to fuel you for your journey tomorrow.

Much love,
Susan

Joann said...

we are praying. we hurt with you and for you.

Aly said...

i am sitting here at our kitchen table with watery eyes and snot dripping from my nose as i have read your post and read all comments. i am overwhelmed by the body of Christ, His love, and how TIGHTLY he has the four of you. as much grief that i have in my heart right now, my mind quickly says, "let's all suit up, saddle the horses, we've got a battle to fight...let's go." you guys have a FLEET of warriors behind you, beside you, and in front of you. know that we are ALL in this together.

prayfully yours,
aly, david, & asa slade

UKNat said...

Praying for your sweet baby boy in Nashville.

Emily said...

I have no great words of comfort. I just can't stop crying. I will not stop crying out to the Father on your behalf. We all love you, but Jesus loves you more . . . You may not remember, but you and Allen told Andy and I that night we came to your house for dinner that you were teaching Joseph to know that - Mommy and Daddy loves you, but who loves you most? I think you told me he said something cute like "Elmo does," and then you said, "No, Jesus." That was such an awesome lesson to teach your baby Joseph. I've used it with Connor many times since.

Anonymous said...

Praying for you!!!!!!!

Brubaker said...

Claiming this verse as we go to sleep for you guys tonight:
"The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him". Nahum 1:7
May you feel His care for you & Joe tonight.
-Brubakers

StephieAnne said...

I am a mom of two kiddos in Oregon. When my son, who is now 8, was 9 months old, he had a series of seizures which led us to the hospital, wondering if he had a tumor. It ended up that he had a very minor stroke, with no negative ramifications, but the experience was life-altering. Later, when our daughter was two months (now 6), we found a "something" in her cheek that no one knows what it is, but had folks worrying for a while that it was muscle cancer. It hasn't grown, but is just there, apparently, a special internal birthmark. With both of these experiences, I knew such uncertainty, such fear - and although they ended with best case scenarios, I knew God could have answered them differently. My heart aches for your family, and please know that all of my family will be praying for little Joseph. His story could have been either one of my children - so I will hold you close in my heart.

Marion said...

I have only met you once or twice (through Oasis). I find comfort in music. These are the lyrics from one of my favorite songs....

"Dear refuge of my weary soul, on Thee, when sorrows rise. On Thee, when waves of trouble roll, my fainting hope relies. To Thee I tell each rising grief, for Thou alone canst heal. Thy word can bring such sweet relief for every pain I feel. Hast Thou not bid me seek Thy face, and shall I seek in vain? And can the ear of soverign grace be deaf when I complain? NO!! Still the ear of sovereign grace, attends the mourner's prayer. Oh may I ever find access, to breathe my sorrows there. Thy mercy seat is open still, here let my soul retreat with humble hope attend thy will and wait beneath thy feet. Thy mercy seat is open still, here let my sould retreat with humble hope attend thy will, and wait beneath Thy feet."

We prayed for you in choir practice tonight at Intown. You all are loved....

Marion Seese

Luke Paiva said...

"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known." Jer 33:3 - Johannah and I are praying for you, our small group is praying for you, and we will tell Briarwood Church to pray. Do not forget to also take care of yourselves during this difficult time.

Kevin and Becky Hoover said...

We can't help but weep with you. We love you guys and are praying with you and for you.

Mikki Satterfield said...

God draws near to the broken-hearted, so I know He is there with you at this moment. I hope you are feeling His presence in a very real way. I'm praying for a mighty miracle because we serve a mighty God. Words seem worthless, but just wanted you to know that I weep with you and love you dearly.

Amy said...

We've never met, but my heart is deeply burdened for you.

I am praying for a miracle for your sweet Joe...

Trisha said...

I don't know you, but I am praying fervently for Joseph and your family. I pray for healing, comfort and peace.

Anonymous said...

My heart was broken after reading the words you wrote about your sweet son. However, what a friend we have in Jesus! I know He is there in this terrible storm and will see you through whatever the outcome may be. I will be praying for strength for each of you and for a fighting spirit for Joseph. Your faith will carry you- and please know just from witnessing the volume of folks visiting and praying- the heavens are being stormed on your behalf. Praying for you all- and hoping for rest and peace.
Mandy LeMay

Heidi and Kirk Weimer said...

Praying for miracles. Do it, GOD!

Melanie said...

I'm a friend of the Mills in Bangkok, Thailand. There are prayers going out for you guys all the way across the world. So while you're sleeping and not doing a good job of it, we're awake and praying! May you feel the nearness of our Lord.

phil said...

Gillian and Allen

I think I know how this would feel if it were our kids, but I know that I really don't. It isn't fair. So tough. Anyway, nothing more to say. I pray for physical strength and emotional peace for all, and that he might be healed.

Phil

Gerard & Yumi said...

Dear Gillian and Allen,
We are all praying for Joe and hope he makes a full recovery form his terrible illness. We also pray that you will be strong through these very difficult times.

Love Gerard, Yumi, Rosaleen and Josephine in Japan

Dave, Ami, Hadleigh Claire and Annelise said...

We are praying.
Isaiah 40.28, 29
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, 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.

The McNays

melissa said...

Our hearts break for you. We can see that God holding you up and we are praying for you and with you, our tears mingling with yours. I wish you comfort and peace in the knowledge of hearts and spirits joined in prayer around the world for Joseph, for you all. We are praying for God's miraculous healing, and for you to feel Him holding you in His arms. We love you, love you, love you. Melissa, Bob, Sean, Corey, Perry and Mac

melissa said...

Our hearts break for you. We can see that God is holding you up and we are praying for you and with you, our tears mingling with yours. I wish you comfort and peace in the knowledge of hearts and spirits joined in prayer around the world for Joseph, for you all. We are praying for God's miraculous healing, and for you to feel Him holding you in His arms. We love you, Melissa, Bob, Sean, Corey, Perry and Mac

Mel said...

Today, Lord, tend to Allen, Gillian, Joseph, and Holly like a shepherd. Gather these lambs in your arms and carry them close to your heart. Thank you that you promise to gently lead them that have young. (Is.40:11)

bugzmommy said...

Praying in Texas...

Reed's mom said...

Gil and Allen,
How my heart hurts and weeps so much for you all and sweet little Joe. In this time of trial and unthinkable pain, it is so encouraging and amazing to see the body of Christ surrounding you and lifting you up! You truly have an army enduring this battle with you! I am so utterly amazed and in awe at all these prayers and comments---wow! I know I can't truly comprehend your pain and what you all are wrestling with, but know I too will continue to pray that the Lord will give you wisdom in your decisions, that He will equip you with the strength you need to perserve, that Joe will also sustain and be strong whatever form of treatment he will undergo, and most of all He will allow sweet time with your precious baby boy--as only our great and mighty Lord can do!
Love to you!
Erica, Casey and Reed

Christian said...

Allen and Gillian, I can't comprehend what you are going through right now. I can only cry out to the Lord and ask that he continue to give you his presence and assurance that he loves you and Joe P. Your evident faith in the midst of this is an encouragement to me personally, and a testimony of the faithfulness of our God. We continue to pray for Joe P's healing and for you and Holly and your families.

much love,
Christian and Emily Barr

Betsy said...

Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O Lord, you preserve both man and beast. How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
~Psalm 36:5-9

May you take refuge in the One with whom is the fountain of life.

Praying,
Betsy Huey

Faith said...

Your family is in my prayers. We do not know each other, but we are still family - God's family.

Faith

-A friend of a friend of Ashley Smith.

Anonymous said...

i cannot imagine how overwhelming this week has been for you all. we are praying for healing, peace, and comfort for joe p. and your family.

jenny & alex winston

the melton's said...

Praying for your family.

Jennifer said...

Praying that you have the strength to get through today. Love you.

Anonymous said...

I will be praying for little Joe & your family :)

Anonymous said...

Gill and Allen,
if you read this..or if Jen, Mom, Dad, Mimi or Big Daddy, or Lynn read this or Sam...
please call my home phone.
I've lost my cell and can't get in touch with you guys today.
call my home. I'll be in and out today.
love you..praying for Joseph to continue to heal fro the surgery and that he will get to go home for a few weeks to play with Sashi Bear and Lightning McQueen and Aunt Sarah-Jane when she flies down to see you guys.
gotta go Deacon just dumped all million poker chips out.
sj

Spring said...

Our hearts are heavy. We are praying for you constantly.

Rob and Spring Rawlings

Dinah said...

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

"From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe." Psalm 61:2-3

Gillian and Allen, we are lifting you up in prayer all day long.
Dinah Freeman

Hilary said...

Praying for you in Alabama...link from a link to your page. May you take comfort in God's love and power.

Anonymous said...

I'm a friend of Sarah Jane. I was awake last night and spent some time praying for your family. I can't imagine the turmoil you are going through. I am praying for healing, but also for God's grace to sustain you through whatever may come as you walk down this path.
-Elizabeth

Kate Etue said...

praying every hour for a miracle

kate

Eric Vincill (Knoxville) said...

I am praying for Joseph to be healed, for you to be comforted. After reading the comments, be encouraged in knowing that your family and Joseph is being surrounded and loved by so many people. We are all praying.

Jailynn said...

I got to your page from Boothe Farley's blog and wanted you to know that I am praying for little Joseph. Our family just went through the same season for the last 4 1/2 years. Our oldest Ethan (11) diagnosed at 6 1/2, had most of his tumor removed this past July. He is doing Godceptionally well! We will have to continue to watch him and keep praying. Our God is truly amazing! Call on the name Jehovah Rophe, our God who heals. God heals, it may not be the way we want Him too or when we want Him to, but He does!!!!! We treasured every little moment, every little victory .. Ethan has seizures, some small and some little and then they stopped and we celebrated and then the tumore grew. It was very roller coaster, but through it all I learn to Trust God more! He knows what is going on even when we don't. Joseph's tumor DID not catch God by surprise. Trust Him, Trust Him!!! Rest, rest in His arms.

Boothe Farley said...

the Lord woke me up at about 4:15 last night urging me to pray that joseph would sleep well and that you guys would rest, too. hoping you were able to embrace today with hope and joy, and that even as you watch the doctors file in and out of the room, you are aware of a greater Physician whose might is at work.

Anonymous said...

Harper & I are praying for you and we trust that our God, who is sovereign over all, will comfort you and lead you through this time. "The joy of the Lord is my strength."
Love, Heather & Harper

susan and brian o'connor said...

Liam and Emma, our two little angels went up to heaven last week, Liam and Emma, and I invoke them to look after Joseph and you guys to help you get through this awful time and I implore them to find a way to heal Joseph and make him whole again. We remember all the good times Lynn, Sarah Jane, Gillian, Sam and David had with our family over the years and hope that Joseph will enjoy the same happy childhood. Love always. Susan, Brian and family

Mikey said...

Our family joins the hundreds of your supporters in continuing to pray for your family and we think of you every day. You are in our hearts. May our loving God continue to bless you in every day you have with Joseph.

--Mikey, Melissa, Gabi, Bella

Anonymous said...

There are no words, but from reading this blog, clearly there is love, compassion, faith and hope all of which are infinitely more powerful than words. We will continue praying frevently.

Tori said...

Dearest Allen & Gillian,
Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God...
My name is Tori and your story has reached Southeastern Pennsylvania. My prayers are with you during this trial and I ask the Lord to give you peace, comfort and wisdom as you travel this road. I will include little Joe on my prayer list and will continue to pray for God's protection and healing.
In Christ Always,
Tori

Nancy Huebner said...

Allen, this is Heidi Weimer's Mom, Nancy. My heart is crushed for you. My tears seem so insignificant as I can't even begin to imagine the intensity of pain that is producing your tears. I have been praying for Joseph and you guys ever since Heidi told me of your plight. Knowing that God's presence is with you, I pray that you will be able to actually experience that presence in a supernatural way. I pray also that the two of you will be drawn together closer and more securely than even before. For Joseph I pray that God would manifest Himself for His glory in and through him. For all of you I pray for restorative rest, strength for the journey, and comfort and peace from The Comforter and Prince of Peace.

Anonymous said...

My 7th grade class at Intown School is praying for you all, especially your little boy. They hope that Joseph is not scared and that God is giving you all peace.

Robyn Sugiura

Lynn T said...

Praying for peace and rest for Joseph today.

Amy said...

We are praying for you guys and we are passing on the message so prayers will be lifted up all over. Little Joseph is on our hearts and minds at all times right now! We pray for times of rest, peace and little bursts of joy. May you find joy in the hardest places!
Chip and Amy Hall

allison said...

I am continuing to pray for sweet Joseph and your family!

...allison collier

sj said...

Margaret, (Gill's friend in Atlanta) I painted Gill's kitchen with you. I wanted to get your number or email. my email is lexvols@yahoo.com
thanks
sj

Ken said...

As we gathered with my middleschool kids last night to pray for Joseph and your family, I started to explain what was going on. The kids quickly jumped in and demonstrated that they already knew more than I from what they discussed in school. Know that you have the support of many, many prayers.
- The Barr family

Anonymous said...

You have prayers coming from Ethiopia!!

steve britt said...

Praying all the time for ya'll.

Steve, Katie & kids

Shannon said...

Peabody family,
The Niemann's in Dallas, TX are praying for your precious family. Joe enters my mind frequently throughout the day and I am thankful for the prodding of the Holy Spirit to pray without ceasing.

John and Shannon (Newbill) Niemann

courtney said...

Praying for you all today for rest and comfort and healing...
I had a thought last night, as I was praying, about one of y'all's first dates. I remember getting a phone call from Allen saying that you all had run out of gas on, I think the Ag campus?!? I can't remember every detail, but, that's when Jen and I were living in Woodmeade. I remember thinking that if Gillian could tolerate you after that, she was quite a trooper!! Anyway, that was near the beginning of the journey for you guys. And look where you are now... The great Author of your lives is perfecting His precious children as you walk through the muck. None of us know much and there are no words of wisdom. But, what we can rest in is that He wrote yesterday, today and tomorrow. Much love to you all today...

Courtney

scott cunningham said...

We love you very much. Praying right now the Lord would peel back the darkness and show you his love again, anew, afresh today. His love for your boy is more than we can comprehend, and I know with surety that he shares in your sadness over this cancer. One day there will be a reckoning, as Jennifer said earlier, and a vindication for God's people will be finalized by our savior.

Anonymous said...

I pray daily for God to be present, to be your strength and peace -- my heart hurts for you all. I pray God will heal and restore Joseph.
Mary Lynne