Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Radiation Finished!

Going in for the last day


In the wake up room


Pictures from the River on Sunday







Joseph finished today! We met with all our doctors one last time and they got us squared away to leave. First we met with our radiation oncologist, then he had his last radiation treatment, and finally he was checked out by the neuro-oncologists and he's done. Everyone was really happy with his overall condition; the only minor concern was some redness inside his ears, which they gave us some drops for. Right when we arrived, the sweet lady at the patient registration who signs us in for the day had a present waiting for him from his favorite place, Target. He got to pick from a selection of thomas the tank engine trains. She said she didn't know which ones to get and so she let him pick one out. He was so excited. He also got balloons and more presents from the radiation team. Everyone wanted to say goodbye to him. They have taken good care of him here and we are so thankful for a place like St. Judes.

We also have been taken care of here in Memphis. We can't thank Matt and Jennifer and WK enough for letting us live in their house and for Carol and Rick and Nancy for making it possible. It has been great living in the same city with my sister again, and she and her family will be sorely missed. Many thanks to those who have brought meals for us. We have had food just about every other day since we arrived and we received the last one tonight. We keep using the word overwhelming, and since my thesaurus is back in atlanta, I have to say that all the support we have received is truly overwhelming.


After the pictures of his last day are some pictures from our outing to the Mississipi River on Sunday with Jennifer, Matt, and WK. Joseph loves throwing things into water and the endless supply of driftwood provided plenty of ammunition.

Videos from the last day: waiting for the doctor, in the waiting room, and going back for the last treatment.
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39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Way to go !!!! We wanted to be the first to congratulate you. Love, Martha, Karl and David

Ashley said...

Ok, well we'll be second! :) Please keep blogging once you get back to Atlanta! We check the blog many times a day and love getting updates! Always praying!
Love,
Ashley & Ryan

Anonymous said...

Well, I'll be third!! Love, Adam

Anonymous said...

Loved seeing the videos! I miss you all so much.
Joseph, Mimi is so proud of you. How did you get so brave?? How did your mom and dad get so brave?? We have to thank God for the strength he has given you all. I am sending you all a hug right now...a real big one.
Remember what Mimi showed you, Joseph?... How much does Mimi love you? When your mom and dad ask you, show them how much! That's how much I love your mom and dad, too. And guess what?? God loves us a million miles wider than that!
I'll be praying tomorrow as you all travel back to Georgia. Jennifer, Matt, and Winnie Kate are going to miss you more than words can say. Have fun on the plane trip, Joe and Mom. And Allen, I pray the trip goes by fast as you drive alone.
I love you...Mimi
"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge..that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." Eph. 3:14-19

Anonymous said...

I forgot to say I loved the pictures too! Thanks for taking the time to post them in the midst of all you have to do to get ready to leave. Love, Mimi

Sarah Partain said...

Praise God! I remember our last day in the hospital, the preparation to leave and the drive home. It was unreal. We couldn't believe that we were done with that chapter. The chapters ahead were unknown and that was a bit scary, but God is good and has taken care of us the whole way. I pray the same for you all, and for healing for Joseph.

Anonymous said...

Congrats!!!! We are so proud of you Joe!!!!
Nate and Tony and their mom and dad pray for you and your family every night. What a champ you are!!!
Love,
The Booth family

Anonymous said...

We're so glad that you guys are out of the hospital and headed back home. It's a long journey, but you're all so strong and have so many people walking with you. And thank you for keeping up this blog. The videos are absolutely amazing.
J.R. and Juliette

Wrights said...

We are so glad that the radiation is finished and you get to go home! We are praying for a great report at the next appointment.
Nathaniel, Rebekah, Anna Walton and Olivia

Anonymous said...

Joseph, you and Daddy are so funny--you could have a funny show for kids, because you make all of us laugh here at our house. Did you know that God has given you so much courage? More than a pirate, even! Walking the plank or sailing the trecherous seas would be nothing compared to what you have done, Pirate Joe P!

Can't wait to hear about your awesome Pirate party! Have fun on the plane with Mommy!

Mimi's friend,
Alison Fotenot

Vann and Norma said...

You are so strong and brave Joseph. You have been surrounded by the best parents ever who have been strengthend by our GREAT heavenly Father. Thank you Memphis for blessing the Peabodys in so many ways. You truly have been an extension of the body of Christ. May your journey back to Atlanta be a safe one and the time with your friends be blessed. Can't wait to see pictures and video of the pirate party!!!!
love, vann and norma

courtney said...

What a way to finish, Joe P.!!! I know that you all are relieved to be able to go home. Praise God for the way that you all were loved so well. But, I think that most would say you are pretty easy to love and give to. We are daily praying for complete healing and continued success. Much love to you all-

Courtney Ashburn

Anonymous said...

Giving thanks to our Lord for the strength He has given all of you since this journey began. Praying for safe travel for all and a wonderful reunion in Atlanta . . . and continued healing each and every day.
Love, Mel, Steve, John, Scott, and Natalie

Nana said...

Goodnight Lightening macqueen Sheriff and Sally..Guido here and Mac and Grandad and Maitre,Well our computer was down then our phones and then Iwent out without my cell phone ..sorry Imissed your calls.Joe P. you are the best boy in the whole world and the bravest and the strongest Holly bear misses you so much she kisses your pictures a lot and then gives you a big hug and then she gives Daddy bear and Mommy bear big hugs too .Holly bear is a very funny little sister JOe P. She makes Davey and Grandad and Nana laugh a lot.She talks to her dollies a lot ..she has seven in the crib with her tonight ..barely enough room for Holly bear.Holly has prayed for Joe P. every day no prompting from us she alsoprayed for a very cute English bulldog named Walter that we met yesterday after she said "pray Joseph" she said " pray walter" We went to Davids basketball game tonight and Holly made friends with a little girl named Sarah who was five and she had little ponies and some other fun toys that Holly loved.We are so thankful that Josephs treatment is over and that the Lord has sustained you through all these hard days."I turn my eyes to the mountains where does my help come from my help comes from the Lord the creator of heaven and earth"Sleep sound in Jesus tonight.Joe P. dont let the bed bugs bite .We love you tons and tons.Safe travels .Lots of love and kisses Nana Grandad Davey and Holly bear

shannon said...

gillian and allen,
i have continued to keep up via your blog and am so excited for you guys to get to go home. praise the Lord for joseph's time at st jude's having gone so smoothly. i will continue to lift you all up. love and prayers, shannon harris

Ann O'Connor said...

Congratulations, hope your have a good trip back home. Joe I'm sure you're looking forward to your pirate's party. The photos and videos are great. Safe journey
love Ann Ben & the boys

Scott said...

Amazing! Congrats! GOD is GOOD!

Those videos are hilarious. Glad to see Joseph is doing well and Alan is still a jokester. Thanks for the constant updates

Scott & Melissa Greenwood

Mary Vagnoni said...

"There's no place like home" ,thanks for the wonderful photos, updates and videos. Wish we could be at the big pirates party, can't wait to see the photos from that
love and prayers from all in Bogota

Anonymous said...

Thank the Lord for places like St. Judes. Egleston was a godsend with our troubles. We are anxious to have you back. The girls pray nightly for Joseph. You are missed and loved!
Love,
John, Vivi, and three little women

Jean Joiner said...

Yeah for the last day!! What adorable photos. See you guys soon!!
Love,
Jean

Lauren Klein said...

Yay Joseph! What a trooper! I hope you have safe travels home. The photos are great :-) You are such a lovely family.

Anonymous said...

We can't wait to see you -- Joseph has come such a long way!! Safe travels - loving the photos and videos.
Tracey (for the Shells)

Jody (atlanta) said...

Great to hear things going well and what a brave Joseph and strong parents you are. I 2nd Mimi with how proud of you all and amazed with your courage I am. I LOVE the pictures and videos (Allen/Joe should take their show on the road). Abigail could hardly sleep last night she SOO EXCITED(giddy would be the best word) to see Joseph tonight. She thanked God in her prayers for bringing him home safely from hospital to make mess with her. Safe travels and welcome back home....Atlanta has missed you dearly. LOVE YOU, Jody/Abigail

Jaime said...

Overwhelmed by how much love I have for this little boy. I'm frankly speechless. Welcome to back to ATL.

Abbie said...

So glad to read this news.
Praying for your travel!
-Abbie

Ingrid said...

Hi Gillian and Allen and Joseph and Holly
The videos and photos are great. Joseph is very funny. Delighted that you are going home. Hope you all settle back in quickly and that everything goes really well for you. Thinking of you. Lots of love and kisses. Ingrid xxxxxxxxxxx

Sam said...

way to go JoeTurbo!

Uncle Dave said...

I love the videos!Not quite as much Holly though. She watched for about 30 minutes today. Joseph may have a future in deomolition. We miss you all. See you soon!

Nana said...

We are sooooo glad everyone arrived safely Joe P. way to go sleeping on the plane and you wondered why it was so fast!!I hope you know we think you are the best guy in the whole world!!Holly is snuggled up in bed with countless dollies two books and two cups of water she probably figures she will get thirsty after reading and talking to her dollies!!She has become a big basketball fan two nights in a row watching Cpa basketball!Sleep sound in Jesus lots of love and kisses Nana Grandad Davey and Holly bear.

Christy said...

I love the way he helps with blocks. Awesome.

Welcome back!!! We've missed you all so.

Chloe said...

I was just thinking this week how satisfying a career in demolition would be. Mixed with comedy, it is twice as enjoyable. Great vids of a fab fellow. Love chloe.

Margaret said...

Welcome Back. To use Allen's word... You all overwhelm me.

Lynn T said...

Love the pictures and videos. It makes me miss you all the more. I love seeing Joe so full of smiles and mischief! I talked to Mom last night. In the background I could hear Holly busily chatting away to all her dollies! Hope you are settling in well. Congrats to all of you on radiation being over. You are all my heroes!

Love you and miss you tons, Lynn

Anonymous said...

Still checking in daily and still praying. Wishing we lived in ATL to help welcome you back. We think the world of you guys!

Love,
Chas and Catherine

Anonymous said...

We are so thrilled you're back in Atlanta !! What a wonderfully strong and brave family you are. Joe P., you have an amazing mommy and daddy !! And you are amazing too Joseph !! I agree with Mimi's friend, Mrs. Fotenot, you are braver than any pirate I know of !! Captain Hook would be shaking in his boots !! I loved the lightning McQueen pajamas. (They should make those for Mommies and Daddies.) I also loved the fact that Ramone is your favorite car. I think he gets overlooked for the most fabulous Lightning and Sally. Anyway, enjoy being home, seeing all of your friends, and especially the pirate party. Please post pictures !! Continuing to pray in Franklin !!

The Partain's (David, Rebecca, Sarah, Amy, and Luke)

amber said...

We are so thrilled for you guys and are going to continue to pray for Joe's healing and wisdom for you and Allan.
It is amazing at what the Lord empowered you all and Joseph to go through in the last several weeks. May God continue to fill you with all you need!
The Hess Family

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting the pics and videos. Just want ya'll to know we're still thinking of you and praying everyday. Steve & Katie Britt

Evan said...

Way to go joseph! The Satterfields will continue to pray!

The Morris Gang said...

Gillian,
Hey old UT roomie! Looks like you have some pretty amazing roomates now...what a precious family!!! Please know that we are praying for you...for a good report when you return to Memphis, for healing for Joseph, and for comfort that only the gospel can bring. You are loved in Chattanooga! Jennifer & Jason