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declares the Lord…

I wish there were some way I could avoid sending this update, but we really need prayer and we have held off as long as possible to get past the holidays and celebrations.  As you may know, Gray finished his cancer treatment on Dec. 5th and we were so excited to start making plans for 2012!  As part of his treatment completion, Gray underwent a battery of tests to confirm that he was in remission.  We got the results of his bone marrow biopsy first and were ecstatic to hear that everything was normal!  We then waited for Gray’s CT scan, bone scan and MIBG scan results believing that, at this point, the rest of the scan results were  just formality because cancer usually shows up in the marrow first.  Unfortunately, though, on December 22nd, Gray’s oncologist called with the scan results and the news was difficult.  The site of Gray’s original tumor, in his abdomen, had a spot that had grown and had also “lit up” from the dye they injected during the scan.  These two results caused concern in Gray’s doctor and so they immediately scheduled Gray for surgery on December 29th. We received the date for Gray’s surgery just before Christmas and so we did our best to enjoy our holiday and stay strong for our boys, but I think it goes without saying that what was to come was definitely present in our minds throughout the week. It was an emotional time for us.  At this time, we have elected to shield Seth from the possibility that Gray’s cancer has returned until we have absolute results, however, Seth DOES know Gray had surgery as part of his treatment.

There are a few different scenarios the doctors are looking at. They’ve told us this could be the return of Gray’s Neuroblastoma, although they have done their best to reassure us by letting us know that this would be extremely rare. It could also be a ganglioneroma, which is a tumor that is usually benign but can spread and become cancerous over time. Or, this could simply be remnants of calcified tumor which bares no cause for alarm.  Gray came through his surgery like a trooper, however they had to go in deep and his recovery has been difficult.  We thought we were just going to be admitted for one night but as of yet we have not been able to go home. We have been in the hospital for five days and counting.  Gray has recently spiked a fever, as high as 104, and the doctors are having a hard time locating the source of the fever.  He has been poked close to 20 times in the past couple of weeks and because he had his port taken out due to infection all meds most go through IV’s.  He has also developed blisters in his mouth and the doctor’s think he may have a virus.  They started Gray on 2 different precautionary antibiotics today and now we just continue to wait, praying his fever goes away.  We are also waiting on the biopsy results from last week’s surgery, which may not come in until Thursday because of the holidays.  I know God’s hand is on Gray and our entire family, but this continues to be a difficult time for us.  Just before Gray had his tests, in December, we were given the news that Doug’s mom’s breast cancer has come back and metastasized to her liver.  She will be starting oral chemo soon.  Our family needs prayer for strength and peace.  Our belief is that God is in complete control, however weariness can be a great adversary!  We love you and appreciate beyond words your prayers and support!

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher then the earth, so are my ways higher then your ways and my thoughts then your thoughts. As the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It WILL NOT return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:8-11

33 Responses to “declares the Lord…”

  1. Candice January 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    Praying for your precious baby. I know that God will never leave or forsake us. I have 2 little boys that are 2 & 3. I will pray for Gray the way I would want someone else praying if it was my baby. God is our healer. Don’t grow weary in the fight, keep fighting & standing on the promises of Jesus. Praying for your family…

    The Young Family
    Norman, OK

  2. Denise January 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    You are not alone in this. You do have friends praying and believing for you.

  3. Lisa January 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    I’m praying for you all. For NOTHING is impossible with GOD. Luke 1:37(NLT)

  4. Trilla January 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    Your family is in my prayers. Praying the results come sooner rather than later, I know this waiting must be agonizing.

  5. Becky Davis January 2, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    Our prayers are going up for the entire Everaard family. We love you.

  6. Amy Rachel January 2, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    In prayer for Gray. Sending love.

  7. Nicole Graves January 2, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    Praying for your family..May God Bless your family and give you peace that surpasses all understanding.

  8. Jean & AJ January 2, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    We pray for God’s healing upon Gray and strength to the family.

  9. Don-Linda Barnes January 2, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    We are lifting you up. LFA begins a corporate fast Sunday. You and your family will be at the top of our prayer list.

  10. Ashley Caldwell January 3, 2012 at 4:24 am #

    My family and I are praying for your family!! I could not imagine all the diff emotions you are going threw as the mother of this precious baby boy!! Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!!

  11. Suzanne Edgmon January 3, 2012 at 5:41 am #

    Standing with you for healing and peace.

  12. Amy Nation January 3, 2012 at 5:55 am #

    Praying And Believing, Holding your hands up in this battle! I know God is with all of you!

  13. Ruth January 3, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    Sending prayers of love and support to all of you.

  14. Cindy Burns January 3, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    Praising God for what He has done, IS doing and will do for Gray; Doug’s Mom and your family! He is in control! Where 2 or 3 are gathered together in HIS name, He will answer! Many more prayers are going up for Gray and your family! Our God reigns and He is our healer and our peace! Praying for renewed strength for all of you and the peace only God can give that all is well! To God be the glory! We all love you guys and will continue to make our petitions known before our God!

  15. Julia Cook January 3, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    Dear Doug and Jill, please know you’re in our hearts. Dewey and I continue to hold Grayson and your family up in prayer. Praying in the spirit, for He knows your needs far better than we. We love you guys.

  16. Christine Jennings January 3, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    Father, God, I bring Little Gray before your throne, in the precious name of Jesus. I plead the blood of Jesus over this child, for Your Word says that by the stripes of Jesus we are healed. I claim complete healing for Gray in the name of Jesus. Satan, I bind you and all your symptoms, in the name of Jesus. I loose victory into the lives of these precious Children of God. I curse the curse of Cancer that is upon this family. You demon of Cancer, I cancel your orders against this familly, in the name of Jesus. Return to your father, Satan, and tell him Sis. Christine has canceled your orders. You have no place in this family. Satan, I command you to take your hands completely off of this family, off of this child and off of this Grand-mother. Satan, you are a liar and the father of all lies. I command you to shut your mouth and leave this family immediately and permantely. Victory belongs to God’s childen. you are healed, you are free in Jesus Name. Victory! Victory! Victory! Amen! Amen! Amen! Thank you Jesus! Thank you Jesus! Thank you, Jesus!

  17. Cindy Bennett January 3, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Waiting is often very agonizing. You are always in my prayers. When we look throughout the Word, God was never early or late, he was always on time. I know that I have prayed that God would do it now for your family, in which I believe He is working, but now means that all the Doctors, Nurses, Hospitals, needles, meds, etc all go away for Gray. I know that the God of the Old Testament who made the sun stand still, sent fire from the sky, raised people from the dead, brought the Walls down with just prayer and obedience, parted the Red Sea, gave Sara and Abraham a child way beyond their years and saved Joseph’s family with the disobedience his brothers is still working miracles. I don’t understand the ways of our God but he is very calculated and never does anything on a whimwham. I still believe. I will always believe that Gray has the Hand of God on him and will one day have an amazing story of God’s healing touch. Be strong in the Lord and know that just because you don’t always hear from some of us only means that we are very busy praying for you!!!!!
    “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed,because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentaions 3:21-23

  18. Angie B January 3, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    praying for you guys, and believing for a miracle.

  19. Vickie Thompson January 3, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    Praying for complete healing in both Grayson and Doug’s Mom in Jesus name. Lifting you both up for complete peace and supernatural strength at this time

  20. Mary Hocker January 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    “Our God can do anything, anything, anything.
    Our can do anything. He made this earth and all
    it’s fullness and all that time shall bring, Yes
    our God can do anything.” Praying for your family
    that God will do the anything that each one of you
    need. Our love and prayers, Mary and Julius

  21. Janet Isaacs January 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Sending my love and prayers to all of you.

  22. stacy sawyer January 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Just want to tell you we love you and are praying for your whole family. I think and pray for you often.

  23. Beverly Moss January 3, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    Praying for renewed strength… my heart breaks for you.

  24. Deana January 3, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    I do not even know you, but I am a mother & a sister in Christ. I am praying for your precious little boy, you and the rest of your family. Please remember if you only see one set of footprints in the sand its because God is carrying you, that you are not alone.

  25. Cindy Masten January 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    We will be praying in Nebraska also. Your family has been a blessing to so many of us. We were formerly on staff in McAlester, OK and have been pastoring in Nebraska now for 15 months. We will continue to hold you and Gray up in prayer.

  26. Kirk & Karla Ford January 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Praying for you and believing that all will be well. Believing that this is just a scare tactic of the enemy, and it will end up being benign and of no concern.

  27. Kristi Northup January 7, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Tears in my eyes. We share in the pain of this with you. My heart is heavy for each member of your family in a different way. I am on my way to Urbana, IL for the week of prayer. I will put Grey’s story in and many people will individually pray for you all this week. I will be praying. I hold this in my heart at every moment. Love you all.

  28. pam woodard January 7, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    doug, jill and crew…continuing to pray for you guys..when an illness “drags on”, like you guys have had to endure with your precious grayson, we as people tend to loose our momentum in taking care of our own friends and family in Christ…please know that the prayers have never ceased for a perfect healing for your baby. you guys have SO many people that love you and we vow to also do “knee time” on behalf of doug’s mama, as well…we love you and are praying for your strength and peace until we get the confirmation, so longed for from the doctors that this terrible trial is over…period! love you guys bunches

  29. Christie Jarnagin January 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

    I began praying for you just before our daughter, Kara, had a recurrence of Leukemia. She had a bone marrow transplant just after Gray had his. Her sister was her donor. My heart is heavy for you. During our hospital stays and trials, we would read about and pray for cute little Gray. We pray for your strength and encouragement at this time!! We pray for Gray’s complete victory!!

  30. Heather Fowler January 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    So sad to read about the latest. I pray Grayson is feeling better and recovering each day. I pray to God you aren’t looking at relapse treatment, but if you are, I would be more than willing to put you in touch with resources I have found that would be helpful. There are many options for relapse treatment, but they are complex and varied. Praying for your family, with hope,
    heather, mom to NB warrior Elijah in Mustang

  31. Kristi Northup January 11, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    Fasting for you guys today.

  32. Deanna Shrodes January 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    Just searched for an update on Gray and found this. Wanted to let you know that we at Celebration Church Tampa (AG) have not stopped praying for Grayson and your family. We especially focus on prayers at our weekly Wednesday and Thursday prayer meetings and have done so since the first week we heard of this need. We will not stop!Right now we are in a season of 40 days of prayer/fasting and I will be giving this update to our warriors. We will not give up!

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