Waking up this morning was as normal as a morning could be.  What a blessing!

Three years ago today Jorden was diagnosed, and as horrible as that day was, today we celebrate his accomplishment, his success, and the wonderfulness of living a normal life – cancer free.

We had a simple and lovely day today.  Grandma Josephine came up for a visit, and we had a quiet day in, and a nice dinner out.

These months since the last post have been great as well.  After our September scan and visit with Dr; Sutphin, Jorden returned back to Dr. Phillips Little League and had a solid season.  He played shortstop, third base, first base, out field and pitched.  He had great at bats as well, and was excited to be a big part of the last game – he had a strong pitching performance and then hit in the winning run of the game.  Thank you Coach Bill for reaching out to Jorden after the September scans.  And thank you Coach Tim for your continued confidence in Jorden and your ability to play him to his talent and strengths.

Jorden, Joanne and Grandma Josephine also had a five day trip to New Jersey to visit family during Thanksgiving Break.  It was such an enjoyable trip, and it was so nice to see family, many of which we had not seen since Jorden’s diagnosis.  It was also nice being home on Thanksgiving night together with Nelson, Derrick and Alondra – all safe, all under one roof.

Right after Thanksgiving, the resales department at Marriott Vacations Worldwide presented Jorden with A Thousand Paper Cranes.  In the Japanese culture the crane is a mystical creature which is believed to have lived for a thousand years.  The crane represents good fortune and longevity. The Japanese refer to the crane as the “bird of happiness”.  It is believed that if one folded 1000 origami cranes, one’s wish would come true. It has also become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times.  Thank you to everyone who helped make such a thoughtful gift, it is truly a symbol of Jorden’s journey, his courage, fight and faith. It also symbolizes the thousands of people who continue to pray for Jorden and his complete recovery.

On January 30th Jorden will be two years cancer free, the goal is five years.  Once we get to that point, we move from the word Remission to Cured.  Until then, we are happy with remission!  Thank you God for healing Jorden and surrounding him with such amazing friends.

Jorden continues to do well in school and is looking forward to trying out for his school’s basketball team next month, and  then playing the spring baseball season once basketball is done.  He does have his next scan coming up, January 19th.  We know that this PET scan will be clear, and Jorden’s remission will continue.

We wish everyone a very happy holiday and Blessed New Year!