Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Update on Joshua

I thought you might enjoy reading this update from Josh and his family.


“How I Spent My Summer Vacation”


This summer was not what I expected, but a lot of really crazy things happened. First of all, I got a stomach ache and the doctors said I had cancer. The first thing I thought of was, “Am I going to lose my hair?” Well, I did lose my hair, but some of my best buddies shaved theirs so that I wouldn’t feel so bad. It's actually starting to grow back already.

I had my first surgery which hurt a lot, but the doctor liked my incision so much that he took a picture of it the other day. It might get published in something scientific. My mom is sure that agents will be calling soon to see if I’m interested in being a belly-button model.

I got to meet a lot of really new and exciting people – especially some nurses. My favorites were Shirley, Warren and Christina. They took great care of me while I got chemo and they made sure I didn’t throw up too much.

I also got to travel a lot – over 600 miles back and forth to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The scenery isn’t much to write about, so I’ll skip it. Sometimes I traveled in limos, corvettes and sports cars. I sort of felt like a celebrity.

My dad and his friends at the fire department let me shave their heads for a fundraiser. That was a lot of fun, especially when I cut a girl’s long ponytails off. I always thought it would be cool to do to my sister, but I knew I’d get busted.

My dad says I set a record for getting the most spinal taps. I got 12 of them, but who’s counting. I’m thankful for things like morphine so that I didn’t have to feel much of anything.

My parents promised me a trip somewhere since we had to cancel our summer vacation, so I’m going to – where else? Disneyland! That won’t be till after I get my tests done and the Broviac removed. In case you’re wondering what that is, my mom is including a picture of it. She says it’s not for the “faint of heart” so you might want to be careful.

I had a doctor’s appointment today and he says that everything is looking good. I’m really excited to start playing sports again and not worrying about germs so much. I go back next week for scans and I’m sure my mom will let everyone know about my test results when they come in.

That is how I spent my summer vacation. I hope next year won’t be as exciting!

Joshua Munoz, with the help of a ghost writer.

7th Grade


Romans 8:35,37-39

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord"


Donna Boucher said...

Josh has an amazing spirit!

Thanking God,

sis' cindy :) said...

WOW! So good to get an update with such great news!

Cindy said...

Wonderful update!
What a neat boy.

Amy said...

So awesome! Thanks for updating us on Josh!

aunt Janice said...

crying at work...they understand,

Josh, Stacy, Mike and Jessica, you are an awesome family !!! I'm so happy to get the update and am praying for healthy test results

I know that positive attitude has made all the difference in the world!!!