Prayers needed for Susana!!!!

Please pray for Susana and our family.  We have had a rough couple of days.  Susana has been doing absolutely fantastic up until about a week ago.  She began losing her appetite and getting very fatigued.  Then, in the last few days she has been complaining of specific leg pain.  She also has had a fever in which we had to take her to the ER a few nights ago.  They simply gave her an antibiotic through her line and sent us home to monitor it.  Her blood counts are still great.

But, we are freaking out!  Both Maria and I are emotional wrecks right now.  This feels too much like deja vu.  It just feels like this is exactly what was happening back in April when we first learned of her cancer.  So, we need prayer BIG TIME!!!

Susana has still had a fever for the past several days, but she is doing ok, meaning that she is happy and just pushing through, aside from the fact that we need to carry her wherever because it hurts her leg too much to walk.

The ONLY “consolation that we can gather right now is the fact that 3 other children at the clinic have also had to go to the ER this week because of fever and such.  So, maybe this is just a virus that she picked up from the clinic.  Maybe she has something like the flu.

Last night, she started stating that her throat also hurt when she swallowed, which both Maria and I looked at as a good thing because that sounds more like flu symptoms than things much worse.  This morning, I myself have a sore throat and am not feeling that great.  So…we are p-r-a-y-i-n-g that all of this is just a virus, but we cannot help to think the worst.  I mean, cancer has entered our lives and it doesn’t just go away.  Every time something out of the ordinary occurs with Susana, we are naturally going to think the worst…because we have seen the worst.  Its hard to think now that a tummy ache is simply because she ate too much.  Or that a pain in her leg is just because she got hurt.  Or a loss of appetite is just because she’s just not that hungry.  No, these things now have much weightier associations attached to them…whether we like it or not.

Susana is going to have her MIBG scan this morning, so that is a really good thing because this scan will show us if there is any tumor activity.  This is the scan that she got just before the stem cell transplant that showed “no evidence of disease” last time.  This was the scan that caused us to greatly rejoice at the news that there did not appear to be any trace of cancer in her body.  And now we are about to get this scan in an hour…and our hearts are pounding and we are nervous wrecks.  This scan will tell us whether these symptoms are indeed just a virus…or that our worst nightmare has just returned.

Please pray for us.  We are in great need for a miracle.  We are in great need of the peace of God to sustain us and get us through.

21 thoughts on “Prayers needed for Susana!!!!

  1. Praying!!! I can’t help but picture Jesus holding Susana in His great big hands! How comforting is that? He is in control and is with her all the way. Praying that its just a cold and nothing else. Love you guys!

  2. I will be uplifting your family in my prayers, especially at the time of the scan. Keep the faith! As a parent I know my mind goes to the worst thing when it involves my children. My heart aches for you, but I know God will prevail. He will see you through!

  3. Praying for you and Maria and Susana as well as Isabella.
    Jesus please touch and protect this family, lift this disease out of Susana, Heal her Lord I pray. Give them strength and Peace of Mind that you are holding them in the palm of you hand. Lord I pray you guide them in the right direction to do the things that will enhance Susana’s Healing.
    In Jesus name,

  4. Oh my. I am sitting at St. Michel hospital right now and I am crying as I read this. Will continue to pray throughout the day. Please update when you can.

  5. Cody, Maria, this fear is normal and natural, and does not reflect in any way your trust in God or His divine interventions. I anxiously await with you the results. I pray it is only a virus, but will be there for you even if the cancer has returned. And if it has, I praise God for the extra time with Susana you had when she felt better! I am praying you will be treated for a virus or flu and that all will be well.

  6. Cody and Maria,

    Hang on to Jesus….I am praying to our GREAT, AWESOME, SOVEREIGN, and FAITHFUL God who is present and holding on to you all. I would also, on top of the scan today, call her primary oncologist to check with them about the leg pain. It could be a side effect from the treatments she is getting, but not the decreased appetite and fever/fatigue. The ER might not have looked at all that is needed in her bloodwork. I am so sorry you are going through this and crushed for you. I wish I could be there to help and encourage you all; we may not have the right words to say, but the peace and strength from God is what you need. By His grace, draw deep peace and restoration from His presence and rest in Him. I am here if you just want to vent and/or need a listening ear. I sent my phone number to your email. There are so many praying for you all. COME ON PRAYER WARRIORS!!!

    “I wait for You, O LORD; You WILL answer, O LORD my God.” Psalm 38:15

    “The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; He IS their stronghold in time of trouble.” Psalm 37:39

    “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”
    Psalm 46:1-3

    “Cast your cares on the Lord and HE WILL sustain you; He will NEVER let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22

    “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
    Proverbs 3: 5-6

    “For I AM the LORD, your God, Who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I WILL help you.” Isaiah 41:13

    “When you pass through the waters, I WILL be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2

    “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His Faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.” Psalm 91: 4-6

    “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

    Oh Dear Heavenly Father, grant Your all sufficent peace to Cody and Maria. Strengthen them and provide for their every need. Please Oh Lord, provide the doctors and nurses great wisdom and discernment as they treat and help Susana. May You hold this precious family up in Your GREAT STRONG arms, and may they rest in You. You can do all things, and as your people cry out to You, we pray for your healing hand to touch Susana and heal her from this sickness and any hidden cancer that may be present. May there be no area in her body untouched by Your hand of healing. We trust in Your Holy and Soveriegn will for little precious Susana; may Your will be done in her life. Give this family the great peace that surpasses all understanding. We pray for a miraculous healing of Susana’s body and a clear report from the scan. Lift up and sustain this family LORD. Thank you God, and thank you for Your love you show us. In Jesus name, AMEN

  7. Praying, praying, PRAYING!!! I trust and fully believe that God is holding your little princess right now, and hugging her with His healing arms! Lord…PLEASE let the test reveal NO CANCER!!! And bring peace and comfort to Cody, Maria, and Isabela! Love on them now, Lord – AMEN!!!

  8. We will continue to pray for all of you ! You are loved and missed very much from all of us at OBC in Newark De 🙂

  9. I cannot begin to imagine the emotional roller coaster your family has been on, but with all my heart and soul I cry out to our gracious and loving Father to heal Susana and take you forward on your journey with Him.

  10. Maria and Cody, Asking our Lord to minister to the deepest parts of your souls… love you guys

  11. I just read this through the HIS coop and want you to know we are praying for Susana, please keep us posted. The Lord is nigh unto those that trust in him a very present help in trouble. I’ve seen God do amazing things through the prayers of his people. i wanted t share this verse with you that has helped me so many times….
    Is 42- When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

    Our GOD is the great mighty JEHOVAH who is powerful to heal and hear our prayers!

  12. Hymn: A Shelter in the Time of Storm
    Psalm 94:22
    SHELTER | Bible Passage

    Author: Vernon J. Charlesworth, 1839-
    Arr. By Ira D. Sankey, 1840-1908
    Musician: Ira D. Sankey, 1840-1908

    The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide,
    A shelter in the time of storm;
    Secure whatever ill betide,
    A shelter in the time of storm.

    Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
    A weary land, a weary land;
    Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
    A shelter in the time of storm.

    A shade by day, defense by night,
    A shelter in the time of storm;
    No fears alarm, no foes affright,
    A shelter in the time of storm.

    The raging storms may round us beat,
    A shelter in the time of storm;
    We’ll never leave our safe retreat,
    A shelter in the time of storm.

    22 But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.

    Praying and thinking of you all!!!

  13. Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side.
    Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
    leave to your God to order and provide;
    in every change God faithful will remain.
    Be still, my soul: your best, your heavenly friend
    through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

    Be still, my soul: your God will undertake
    to guide the future, as in ages past.
    Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake;
    all now mysterious shall be bright at last.
    Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
    the Christ who ruled them while he dwelt below.

    Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
    when we shall be forever with the Lord,
    when disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
    sorrow for forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
    Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past,
    all safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

    Our God is in Control by Steven Curtis Chapman

    This is not how it should be
    This is not how it could be
    This is how it is
    Our God is in control

    This is not how it will be
    When we finally will see
    We’ll see with our own eyes
    He was always in control

    And we’ll sing
    Holy Holy Holy is in our God
    And we will finally really understand what it means
    So we’ll sing
    Holy Holy Holy is in our God
    While we’re waiting for that day

    This is not where we planned to be
    When we started this journey
    This is where we are
    And Our God is in control

    Though this first taste is bitter
    There will be sweetness forever
    When we finally taste and see
    That Our God is in control

    And we’ll sing
    Holy Holy Holy is in our God
    And we will finally really understand what it means
    So we’ll sing
    Holy Holy Holy is in our God
    While we’re waiting for that day
    We’re waiting for that day
    We’ll keep on waiting for that day

    And we will know
    Our God is in control
    Holy Holy Holy
    Holy Holy Holy
    Our God is in control
    Holy Holy Holy
    Our God is in control
    Holy Holy Holy

    There is great comfort knowing that nothing is too hard for the Lord, and that He works all things according to the counsel of His will, for our good and His glory. His word stands firm. His word never fails. He will NOT fail you. He will not leave you comfortless. GREAT is HE and GREAT is His Faithfulness!!

  14. Rebecca,

    Your comments are always a timely word from the Lord. Thanks so much for your encouragement and for bringing the Word for comfort and encouragement. This is a tough time for us, but it is in these verses from a song? hymn? that remind us of the sovereignty and power of God…”Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
    the Christ who ruled them while he dwelt below” Wow!!! That is powerful!!! Thanks for the reminder.


    This is such a powerful song that reminds us of the Power and Holiness and Majesty of our Heavenly Father! This and many others, including hymns, have been a great encouragement and reminder that my God is there and to keep my eyes and heart fixed on Him, when trials are heavy. All Glory to God!! Just know that SO many are praying for you all, and if there is anything that I can do to be an encouragement or help, please let me know. You all need us prayer warriors!! I am praying fervently!! I hope you all are holding up the best you can. You are all on my mind frequently. Keep us all informed when you feel up to it and are able, so we know what we can be praying for. I know there is a lot on your plate; just rest in Him and drink deeply of the comforting and powerful words from God’s word. He is holding you all in His mighty arms. God Bless!!

  16. My heart is with you and I am praying for you until God tells me to stop.
    I have never been a Mother and I certainly do not know what it is to be a Father
    Thankfully God knows our hearts & feels our suffering!
    Shouting Out in Faith to the Body of Christ to call out His Name on your behalf that He Will Come Running Our Healer Our Savior Our Strength
    Believing for God’s healing waters to flow through Susana’s every cell!
    For God’s Glory Alone! Amen!
    Christy Nichols ~ Healing is in Your Hands

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