A family has their faith put to the test in the most gut-wrenching way imaginable. How they are persevering is nothing short of divine intervention.
When Addy Joy was two-years-old, her grandmother noticed she would walk funny, which seemed minor at the time, but eventually turned into a devastating brain cancer diagnosis.
After fighting the disease for two-years and losing the ability to walk, Addy Joy lost her life to the aggressive cancer on June 3.
In an emotional post to Love What Matters, Addy Joy’s father told of his daughter’s death. He updated on what had happened, and also added a note to remind others that no matter the situation, God is always working. He wrote:
At 1:04 a.m. our sweet little girl received the miraculous healing that we’ve all been praying for for so long and ran into the arms of Jesus. She passed from this life to the next just as she had lived: stubbornly but also peacefully, and surrounded by family. She wasn’t in any pain at the end. For those who were wishing to say goodbye, I’m so sorry. This all happened so much faster than we expected, but that in itself is a blessing because she suffered so little at the end. We will let you all know once services are scheduled. Thank you for being a part of our little girl’s miracle. While this is only goodbye for now we miss our baby girl terribly. Always remember: God is in this situation, He’s up to something, and He’s up to something GOOD.
At 1:04a.m. Our sweet little girl received the miraculous healing that we’ve all been praying for for so long and ran…
In November 2016, Addy Joy was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, also known as DIPG, which is an incredibly aggressive brain cancer that roots itself in the brain stem. The survival rate is very low, with almost no chance of recovery. St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital states that 10 percent to 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors come in the form of DIPG or brain stem gliomas.
When Addy Joy was first diagnosed she went through a total of 33 radiation treatments in the first month alone. During the first six months, she saw success with the treatments, but then it took a turn for the worst. Addy Joy’s treatment stopped working, and in return, her brain tumor began growing again.
Addy Joy’s family was told by doctors that they should “go home and make memories” but her family would not give up on trying to save their daughter.
Instead of going home, they went to Mexico to try out some experimental treatments for Addy Joy’s brain cancer.
They started to go to Mexico for treatments in the summer of 2017 and returned every three to six weeks for the treatment. Sadly the treatment did not work, and Addy’s family received heartbreaking news on May 7. They were told that not only had the treatment failed, but that the cancer had entered her spine.
Addy wasn’t ever alone in the hospital, for her six-year-old brother Jackson stuck by her side the whole entire time.
“A little boy should not have to say goodbye to his partner in crime, his playmate, his best friend, his little sister,” Addy’s dad wrote on Facebook. “This isn’t how it’s supposed to be. But this is the broken world we live in.”
On her last day, Scooter, Addy Joys dad, also asked those that follow him on Facebook to keep the family in their prayers.