7 months later, at 27 years old, Joshua Michaels was diagnosed with stage 3C testicular cancer. By the time he found out it had already metastasized to his abdomen, liver and lungs.
In March 2013 through June 2013 he underwent his first round of chemotherapy and in July he was considered to be in remission. On September 12, 2013 he underwent a 7 1/2 hour surgery to remove the dead cancer tumors that remained in his abdomen. On November 7th, Josh was rediagnosed, and the new tumors in his abdomen were larger than the original tumors that he had removed just 2 months prior and the cancer continued to spread.
Josh continued with chemo and had radiation treatments in attempt to shrink a tumor on his spine. Additionally, Josh underwent 2 unsuccessful bone marrow transplants at Moffitt in Tampa.
After his bone marrow transplants, his very aggressive form of cancer continued to spread throughout his body. Not giving up, Josh underwent 2 more rounds of chemo. Unfortunately, these last rounds were more than his body could handle.
On July 31, Josh was in the ICU when we recieved the news that a tumor has ruptured on his liver causing him to bleed internally. With his blood not clotting, he continued to bleed into his abdomen. Josh was given blood products but his condition was terminal.
Josh was placed on hospice on August 6.
His faithful and loving wife Jenny has been by his side since day one. Sleeping in the hospital bed next to him mostly every night. She couragiously juggled her full time job, raising their young son and managing her husbands illness. Throughout their journey together, Jenny and Josh have kept their unwaivering faith in God. Jenny has posted that God "has a divine purpose that we do not always understand or know why. Josh has shown me what true love is, faith even through life's storms, given me a beautiful son, and a reason for me to push research and awareness about testicular cancer. We know that everyone is keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. We love you all and we thank you for being such a big part of our lives. The amount of love that has been shown to Josh and our family is overwhelming and beautiful."
As always we thank God for each and every day that He gives us the miracle of having Josh here. God understands that we are selfish humans and want to keep him here but I remind everyone that our time on this earth is short no matter how long we may live but that our lives really start when we enter the kingdom of God.
Josh, Jenny and their families have been greatly blessed with an abundance of love, prayers and support from their loved ones, family and friends. All the visitors Josh has had over the past week has been a beautiful reminder that they are not alone on this final journey.
Many have asked what they can do to help. Donations to this cause will help Jenny financially with lost wages, final arrangements for Josh, medical expences and other miscellaneous expenses that may arrise. Please donate what is on your heart and continue to pray for this beautiful family.
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