Brock Rocks

November 18, 2010

Diagnosi-versary, Take 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vanessa @ 1:53 pm

One year ago, today, I was sitting in a PICU room as a doctor told us that they’d identified the type of mold as aspergillus.  I will never, in all my life, forget the words she said to me.  “I think it’s possible that Brock might live, because you and I serve a big God who can do miracles….but I don’t think it’s probable.”


I remember holding hands with Jay later that evening and physically hurting from the emotional pain we were carrying.  We talked about how neither one of us could picture, in our mind’s eye, a 5 year old Brock fishing with his daddy.  But we could both see, clear as day, our pastor standing at the front of the church before a casket.

This day, last year, changed our lives more than the day Brock was diagonsed with cancer.  Almost everything he’s been through since then, has been because of the fungal infection, not because of the leukemia.  Leukemia has a cure rate of about 90%.  Invasive aspergillosis – about 5%.  The fact that Brock is asleep in his bed down the hall from me is. a. miracle.

Even today, my chest aches as I remember those dark days from last November.  But I’m so thankful.  For the doctor and the nurse who were there that day.  Because they both loved God and cried with us and prayed with us.  I’m thankful for the many, many lives that have been touched by Brock’s story.  I’m thankful that God has taught us how to praise him in the storm.  Taught us how to trust in his power and might, and not on our own understanding.  Because according to our own understanding, Brock wouldn’t be here.  I’m thankful that he allowed us to be a part of the miracle he created. 

Even more than that, I’m thankful that He gives ALL of us a chance to participate in the miracle of having our lives renewed and redeemed through Christ.  I pray that if you’ve gained anything from following our story, it’s knowledge and acceptance of the fact that Christ loves you and died for you and that there is redemption in Him.


  1. Crying from the miracle of your story and the journey itself.

    Comment by Adrian (Hesselgren) Young — November 18, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

  2. Amazing. Love you all. Brock you are a true miracle child.

    Comment by Jill — November 18, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

  3. Beautiful. Thank you.

    Comment by Kim — November 18, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

  4. I remember when all of us in flutterbug learned the news, bit by bit. I can’t explain the overpowering love, prayers, and just the need to help you, Jay, Jaycie do whatever it took so that you could help Brock overcome all of the obstacles being thrown at him. I don’t need to tell you (because I know you know!) just how much all of the 2006 FB ladies all love you and your entire family. You are my mentor in strength and love of God for sure. Hugs.

    Comment by Sandra — November 18, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

  5. What a great testimony and acknowledgement of what God has done in your families life. We have only be following Brock story for a few months but it is so inspiring to know that you have but your total faith in what God has in store for Brock. Continue to keep the faith people are praying for all of you daily…

    Comment by linda — November 18, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

  6. Thank you for sharing the GOOD NEWS! What a reminder that GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!!!

    Love, paryers and hugs,
    The Mitchell Family
    John, Nancy, Kevin, Karyann and Suzanne

    Comment by Nancy — November 18, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

  7. I remember a post you made about a year ago that talked about the mold that Brock contracted and his prognosis. I remember sobbing at my computer for what felt like an hour. My heart hurt so bad for you all. I am a mom and could only imagine the pain you must have been feeling. I just read your post from today and once again started to cry but because of Gods grace my tears were joyfull. Through God all things are possible. Brock is a true miracle! God Bless you all.

    Comment by Christine Lombardo — November 18, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

  8. Well said, Vanessa. What a blessing you & your family have been to so many people.

    Comment by Shannon Edwards — November 18, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

  9. What a testimony all of you have. If someone hears this story and does not believe in God and his miracles, they will never believe. We are praying for a miracle in our family. My youngest granddaughter was born with lissencephaly a neurological disorder, also called smooth brain.
    I know you are all truly blessed. I pray for Brock and for his continued good health.

    Comment by Anne Langley — November 18, 2010 @ 4:39 pm

    • i’ve been keeping up with your granddaughter through her caringbridge site. i’m praying for a miracle for you all!

      Comment by Vanessa — November 18, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

  10. I’m thrilled that I have been able to share this miracle as it unfolds. Vanessa, you and your family are the best testimony of all. You all will always be in my prayers. Looking forward to the next miracle.

    Comment by Linda Heikkila — November 18, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

  11. Amen. We serve a mighty God.

    Comment by DeLyn — November 18, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

  12. Little Brock and his wonderful family were brought to me by a friend so I could join in prayer for all of you. I am blessed to have been able to share in your journey. I am sure others feel the way I do too. Your faith amazes me everyday. As I sit here wiping my tears (happy ones)after reading your post I cannot help but know in my heart and every fiber of my being that God has great plans for all of you. Your family has touched many lives.May He continue to Bless and keep you.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
    April F.

    Comment by April Fisher — November 18, 2010 @ 6:08 pm

  13. What a journey, what a miracle, what faith!!! Our family has followed Brock’s amazing story from almost day one and I want you to know what an inspiration you are to us. We have prayed, cried, and hoped for Brock and are thrilled he is at home, healing, growing. Your stories have strengthened my faith and I can’t wait to hear about all the wonderful things God has in store for Brock and your family. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

    Comment by ashlye — November 18, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

  14. I praise GOD that Brock is HOME and doing well!!! He IS AMAZING!!

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    ♥♥ Love ya!! ♥♥
    C.O.L.E.’s Foundation
    (Caring Openly, Loving Eternally)

    Comment by Sandy Daron — November 18, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

  15. Brock’s journey has been such an amazing experience for my children. We have been following your story since you checked into the hospital over a year ago. Each night my three older children would hold hands and sincerely pray for God to save the life of your son. As he got better, they began to ask for his healing, and then for baby Brock to be able to go home. They have seen firsthand the amazing power of prayer and will never forget. Thank you for allowing us to witness and be a small part of your miracle.

    Comment by Anna — November 18, 2010 @ 9:29 pm

  16. Amen and Amen.

    Comment by Cindi Cartwright — November 18, 2010 @ 11:00 pm

  17. You all are such an inspiration to us, you are touching lives everyday. Miracles do happen!

    Comment by Britta Kiesel — November 18, 2010 @ 11:34 pm

  18. I remember your post from a year ago so clearly after being pointed to your website by a couple of Facebook friends asking for prayer. That’s the day I started following Brock’s story and watching these amazing miracles unfold. So thankful for all our loving God has done throughout the past year!

    Comment by Leslie — November 19, 2010 @ 9:17 am

  19. My dearest Vanessa, What a joyful time for you and your family to be home together now. We have much to be thankful for, including your strength as a Christian witness to so many and the miracle that is Brock today. May God continue to hold you and bless you all. Love, Aunt Connie

    Comment by Connie Huffmon — November 20, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

  20. Perfectly said, Vanessa. I am thanking the Lord for Brock’s miracle and His faithfulness to us all! And so grateful that our Lord is able to redeem even our deepest pain. Happy Thanksgiving!!

    Comment by Susie — November 24, 2010 @ 12:00 am

  21. Such an honor to be a small part of Brock’s BIG miracle and God’s work!! You guys are spreading God’s capability with B’s story!! It’s an inspiration to me and many many others! Thank you!!

    Comment by Dayna — December 4, 2010 @ 10:15 am

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