Strong and Courageous and Never Afraid

Today is the day that Sunny and I have been both anticipating and dreading. For the past year, we’ve been visiting a pediatric endocrinologist about Joshua’s size. He’s always been a bit small (he weighed only 2lbs. at birth) but we were still concerned about his lack of growth. It was determined a few months ago that he’s growth hormone deficient. Today we start his injections; a nurse will come out to the house and show us how to administer these shots to him. We didn’t know this when we began this journey, but we’ll need to give him one shot a day, 6 days a week, for approximately the next 12 years or so. Needless to say, Sunny and I aren’t excited about having to do this to our son. But we’re also thankful that this method has been made available to us and we’re hoping this will put Joshua in the best possible position to grow at a normal rate over the next several years.

Every time we sit down to talk with Joshua about what’s about to happen, he’s such a little trooper. We’ve been honest about the situation and we’ve told him that we don’t know how much these shots are going to hurt but that they’re going to be good for him and sometimes when we’re little, we can’t understand how something that hurts could be good for us, etc. Last night, I was telling him about all of this again and he looked at me and said, “I won’t be afraid, Daddy. I’ll be strong and courageous and never afraid, just like we pray every night.” I smile because I know he’s found strength in the one Bible verse he knows by heart, Joshua 1:9. I look in his eyes and I know he really believes everything we’ve said about God being with him, just like He was with another guy named Joshua a long time ago. I know he believes what we’ve been telling him. And I know he’s going to be OK.

And Mommy and Daddy, even though they’re a little apprehensive about this whole thing…they’re going to be OK, too.

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5 Responses to Strong and Courageous and Never Afraid

  1. Stacy says:

    BC Sunny copied and pasted your post, I commented on hers first…So…I copied and pasted my comment to you:I know this is a huge commitment you and Sunny are making, and as always it is because you are trying to do what is best for your children. Of all the people I know, you (esp Sunny)will be the very best person to diligently and faithfully administer Joshua’s treatments daily. (I can’t even get through a 10-day course of antibiotics without forgetting a dose!!) I pray the treatments will have the desired effects on his growth, and that God will grant Joshua (and you and Sunny) the courage and strength that you faithfully believe He will provide!

  2. Joshua Whitson says:

    May God bless you all during this time. My prayers are with you!

  3. THE MORROW FAMILY says:

    I told Sunny on her blog that I was just thinking of ya’ll this morning and wondering when the exact day was that ya’ll were starting the treatments. Please know that we are in prayer for you and Sunny and Joshua for the present and for the years that lie ahead. Joshua is blessed to have you two for parents.

  4. Jason says:

    Thanks, guys. Your thoughts and prayers mean so much to us.

  5. TARA says:

    What a trooper. Joshua is such a special guy. I know he will continue to make you proud. Our Sunday School class prays for Joshua every week!

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