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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

UPDATE....

It's with an utterly broken, sad and grieving heart that the c.t. scan showed Andrew's lungs are worse than 3 weeks ago.  The scan shows more murkiness and there is a an absence of tissue in the lung that may be indicative of an infection or a healed one.
The team basically said they have done whatever they can to help his lungs.  Dr. Sonali said he has little chance of surviving and we need to focus on his comfort.  I asked if we are at the point of letting him go and there are no other option and she said that if we let go know, it's a acceptable decision.  Basically,
Andrew will need a miracle!  Sonali brought up putting a tube in his neck, so he could be more comfortable than the breathing tube down his throat.  Being on a breathing tube down his throat for such an extended time gets uncomfortable.  It also may allow him to be more lucid and communicate with us.  It will possible allow his loved ones to say goodbye.  It also can give him time to turn around, although unlikely.

I met with Jim the chaplain and we discussed what is best for Andrew and the possible things we will need to do before we say goodbye.  This is all overwhelming to say the least, but these questions and scenarios need to be addressed.

I ask you from the bottom of my heart that Andrew is at peace, comfortable and not scared.  I don't want my boy to be this way.


I have asked my brother and close family members to come as soon as they can.  I will tell you when it is appropriate for people to visit.  Until then, PLEASE DO NOT ASK IF YOU CAN COME.  PLEASE RESPECT OUR FAMILY IN THIS TIME OF GRIEF.  

I can't reconcile what is going on, but I trust Jesus is comforting Andrew as I write this!  If I have to let go, I know he will on to be with the Lord and rest in eternal peace.


I HAVE A SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST.  PLEASE PRAY ANDREW WILL AT SOME POINT BEFORE HE PASSES, BE ABLE TO SAY SOMETHING AND BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH HIS FAMILY.  


PLEASE COVER THE PARK FAMILY IN PRAYER IN THIS TURBULENT TIME.

Grieving,
JOE

65 comments:

  1. My heart is breaking for you, Joe. I am lifting Andrew, you, and your family up in prayer.

    Kevin

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  2. I'm so sorry to hear this. I've been following your posts and praying for Andrew and your family. The Lord is a God of miracles. I pray that you all will find comfort and peace especially in this time. Continuing to pray for Andrew and all of you.

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  3. OH,DEAR GOD, I AM BEGGING YOU, PLEASE, FOR THE MIRACLE OF ANDREW'S LIFETIME!!
    With all our love.

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  4. Joe - I'm a close friend of Pam's. My children and I have been praying for you and for Andrew and have been so blessed by your tremendous faith. I have no words for you right now. I only offer His:

    2 Corinthians 4:16-18 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

    Lamentations 3:31-33 For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.

    Revelation 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

    With Love, Lissette

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  5. Continuing to pray...

    Yun and Jean

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  6. I am so sorry to hear this.. I pray for All of your family in this very sad stressful time... I wish andrew has comfort and a possible miracle may happen!!

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  7. We will pray for that communication. We are so sad for what you are going through, but so grateful that there is a beautiful Heaven of all comfort. The Saffords

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  8. Just stopped our staff retreat in Niles, Michigan to pray for you... For Andrew.... For God's will...

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  9. Peace, and Freedom from fear for you

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  10. Dear Joe and family,
    I have such a heavy heart after reading this most recent entry. I grieve with you. I can't help but think what it would be like if we did not believe in Christ...such a hopeless situation.

    John 3:16, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not parish but have eternal life. Our faith and hope is in Christ alone.

    Andrew shall not perish but have eternal life.

    Love in Christ, Danielle Henson

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  11. Son of David, have mercy on this child. God of comfort, bring comfort to this family.

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  12. Dear Lord, may you shine mercy and comfort, and hope in this difficult time.

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  13. Our hearts are aching at this news. We have been praying for your family daily, and will continue to do so during this time. Hold fast to Jesus, our Comforter.

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  14. Dear joe, we have never met, but I have been following andrew's condition for some time. Please know we are all praying for you and stand with you. Our God is a God of love and compassion. He will cover Andrew with love and peace; he will meet his Lord and Savior in a place free from suffering and pain. He will be made perfect in Him. May God grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

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  15. I don't understand and don't really know what to say except that I pray that God would hold Andrew in his might hand and guid you and your family through this. I am so sorry.

    Sung

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  16. Praying for Andrew and your family that God will show His utmost love and mercy....

    Injae

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  17. Lifting your family up in prayer

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  18. Praying for all of you, I am so sorry. I will pray Andrew is comforted and not scared and I pray for you and your family to be held up by His arms and strength and be comforted in this time of grief....I also pray he will be able to communicate with you all.

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  19. I don't know you or Andrew, but my sister-in-law does. I'm sorry to hear of Andrew's plight. I have you in my prayers for comfort to you and your family at this desperate hour. May God Bless you and yours.

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  20. Our hearts are aching so much with you and your family right now....praying for God's perfect peace to guard Andrew and each one of you....you are not alone! Immanuel.

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  21. Praying for precious, precious Andrew, for a miracle, for your family, for peace.

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  22. Praying for a miracle! I will also pray that Andrew is comfortable and peaceful and that he will communicate with you all. Jennie

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  23. praying for comfort and peace.

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  24. We are praying for Andrew and your family . May GOD comfort you and carry you.

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  25. I pray that the Lord has Andrew wrapped in love and joy and warmpth and peace and happiness, now and always. I pray that the Lord has the entire Park family in his arms, helping to carry the burden of tragedy and sadness that you are experiencing. I continue to pray for a miracle for your beautiful Andrew.

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  26. We are praying for peace and God's strength... See you all soon.

    Isaiah 41:10
    So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

    -Robin

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  27. Joe. Just found you and your story on FB. I am praying for your family. Grieving with you.

    Your old friend from Africa.
    Peter Yi

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  28. Joe, I can't get rid of the image I had when we spoke last night - of seeing Andrew and you in August when I visit. I refuse to give up hope for a miracle, and I want you to know I am praying, on my knees, for your son. I am sending you all love and comfort in such a difficult time.

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  29. Joe, our whole family is thinking of you and praying for you. Praying for peace and comfort on all of you...

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  30. Kimberly Link CarperJune 26, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Joe -- my heart is breaking for you. Praying for Andrew's comfort and for all of your family.

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  31. Lifting up your precious boy Andrew and your family in prayer. May He bless you all with much strength and hope during this difficult time. My heart truly aches, but I have not given up hope for a miracle to unfold. Lord please wrap your arms around Andrew and his family tight and bring them peace and comfort.

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  32. Praying .....please GOD we need a miracle,,,,,,we love Andrew.

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  33. So, so very saddened to hear this news. Although we've never met, my family and I have been so very touched by your courageous fight and will continue to support you in prayer during this challenging time. May you all sense the Lord's presence in very real and tangible ways in the days ahead, especially Andrew.

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  34. My heart is breaking but praying. Where there is God, there is hope. May God's all-surpassing peace be upon your precious family.

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  35. Rev 21:4 - He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
    Phil 3:20-21 - But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, b the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
    Dt 31:6 - Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

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  36. Praying for Andrew. He makes all of us proud.

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  37. Praying for peace and comfort to be with Andrew and you all.

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  38. We are praying for Andrew and your family. Praying to the Lord for miracles and comfort.

    -friend of Pam's from VA

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  39. Joe,
    I have no words to convey the sorrow I feel for you and your family. I have followed andrew's battle all along and have prayed and hoped for his recovery. As someone who deals with sorrow every day, this development has saddened me beyond most others. I will continue to pray for Andrew's recovery and for peace for your family. If I can ever do anything for you, please let me know.
    Always your friend,
    Mike Reid

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  40. The Lane School community has you all in their thoughts and prayers. Praying for comfort for Andrew.

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  41. Praying for the Kingdom of God to come -- His eternal sweet shalom, power of love and healing to flow through Andrew's body, soul, mind and spirit right now. Let His Presence and Grace overflow into your whole family, covering you through and through during this difficult time. Peace to you in this hour.

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  42. Your last post brought tears to my eyes. I pray for Andrew's peace and comfort, as well as that of all his loving family in this very challenging time.

    Mikael Wolfe

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  43. My heart breaks that Andrew has to deal with this devastating disease and that 'God's Will appears to be different than what we have all been hoping for'. 'Anything with God is possible, so we continue to pray for a miracle and 'peace & comfort' for Andrew and all of you. Pam

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  44. My heart continues to break as I have read and re-read your posts and as I look at Andrews pictures. We are praying Joe. We pray for peace for Andrew and peace for you and the family. you encourage me so much but let us be here for you. We pray you can communicate with Andrew but we still pray for miracles. Whatever God has planned, I know He is never leaving you alone. Let us know what else you need but in the meantime, giving you the space and time you need and praying for you continually. Julie

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  45. Joe we are praying for you and Andrew from Japan. Your faith and Andrew's faith in Christ has encouraged so many of us throughout the world. - Joe Kim

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  46. There's nothing I can say except that I will continue to pray for Andrew to be at peace and I hope he knows that he has touched so many hearts and we all love him so much.
    Cindy

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  47. Joe -- my heart is breaking, but I also refuse to give up hope for a miracle! I pray for wisdom for you in knowing the right thing to do. On the other side of letting him go is a tremendous amount of peace, and relief from pain and suffering. Not just for Andrew but for your entire family. I hope you get your moment with Andrew. It's a very powerful thing to be able to guide someone into the hands of God for eternity and say "I'll meet you there, someday, and we will be together again."

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  48. Andrew, tho' we've never met... we love you b/c He first loved us. I am so sorry that you are going through so much pain... but we pray that the Lord of all Comfort will bring you rest right now in your body, in your spirit, in your heart. We pray that He will touch you in a deep way so you will have much peace even through this trial ... we pray that He will open your mouth & voice to be able to speak to those who gather around you and love you. Know that you are being lifted up by so many here in VA. We fight this battle with you.

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  49. Joe, Jennifer, Andrew, Emily & Bryanna,

    Friend of Pam here in NoVA. Been following & praying for Andrew's fight for few months. Being a dad w/ 3 kids, this is hitting me hard. Can't begin to imagine what y'all must be going through. May Emmanuel, the Lord of comfort be with y'all and carry you through this period. May His peace that transcends all understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ.

    John

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  50. So sad, but we keep praying to the Faithful One. May Christ Jesus be our source of strength and comfort. Lifting your family up in His name.

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  51. Praying for all of you to be able to handle whatever the future holds.

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  52. We are keep prying for Andrew...

    chansoo

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  53. Dear Joe & Family:

    I don't know you guys but I have been following your story and blog for some time now. Back in February, I had contacted Danielle Vickers at Lifesource to find out some more information on how to be a doner or figure out if I'd be a match for Andrew. Unfortunately, some things came up in my life that kind of put my efforts on hold. Now, I cannot stop thinking if I could have made a difference and my heart is heavy with that thought. I am so sorry I didn't take the initiative to try and do more. My heart is breaking for you guys. I will continue to pray. I so hope that your family will get that moment with Andrew. Again, I am so sorry.

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  54. Andrew and SusieJune 27, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    I keep crying. I can't imagine how this feels for you, Jen, Bry, Emily, and most of all Andrew. From the moment I woke up, all I could think of was Philippians 4:7 "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

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  55. Oh Joe, our hearts just ache for you. We continue to pray for your whole family.

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  56. I do not know you & your family personally, but came across your story through a friend. I am very touched, and want to let you know that Andrew & your family are in my prayers. I prayed now & I know that God is going to help you through this. God has a reason and a propose for everything.

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  57. With tears yet hope in Jesus who gives eternal life, we are praying with you for miracles of all kinds. All things are indeed possible with God our sovereign and almighty Father in Heaven. Thanks for enlisting and inspiring this army -- which includes me and my family in Oxford England -- an army that God can use for His glory to further Andrew's joy, courage and unwavering testimony in the face of such adversities.

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  58. Joe, I'm convinced there could have been no better father to show such love, faith, and support to Andrew through all this. I'm so encouraged by your strength and faith in our Lord in such an unimaginable painful time. If the Lord is calling Andrew to be with Him, I pray you and your family will be able to communicate with Andrew one last time and have peace throughout this difficult time. -Chung

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  59. Gregg Peters FamilyJune 30, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Joe, Andrew is in our prayers. Your faith is so strong, and your prayer circle is so large that we hope that it brings you a miracle for Andrew!

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  60. I am praying for all of you during this time. I hope that Andrew will be at peace and not be afraid. I hope that he know that, no matter what happens, it is the Lord's will.

    "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
    Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever." (Psalm 23)

    "May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you." (2 Thes 3:16)

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