Joel was diagnosed with an Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor (AT/RT) when he was one, and people all over the world began to pray and follow Joel’s story on Facebook and on his website http://www.joelevangreen.com
Joel had a brain surgery to resect his tumor, 6 weeks of radiation (a treatment usually not given until the age of three but AT/RTs are fast growing and aggressive with a dismal outcome if radiation is not used, and a poor outcome no matter what treatment is used.) Joel received 9 months of the most intense chemotherapy available, and then he had a tumor recurrence.
Three months before Joel turned two he was given a few weeks to four months to live. In the 27 months since then, Joel has had five more tumor recurrences, each one life threatening, and each one treated with palliative treatment, designed to ease symptoms in end-of-life stages of disease. Palliative treatment is not curative.)
In October of 2011 Joel was once again expected to die within months, as he had three new tumors. (Two of these tumors ended up dying on palliative iv chemo, the third on radiation.) In November of 2012 Joel’s incredible medical team prepared the family once again for Joel’s death.
His seventh, and most recent, tumor was very large and growing very quickly. Ryan and Amy were told not to expect Joel to have any more long periods of remission. Amy and Ryan Green continue to pray for Joel and are still joined by thousands of people around the world who ask God for more miracles for Joel. The Green family believes Joel will live a long life, and they are dedicated to making the most of every single day that Joel is not dead yet.
About The Authors
Ryan Green is a programmer and game developer. The proceeds from this book will support our family financially, Ryan’s current personal project is called “That Dragon Cancer” a video game that explores sin, sickness and faith. http://www.thatdragoncancer.com
Amy Green is a writer, speaker and stand up comedian. Ryan and Amy’s greatest aspiration is to raise their four incredible sons (Caleb age 7, Isaac age 5, Joel age 4, and Elijah age 2) to love God without fear.