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  1. Laura says:

    Can’t imagine what you must be feeling. Sending thoughts and prayers.

  2. Pam romaniak says:

    I am praying for you

  3. Anna says:

    My significant other is going through chemo right now. We are going on month 7. We have cried and laughed through but there is no worse and there is no better. I feel as though there just is. We are strong because we have to be. And you are amazing for fighting for your wife and baby. Your fight is an inspiration to our fight. And I thank you for your words.

  4. Linda Troutman says:

    Prayers for you all!! I HATE CANCER!!! It is such a horrible disease. I can’t imagine what you & your whole family are going through. Cousin Linda. Tony’s first cousin.

  5. Diana Jones says:

    Prayers for you and your family.

  6. DebSchwarz@mac.com says:

    OMG – and I was feeling sorry for myself after my first day of chemo (early stage breast cancer so I’m one lucky girl, second time in 3 years). You put it all in perspective and I promise I won’t complain – but I want Dunkin Donuts next time! I really, really hope and pray that things get better for you – as they say in 12 step – one day at a time. I hope tomorrow is better, I really do. And please don’t feel guilty – you are doing the best that you can. (easier said than done, I know).

  7. Caroline Jenkins says:

    I pray that tomorrow is a day so much better than today that you will not even remember it. Let’s all pray together. You believe and the rest of us will pray. You are so sick now and so weak that you cannot even compose a prayer. The rest of us will do that. You just know that the Lord’s will is being done. Do not question that. Just look to the morning and the light of another day.

  8. Stacy says:

    I am so sorry for all of you. I wish you could be pain free and comfortable. You are truly the strongest person I know.

  9. Anna says:

    Words fail me, but know that I, and so many others, are praying. You are doing the best you can. Hoping and wishing and praying for better days for you…….

    • Coach says:

      Joe, I’m certain Big EJ hears you loud and clear and is with you & pulling for you. Can you imagine how he feels seeing you go through the same thing he did?

      I’m told the Lord works in strange ways. I still think He can heal your body if it is His will and that would not only be strange but miraculous. If He doesn’t – I hope & pray that He touches your heart, your mind & your soul & grants you the peace to know that Amanda & Mira are going to be blessed & taken care of. I know when you see your Pop he will assure you that Amanda, Mira, Nicky, your Mom & all your friends will once again be all together be completely happy & filled with joy.

      In good times I have always felt the presence of God. In hard times, & I have never had as hard of times as you have, it is very very hard for me to believe & feel His presence. I feel His love for you.
      I don’t understand why it is happening to you, but I believe He is with you & although you feel abandoned He is with you & your family.

      I’m not a religious guy, but I do feel like I have been blessed & God is looking out for me. I know He is looking out for you to.

  10. Debra Hardiek says:

    I am very sorry for what you are going through. My father also had colon cancer. As did his father. My father’s cancer was caught too late. I hope your health and days ahead get much better.

  11. Suzanne Bandy says:

    Weeping, loving, praying for your peace, Joe.

  12. Sarah says:

    Oh my goodness. I don’t know what to say. Please stay strong.

  13. teresa aguinaga says:

    Prayers are with you Joe!!!! Sending you a huge hug!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. revhheineman says:

    Praying for you and your sweet family. God has got you my dear. Don’t ever forget that!

  15. If there is an evil on earth, it is truly cancer. I am so sorry you are all going thorough this. Your strength and love for Amanda and Mira is amazing. My prayers for you!

  16. Anne downs- forsythe says:

    Joe, you are such an amazing person, I have learned so much about life and what is truely important from you and Amanda,. I can’t begin to imagine what this hateful disease is doing to you. I know we all say be strong. Stay positive. It is easy for us to say and much harder for you to do. Please know that the love all if us have for you surrounds you. I pray daily for God to take away your pain. I wish you more good days than bad. I wil never give up on wishing a miracle for you. This journey you are on truly sucks, I wish I could wave a wand and make it all go away. Since I can’t do that I will continue to wish you well, keep you in my prayers and heart. We love you xo

  17. Tom Reece says:

    I’ve made that same wish so many times including last night, let this be the last, I don’t want to do this anymore. I pray you find comfort and peace through this process. I hope you are getting help through your hospital, cancer center, hospice or other services. Let them step in and assist you with the things that need to get done. Thank you for sharing your story, there are so many of us that just need to know we’re not alone.

  18. Wishing for peace and strength for you. I hope you can find comfort in knowing what a source of inspiration you are for so many others. Yours and Amanda’s bravery in sharing your life shows love and dedication not seen enough in this world. God bless you Joe and thank you for the privilege of getting know now you.

  19. Reem says:

    You are truly an inspiring person. Thank you for this blog, I read it all the time. Your friends Nicole and Frank used to be my neighbors and they speak so highly of you. I lost my own daughter to cancer (lymphoma) 5 years ago. She never told us how much pain she was in, but we knew deep down that she was suffering. Thank you for putting into words what my daughter could not articulate. Please hang in there and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your precious family. May God bless you, give you healing and strength, and ease your pain!

  20. Sue Miller says:

    I’m so sorry keep praying to your dad. I know when your dad wants you he and god will come and take you home .love you god bless Susan

  21. Lori says:

    God Bless you, I’m going through stage 3 invasive breast cancer. My prayers to you and your family.

  22. Tammy Palladino says:

    Sending u love and prayers Joe. Xoxoox

  23. Jennifer says:

    I pray for you and your family and all of us stuck in this vicious, horrible, traumatic challenge. Faith, Hope and Love. Let’s hold on tight to each other, okay? I have stage 4 brain cancer – prognosis: 12-18 mos. I’ve survived 15 months. I’m scared, but less so knowing I have people as strong as I am: Joe Strong! 🙂

  24. Allison Castelli-Grant says:

    I’ve been following your blog through some great cheerleaders of you and your family. Kelly Novak and Cherise. I read your entries with a heavy heart, and can feel you and your wife’s incredible strength pour out of every word you write. May God continue to grant you and your family all the strength you both need each and every minute. Joe Strong

  25. You don’t know me, but I went to school with Tony Evans and he shares your posts. Know that I am praying for you and your family and hope that you get some relief from this horrible disease.

  26. Carly says:

    Sending prayers and love to you from Indiana <3

  27. Tim Granger says:

    Your story is very touching and inspiring. You have a deep down strength that fights and allows you to be who you are. I am selfish, I worry about my own problems, my issues, and my life. You brought me to a new level. I realized, although I’ve known, that there are people, lovely people who will have more strength, more fight, more desire that I will ever have. Your story certainly shines a light on things that we all need to focus on. Each other! Not me. I am a 26 year Emergency Medical Technician and Fire Lieutenant and I see pain, anguish, and despair every day. I see the end results of hard fighting heroes and warriors of cancer. Death is a destination that consumes our every thought, but you, death is looked at as just a step to another peaceful and pain free world that we all will be citizens of one day. I suppose, we all tend to look at our selves and worry about those day to day things. That is so wrong. I am sorry. I want to tell everyone reading this, I am so sorry for being so inward. I guess gang, after 26 years of working with cancer patients and patients of other horrible diseases, I guess I just put up wall and hope that one day it never strikes me. That’s normal I suppose. But it’s stories like yours that prove to me that there are people who’s sole job is to tear down walls and let the sunshine in. Thank you for sharing your sunshine. It’s a very welcome commodity. I sure wish that you may share your strength and sunshine with others. God bless you. I promise, you have opened many doors for many people to enter. I see my seat right over there, so I guess I will walk in and have a seat and wait on you to walk by and smile. Smiles share sunshine and I long for that right now.

  28. Marta Dusek Drejcek says:

    Dear Joey, our prayers are going out to you and your family. I am writing this with tears filling my eyes. I am praying for you and uncle Paul daily. One of these days my prayers will be heard.
    We love you. Marta(Paul’s sister)

  29. Alyse says:

    Many prayers to you and your family. It doesn’t matter if someone has it worse, this is a terrible battle you’re going through. Well be praying for you all daily!

    The Daccardo’s

  30. Kathy says:

    Joe hang in God is by your side in our prayers always Love Kevo and Kate

  31. Jeanne milan says:

    Praying for all of you every day.

  32. Danielle says:

    I don’t know you and you don’t know me but I want you to know that we have mutual friends and we all prayed for you and your family in our prayer group. Reading this today, reminded me to keep praying for you. I don’t understand God’s will, and I definitely don’t understand why the pain and suffering, but I do understand the power of prayer and I am praying for God to ease your pain. God Bless you and your family.

  33. I continue to pray for strength and courage. God’s plan I cannot alter but I do know He will care for all of you. My prayers will continue for all of you on this journey of Faith.

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  35. Mama E says:

    I love you Joe. I pray for your strength, comfort & peace. Mama E

  36. Michele says:

    Our young friend passed a few weeks ago from the same disease you have. I was trigger shy to share some of the info. I found about natural paths to take. This man’s story is inspiring and hopeful http://cancercompassalternateroute.com/testimonials-2/alan-taylor-heals-terminal-colon-cancer-with-alkaline-diet-and-supplements/

  37. Scott says:

    Joe, please share with us how we may help you and your beautiful family. All our love, hope and peace are surrounding you now and forever.

  38. Emily says:

    Thoughts and prayers to you all! You and Amanda are such an inspiration and Mira is lucky to have you as her parents!