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A Long Journey of Thankfulness

Today is a very important day as we reflect back over the past few years. As you can see from previous posts, the decision to undertake the Gerson Therapy for a boy and a disease that little is known about was a big step of faith. Back in November  2011, when we came to realize that Sy’s case was so severe that his body was not responding to any of the traditional treatment, we were devastated. It was at that point God introduced us to the Gerson Therapy–which would require far more than we had to give. Since the decision to begin the therapy, here are a few stats that we find amazing…

Since beginning the therapy in 2012:

*Sy has consumed over 5,840 glasses of freshly made organic carrot or green juice

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*Over 2,000 pounds of produce have been washed, cut, slow cooked, and painstakingly milled to produce over 1,460 bowls of his special soup that he eats twice a day, every day

*We have spent over 4,000 (often late) hours in the kitchen preparing food, restocking produce, juicing, washing dishes, and maybe having a few good cries

*Sy has consumed over 850 bowls of plain cooked oatmeal for every breakfast

*He has also devoured over 1,000 pounds of granny smith apples (sometimes even the core)

*Sy has maintained an amazing attitude about this incredibly limited diet 99.9% of the time. He’s had a far better attitude than us and we were the ones eating and drinking pretty much whatever we wanted.

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Within this time, we also had another baby, made a MAJOR career change, an older child diagnosed with autism, and moved from our beautiful functional kitchen to having to do the therapy in an RV. The full therapy requires over 8 hours of prep a day and full-time outside help (that we were blessed to have for 2 months). In the beginning, we remembered being pregnant and completely overwhelmed as Jordan was gone almost 100 hours/week. How were we going to make this work? But God made it sooo obvious that this was the road we were to travel. We were blown away to have the juicer (essential for the therapy) show up on our doorstep. The Gerson training was booked solid and then the institute called us and last minute had 2 openings… And to prove it even more, the community around us stepped in financially and put on a 5K race. It was like each person who ran bought Sy a bag of carrots. Those runners literally helped sustain him–there are so many great races out there but each runner’s participation in this race impacted Sy personally. The amount raised should have lasted Sy about 12-15 months on the therapy but God helped us  to stretch it out to 22 months. It was unbelievable!

However, Gerson is not for the faint of heart. In our reflecting this morning, we remember those times of fighting feeling resentful, lonely, tired, frustrated and isolated. We know we haven’t been a great friend, son/daughter, brother/sister, or church leader because we’ve just been trying to cling to God and keep our family afloat. They warn during the Gerson training that you socially give up your life for 2-3 years. We couldn’t completely give it up for our sanity (and to keep some amount of normalcy for our other children) but it definitely was often more than we could bear. But God, in His perfect character, was always faithful and would just remind us to just put one foot in front of the other and continue walking the path. Although we were walking in complete darkness, we trusted Him for a glimmer of light somewhere.

Fast forward to 3 years to November 2014… We knew it was time to have another endoscopy for Sy. Beyond all of the medical stuff, we just knew it in our hearts it was time, especially since our resources were in the negative. A few days before his scope, we went publicly before our YWAM family and asked them to pray for our little boy. We were tired, he was tired, and we needed desperately to move on. They prayed for him in powerful ways we’ve not seen before. So powerful! Picture tons of people marching around Sy and calling out, “Yes He can, yes He can. Do it God! Do it God!” Plus there was a time of literally lifting Sy above their heads (crowd surfing) and praying as we touched him. It was like something you’d read about in the Bible. It will forever be a morning we will never ever forget. And we trusted… And we believed that this was the time for Sy. So a couple days later as I’m holding my boy’s hand in the OR, he giggles and then falls asleep grinning from ear and ear and I’m reminded how much he trusts that God is healing him.

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No mistake that on Thanksgiving week exactly three years after getting the devastating news, we get news that we have experienced a miracle of God right before our eyes. Keep in mind that God even orchestrated it so that Sy’s doctor from years at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital was moved down to Orlando so we could continue His care (and more importantly, undeniably prove God’s handiwork). With Sy’s EXTREME diagnosis of eosinophilic esophagitis and continual dead-end roads from before, our doctor stood before us and said these words:

“Whatever you are doing has worked; the data is there. His biopsy results are completely normal and I consider Sy in remission.”

(Remember, this is a disease currently without a cure and we have yet to find information on cases this extreme go into remission…)

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So what does this mean? Does this mean Sy will be taking a trip to Golden Corral soon? Sadly (or happily, I guess), no. Keep in mind that Sy was only eating less than 10% of the allowable foods on the Gerson Therapy due to his insane food allergies and keeping him closely monitored. Our goal is to now to add more Gerson approved foods as we work toward a realistic diet that will continue to keep him healthy. Where do we go after that? We will continue to pray and seek God and cross that bridge when we get to it.

For today, we are not celebrating just a simple medically-termed remission.

Today, on this day of giving thanks, we celebrate the fact that God has brought a powerful healing to Sy that can’t be explained away. We will raise a glass of carrot juice to toast His goodness.

(So for those of you who don’t believe in miracles, think again.)

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By |2015-03-09T10:19:29+00:00November 27th, 2014|Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), Gerson Therapy|21 Comments

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21 Comments

  1. Courtney McCormick November 27, 2014 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Aaahhhh!!!! This is such amazing news!!!!!! So grateful for miracles and how God loves us–and Sy!

    • Heather March 7, 2015 at 12:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks Court! Miss you!!!

  2. Dana Ciaramitaro November 28, 2014 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    I am filled with joy and thankfulness 🙂 God is so good!!!!

    • Heather March 7, 2015 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      Thanks Dana! Love you guys!!

  3. Linda Baker November 29, 2014 at 11:40 am - Reply

    In tears as I read this, alone catching up on my friends & family lives this holiday. Although I only heard about Sy thru Mosaic, I remember praying for him/your family. So touched by THE POWER of Jesus manifested so strongly in His people. Your faith, endurance & dying to self inspires me in my own illness. Thank you Hargers, you are loved!!!!

    • Jordan December 3, 2014 at 3:47 pm - Reply

      Hey Linda! Thanks so much for your comment. It has been quite a row to hoe with Sy, but it has been more than worth it. I am stopping right now to pray for you. You are loved as well!

  4. Robert Clark Jr December 1, 2014 at 10:30 am - Reply

    God is GOOD

    • Jordan December 3, 2014 at 3:47 pm - Reply

      AGREED! Thanks for commenting!

  5. kk December 4, 2014 at 7:42 am - Reply

    Isn’t anyone gonna thank the gerson therapy?

    • Jordan December 4, 2014 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      Absolutely! With all our previous posts about Gerson, we thought it what clear that are so thankful that God led our family to this therapy when we were at a dead end road. It is not an easy road, but it was totally worth it. We are reaching out to Gerson to update them personally and give them the great news! Thanks for your comment!

  6. Amanda Onken December 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    This is fantastic news!! Nicole from the Institute told me Jordan called to let us know Sy was in remission. I am so happy for him and your family and I commend you on your hard work and sticking to Gerson. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of his healing journey and lots of hugs from all of the employees here at the Gerson Institute. We are thrilled!

    • Jordan December 7, 2014 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      Hey Amanda! Thanks a ton for your comment. We are so grateful for the huge part you’ve played in Sy’s story. We look forward to talking with you more soon and continuing to share our Gerson success wherever we go!

  7. kelly January 16, 2015 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    I started the Gerson Therapy myself last year, and stumbled upon your blog looking for recipes. Beautiful story, congratulations on the best of news! peace and blessings to your family

    • Heather March 7, 2015 at 11:59 am - Reply

      Thanks so much for writing! Best of luck to you on your health journey Kelly!!

  8. Jessica February 12, 2015 at 11:29 am - Reply

    So beautiful. Moved me to tears. God has blessed you.

    • Heather March 7, 2015 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks for writing Jessica! We are so grateful!!

  9. Nicky Monteiro May 11, 2015 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your story. You are very brave and strong, and your story inspires me in many ways. I feel much in common with you as I used Gerson therapy for cancer treatment a few years ago, I am from South Africa and we are also thinking of moving into a caravan like yours, with our children, which is how I found your blog. Prayers and best wishes for Sy’s healing and all your adventures.

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  11. Margaret Straus July 16, 2015 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Hello you wonderful family. It was such a pleasure to meet you in March of 2013 with my mother Charlotte Gerson. You inspire all whose lives you touch and I am moved beyond words by Sy’s determination and recovery. You are the kind of people who make all our work worthwhile. Congratulations!

    • Heather June 11, 2016 at 11:29 am - Reply

      It was an honor to meet you and your mother! We are so thankful for the work of your family!! Sy is still drinking his juices. Would love to cross paths again some day!

  12. Gaby Nordson February 27, 2018 at 10:52 am - Reply

    I’m really inspired by you. I have a brother who is very sick, and I believe in nutritional therapy as well. Would it be possible to correspond via e-mail? Thank you, Gaby

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