Nick’s Greatest Wish: Share The Joy

It’s crazy how drastically things can change from hour to hour. Something goes sideways or in our favor and I think “I’ll need to update the blog on this.” But, just when I think I might have the time to do just that, the situation completely changes. To document it all would be a huge undertaking. One that I think, someday, I will attempt. But, for now, I just don’t have the time. So, when I started this post, I was going to write an update of where Nick is physically and where he is spiritually. Then, I realized that the physical side of it isn’t quite as important. To sum it up: Nick is dying, but he is 100% besides cancer. His young and strong body continues to push on but the cancer is growing fast and causing issues upon issues. (We’d like to remind you at this point that we are ALL dying and that we STILL believe in a God of the impossible. But, we also trust in His massive and amazingly intricate plan for Nick’s life.)

We have made so many hard decisions over the last two years. And, none of them have been made lightly. These decisions seem impossible, at first. How will we ever decide? Whether or not to get a controversial chemo surgery. Where to travel to get the surgery. Whether to start chemo. When to try naturopathic treatments. When to push for a second surgery. Where to get the second surgery. When to start chemo back up. When to call hospice. When to stop chemo for good. We pray, I research, we pray, I study, we pray, we weep, we pray, I read books upon books, we pray, I watch educational videos, we pray again and finally, somehow, God leads us. We end up taking steps forward on paths we never imagined we’d be taking. And, the craziest part is – we take these steps in COMPLETE confidence! It’s absolutely incredible the peace that God grants us with every new decision.

There’s a lot in my heart. A lot that I’ll want to share, at some point. We are facing another big decision and there are so many facets, so many angles. I don’t even know how I would being to explain. So, for now, I think I’ll share what’s on Nick’s heart, instead. I know it’ll be good for you and more enjoyable. And, honestly, it will be good for me too. Nick is so good at redirecting me to the big picture… And, this video does just that in a truly wonderful way.

You may have already seen it (the video below) from a link on our Facebook page or through a friend. But if you haven’t, I want to encourage you to watch it. Actually, not just encourage you, but ask you. People keep asking what they can do for us. Honestly, please keep praying and PLEASE, PLEASE share Nick’s story. Cancer is our tool to spread JOY and we want to swing with ALL our MIGHT.

This video is Nick’s testimony. This video is his heart. These are the words that he wants the world to know. I am so proud of my husband. Every time I tell him just how proud I am, he asks me why. And, he really seems to genuinely wonder. Honey, you have done SO much to help others. Your beautiful heart of gold shines through when you are going through the most intense battles that I have ever witnessed. You have always been so generous and full of life, but to see you hold onto your amazing character through so much suffering is something that will never cease to amaze me. You are my hero and I strive to be like you. To honor you. To share in this journey and share your goal; both of which lead to Jesus.

I ask now that you to join in this journey with us. Share your story. Share our story. We don’t care, just share the JOY that anyone can have in ANY situation. This world is full of hurt. Following Jesus does NOT mean that your life will be all rainbows and unicorn farts. It will be hard. You will have trials. You will struggle. You will wonder if He is even there… He is. Sometimes, it’s just hard to see through all the grime.

So, watch this. Rewatch this. Share this on your facebook page, in your google circles, through email, wherever. Then, when you are done, for extra measure: Re-share it… again.

One day, you will find that helping someone else is one of the greatest gifts you can receive. Because, one day, you too will finally realize that helping others is the ONLY thing that mattered all along.


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Comments

  1. Kay Miller says:

    Done! And, done again! God bless all of you! Thank you for sharing this all important message!! I am thankful for your wisdom and love!

    • Hope Potter says:

      Again…..you are both/all so amazing!!! Sharing HOPE and JOY with others is ALL there is to life. Life’s greatest purpose. Life’s greatest meaning. Thank you for sharing yourselves and your faith with all of us!!

  2. Therese Surges says:

    You know I’m a believer. Not only do I believe in God and the power of prayer, I believe that Nick and you were brought together for His purpose. I believe that Austyn will know her daddy as the man who gave such hope and joy to many who had a gigantic heart that God filled. I believe that pain and sadness pave our way into heaven and when He calls us, the angels truly do rejoice.

    I tell everyone I know about Nick and some of my family is following your story as well.

    May God bless you as He has been and may you continue to feel His grace as He prepares as very special place next to Him, for Nick.

    I love you Magnotti 3.

    • Mom says:

      Alyssa, my first born daughter…you never cease to amaze me! The way you can express yourself in words is truly a gift, among many from our LORD! I love you, Nick and baby Austyn more than any words could ever begin to convey! You guys are my biggest inspiration!!! You are fulfilling the purpose that God set forth before the beginning of time…and only HE knows how this amazing story will continue. Nick gets healed here or Nick gets healed THERE? Either way, with JESUS, We win!!! Either way too, Nick’s legacy will live on!!! Love, Love, Love you!!! <3

      • Tracy Woods says:

        This is my first time hearing your story, thanks to Michelle Harmon. I too love the Lord Jesus Christ and will now stand in the gap for you and your family. I love that you are doing videos for the future. Recently God laid it on my heart to write a “Scroll of Remembrance”, as the Israelites did in the OT, as a way to remember God’s faithfulness and how we’ve seen His mighty hand in our lives. I’m dedicating it to my 2 daughters, my one granddaughter and any other grandchildren which bless our clan in the future as a way to preserve God’s faithfulness and to share the “REASON OF HOPE” that I have because of Jesus Christ. I love you guys.

  3. Alex brainerd says:

    We all love you guys! Nick you are a shining light whenever I have a bad day with this cancer. I think to myself….I wish I had the strong faith that Nick and Alyssa have. Today was a great day… And one of the first things I did when I got home today was to let all of my PMP and SRC cancer friends know…. Because we need to hear the good as well as the bad. Thank you for sharing your lives with all of us.

  4. Kirsten says:

    I love the last line of your post. It reminds me of a picture book I read to my 4th graders last month called The Three Questions…a great read about how to live a meaningful life. I think about you every day and your strength amazes me, even though I don’t know you personally.

    -Kirsten

  5. Rianne says:

    Team Magnotti….know you touch others…..

  6. Gail Arakelian says:

    I love you all. You are helping to teach me about Faith and trusting in Him.

    God Bless you.

    ~Gail

  7. teresa freeburn says:

    dear alyssa and nick,

    i want you to know that i have been praying for you ever since i first heard about nick’s cancer through brenda dykgraaf, who is a good friend of mine. alyssa, i don’t know if you remember me, but i was one of your substitute teachers way back in elementary school and i know your mom-we spoke one sunday this summer in church. your little girl is a beautiful blessing and i hope you get to spend a lot more time with her nick. we can all pray for a miracle. God bless you all-happy thanksgiving and thank you for sharing your lives and your great faith with us. lovingly in christ. teresa freeburn

  8. Mary Lamonica says:

    Nick, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers today and always. You have taken a very difficult situation and made it a blessing. Your positive attitude in the face of such adversity is truly a beacon for us all. Thank you for sharing your lives, and your strength, with us all. God bless us, everyone.

  9. Sharon B says:

    Thank you for sharing some of your very intimate steps on this incredible journey. Both of your ability to be vulnerable, honest, and forthright..and still maintain some order with amazing grace. Your faith, convictions and trust is so strong and you both are a shining light in my life…thank you!

  10. Nora says:

    Nick, I will be lifting up you and your family in my daily prayers.

  11. Larry Snyder says:

    I am so proud of you three for sharing this so each of us may realize every moment we have together is so very important. Thank you!!

  12. Joe Gratzel says:

    Dear Nick –

    I am your cousin Erin’s pastor in Manasquan, New Jersey. The folks at First Baptist Church of Manasquan have been praying for you throughout your illness and will continue to do so in the days ahead.

    Thanks for sharing your story, and your faith through this video.

    As I preach on the themes of Advent this month – Hope, Love, Joy and Peace, I will be reminded of how you shared those themes in your story.

    May God bless you and your family in this holy season. May his grace sustain you and his love abound to you and through today and always.

    Yours in Christ,

    Pastor Joe Gratzel

  13. Kathryn Lawrence says:

    Alyssa,
    Is there a way to get this video emailed to me? A friend is sharing it with many and some of them aren’t on FB. She wants me to tell you that Nick’s love for the Lord and his testimony are going far and wide and touching many for the Savior. Loving you, Kathryn

  14. Joseph Guggino says:

    Wow Nick, an awesome testimony. I heard someone recently say that the world squeezes us to bring us to God, and then squeezes us to bring Jesus out in us – He’s all over you man.

    In King Lear, Shakespeare calls death “a serviceable villian.” I’ve always taken that to mean there is a unique service death and the specter of death can bring to those who look, those who seek, those who know that ultimately God is sovereign and that in everything He can be found. By the way, the only way I know that verse from King Lear is because it was in the end of the Beatles song “I am the Walrus.”

    I only met you recently at a wedding reception after I had already been moved to pray for you and was amazed at the grace you walk in. Interesting that it was a wedding reception for an amazing banquet awaits…

    I’m reminded of 2Chron 32: 21,23, where when all that could be done was done to no avail, “the Lord sent an angel…who saved.” This has been me and my wife’s prayer.

  15. Eleanor says:

    Love God.
    Love your neighbour.
    Yup: you are dojng the only 2 things that are important while we walk on this planet.
    yay!

    I hope the Oma quilt is part of you knowing that you 3 are l-o-v-e-d.
    hugs to all
    Cousin Eleanor

  16. Debra LaFiandra says:

    Thinking about you all daily and pray that there is peace in your heart and your love for God and each other continue to power you through each day. Hope and Prayers, DEBRA

  17. Debra LaFiandra says:

    You are all always in our prayers. May God continue to give you the strength to live with love and faith. The LaFiandra Family

  18. Nick says:

    I’m also a PMP fighter, and I just wanted to let you guys know that you are inspirational. I was raised with God, but have not been with him for a long time. I am still not, and don’t know if I will be, but your message in your video really, really touched me. Seeing the comfort, joy and friendship you guys have with God while going through the whole PMP ringer is really…, just…, … amazing. I haven’t been to church or spoken with a priest in maybe 20 years, but for the first time I am thinking about it. I won’t lie and say I will, but I will and can say that you guys have helped me, even while going through so much. All my best thoughts to you

  19. Jason says:

    I watched the video and read the blog. I prayed. I cried. I prayed some more and cried some more. This Christmas marked 7 years since Christ called a dear friend and family member home to his side after a long battle with cancer. And the emotions come flooding back. I can only imagine what you are feeling. I pray God gives you more time. I pray for peace, comfort, and joy. I pray that your legacy will make a difference in lives for Christ. I pray for a miracle. I know faith, hope, and love will endure. Be blessed.

  20. Teresa Wenta says:

    Nick, Alyssa and Austyn–Thank you for sharing your story of hope and faith. Your words may touch someone today, tomorrow, or even months or years from now–you never know. You all continue to be in my prayers…prayers of peace, prayers of comfort, prayers of joyful hope and anticipation. Normally, I’d end a note with “God Bless You”, but it’s so clear He already has! So I’ll just say “God continue to bless you!”

  21. Rob Gerdon says:

    Just prayed for you!

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  23. Leonel says:

    your story touched my heart, it was a special messenger of God, His light will shine beside the eternal God!
    Dios fue glorificado en la vida de este maravilloso hombre, su dolor fue convertido en bendicion … amen!

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