The C Word

Cancer. 

I’m in a nightmare and want to wake up. 

Neuroblastoma in her liver and adrenal glands. Biopsy and more testing to come. Definitive answers Friday or Monday. 

Jordan and I are completely devastated, but we move forward. We have attacked the nurses and doctors with questions and they have been phenomenal. They are truly Angels from above. 

Thank you for the love and prayers, calls and texts. We have heard them, read them and found comfort in them. 

Cancer is a word you never want to hear in the same sentence as your child’s name. But this is our journey. Marjorie’s journey. We keep our faith, attempt to stay positive. I just keep telling Marjorie that she will walk down the aisle with her daddy. 

Our girl has proved once that miracles happen and prayers work and damn it she will do it again. 

  

107 thoughts on “The C Word

  1. asarbenz says:

    I can’t imagine what you are going through but know that prayer is a wonderful thing and I will continue to pray for your baby as well as strength for you and your family through these trying times.

  2. Anna McKay says:

    McCall, it breaks my heart to hear this. I know Marjorie is a fighter, and anything she faces she can handle and conquer. She has two amazing parents, and an amazing mother who has clearly passed down her fighting genes. Sending all the prayers, love, and comfort my heart can send your way.

    She is clothed with strength and dignity,
    and she laughs without fear of the future.

    Proverbs 31:25

  3. Chrisann says:

    I found your blog as it was shared. I’m praying for you and your sweet baby! May The Lord provide peace and guidance in the days ahead.

  4. chelseaagent611 says:

    My heart breaks for your family. My best friend had neuroblastoma as well, this really hits a cord with me. We hated the C-word as kids and I hate it more as an adult. Praying for peace, healing, and 100% remission and eradication of the c-word. Marjorie will be a testimony to your family, friends, and readers of God’s faithfulness, healing powers, and your family’s strength and love.

  5. Mary McCarthy says:

    I am so sorry for you. I know just how you feel as I also heard the “C” with my precious daughter. Miracles do happen and I will pray you get another one. My daughter was given a slim chance of surviving and she is now finishing up an internship as a child life specialist. You, you husband and your darling son are in my prayers daily.

  6. chelseaagent611 says:

    My heart is aching for you guys. My best friend had neuroblastoma, and we hated the c-word and called it just that. I pray for 100% remission and eradication of all signs of the c-word, and I pray she is pain free. Marjorie’s story will be a testimony of God’s healing powers as the great physician, his faithfulness and your family’s strength.

  7. breakmysilence says:

    My heart is breaking for you, Jordan, Manning and Marjorie. I just couldn’t help smiling when I saw the picture of her sitting up with all those monitors on her belly, still looking so bubbly and sweet. Keep faith McCall, I’m always here for you.

  8. Kathy Kliebert says:

    My heart hurts for your baby and your whole family. I had two dreams of Majorie last night – one was of her today and I was holding her and she was smiling – in the second dream she was four years old (she had blond hair cut in a bob with bangs) and she was laughing and telling me about her friends at school. I will be praying for you all – I am confident Miraculous Majorie will continue to be miraculous – my cousin’s daughter had the same cancer when she was two and she just graduated college with honors – keep the faith!

  9. shermo says:

    I am not sure how I stumbled upon your story (I am going to believe it was God). I am praying for each of you as my heart breaks – I cannot imagine what you are going through. With love from Michigan. – Sheryl

  10. Pat Yancey says:

    McCall, you do not know me, but I know your mother from RCIA at St. George. I remember you as a child in church with your parents. I continue to see them in church. I have followed Marjorie’s journey and she is truly your miracle. God did not bring her to this point in her young life without a purpose. She has beat all the odds once and she will bet them again. God has great plans for her and he will carry her through this. I am sorry your family is face with this horrible journey and I have been praying for all of you all day and will continue to do so. Sending positive thoughts and prayers to you nd your precious little girl, fondly, Earl and Pat Yancey

  11. Kerry says:

    I do not know your family, but I know God and I am praying to him now. I will continue those prayers. Precious baby!!!

  12. Stacey Uebersax Phillips says:

    As an eating d/o therapist, I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog. Reading your post just now took my breath away. My heart aches for everyone. You all will be in my prayers and I will look forward to reading about the day you will celebrate Marjorie’s full recovery 😊

  13. Nancy says:

    You do not know me but I am sending up so many prayers right now. Your whole family is so loved all over. I have been following your posts from the beginning. We must have a mutual friend who shared your story with me. I have fallen in love with all of you and my heart is wounded but I serve a wonderful Lord and Savior who loves your little one more than you do.

  14. Mike knight says:

    I am so sorry. She is in our prayers. Stay strong and know people you do not really even know are praying for your little angel. I am Gary’s cousin in Indaiana.

  15. Bobby Youdale says:

    She is such a beautiful girl.

    Keep fighting. Our thoughts, prayers and energies are with you. Lots of love. The Youdales

  16. Ashley Clark says:

    My heart breaks for you and I cannot get you off of my mind. I will be praying for you every step of the way. You are not alone!

    Ashley Twiford Clark

  17. Brenda Guy says:

    Dearest McCall and Jordan please know that we are praying for you and Marjorie fervently and will continue to pray that God in His power and mercy will heal your sweet child
    And that no matter the circumstance he will strengthen you and bless you and your family
    You have many prayer warriors out there. be strong!!! With God all things are possible!!
    Brenda guy

  18. Paige Strange says:

    We don’t know each other, but my sons go to Wesley Academy and we have many mutual friends who have shared your blog posts on FB the last couple of days.
    I cannot imagine what you are going through and my heart is just broken. I don’t understand why little babies are chosen to endure so much.
    Prayers for your family and for Marjorie.

  19. Solange Isaac says:

    I’m so sorry for all this right now. I wish I can explain myself better in English, but I do can pray for you, and your family. I look for info about what you said and found this:
    With treatment, many children with neuroblastoma have a good chance of surviving. In general, neuroblastoma has a better outcome if the cancer hasn’t spread or if the child is younger than 1 year old when it’s diagnosed.
    Marjorie is so strong, she is going to be ok. Big hug for you 💕

  20. Angelique Newsom says:

    Lots of knowledge is so much to digest!. Especially…went it is it is your child! .
    But the key is diagnosis….treatment…and outcome. Like a nursing Care plan and options. The tests and labs will tell us what and then parents can dedice. Ultimately…the baby has to take the therapy and see how she performs. Love to all of you!!! Sickness is aweful for God is mighty!!!!I am praying for Marjorie to be a fighter! God Bless!! Daily!!!!

  21. Kendall says:

    I just spent 30 mins reading about your journey with Miracle Marjorie. I am praying for you and your family, and will continue to pray for her–she is a fighter!!!!!!!!!

  22. Andrea Fellhoelter says:

    Please let me say how deeply sorry I am that your little girl is facing this beast. I am on the board of a neuroblastoma foundation that offers a community, a president and founder who has walked in your shoes and mothers and fathers that can answer most questions. If you are feeling strong enough please email me or Gen Chamblee, the foundation’s president and mother to Sierra Rayn Chamblee who was diagnosed at 1 1/2. All our emails our on the website. Many blessings to you and your beautiful, amazing little girl.
    -Andrea Fellhoelter

  23. Mary Leonberger says:

    Praying for God’s healing hands to touch your sweet angel baby. Remove the cancer from her body so she can grow up to be a mighty servant for him with her testimony of healing. May God bless your family with the strength and patience needed during this time. Amen!!
    Leonbergers

  24. Taylor says:

    I have looked up to you since Green Cove and continued to follow you throughout Southern Smash and Miraculous Marjory journies. You are such an inspiration through all you have overcome. I will continue to follow your bravery into your next journey. Sending prayers to the Dempsey family and especially to sweet Marjorie ❤

  25. carol slye says:

    You all are on my heart and in my prayers!!!!! Your precious baby girl is surrounded in prayers and our Lord and Savior is with you all. I will share to spread the word!!!👆👆👆

  26. Alice Smith says:

    My heart breaks for you but prayer works I will add Marjorie and you & your family to my prayers! Keep a positive attitude God is in control lean on him when you think you have no where to go! God is what got me through! ❤

  27. Katie says:

    If the Lord brings you it, HE will bring you through it. She will not only overcome this disease, but it will serve as a stepping stone to her greatness in life. I just know it.
    Prayers for you and Marjorie and your family, and in particular for the doctors that will work so steadfastly to cure her.

  28. Joanne Cowgill says:

    McCall – I replied to one of your earlier posts today and told you that our grandson had had cancer and was FINE today. It was neuroblastoma. The survival rate is so much higher even today. Also, children under the age of 1 have a higher survival rate. We will definitely be in prayer for you. I am forwarding your story to my daughter, Patrick’s mom. I know she will reach out to y’all. She wants one day to be a patient/family advocate for families with children with catastrophic diseases. Check out the caringbridge.org site, as well as colespages.org. Both are excellent websites to keep family and friends updated. Prayers to all of you for God to wrap you in his arms. PRAYER WORKS!!!

  29. Nell Knox says:

    McCall you do not know me but I know your story from Green Cove friends and I have follow Marjorie’s journey from the beginning. My heart breaks for you and just know that my family and I have your whole family in our prayers.

  30. Debbie Dougherty says:

    Your precious baby and family have been put on our prayer warrior list here in Baton Rouge. This is a powerful group of diligent
    Warriors and your baby’s name will ring through the streets of heaven until we hear from you and you direct our prayers.
    Almighty God hears our plea. We stand on His love and grace.

  31. Debbie Thrash says:

    Your sweet little Majorie is in our prayers and on our heart …. Prayers for your family and the medical team … Our God is Good and will see you thru this time …. Please know that people everywhere are lifting you all up in prayer each and every minute … Prayer does work !
    Debbie Thrash ( Leslie Thrash Hensons mom )

  32. Heather says:

    God bless your sweet child!! I pray for your baby to beat her Cancer and come out stronger as the days go by. Also I pray for you and your husband to have the strength you need in the days to come!!

  33. Margaret Culbertson says:

    I add my prayers to those who are lifting precious Marjorie up to our loving and gracious Lord Jesus and ask that all of your family be comforted and sustained and healed through his wonderful mercy.

  34. Jeanette Womack says:

    I am praying for complete healing for this precious baby girl. All things are possible through God. He is good, all the time.

  35. Melanie says:

    (Excuse my english, i am a french canadian)

    You have been in my head all the day. Thinking about your family.
    I didnt go to church and i am rarely prayed, today i pray , i pray for your little girl and i will go to church burnig a light for her.

  36. Molly Michaelson Truesdale says:

    McCall,
    I found your blog yesterday and began to read about your journey, Marjorie’s journey and now this heartbreaking news. You have been on my mind literally all night. As I’ve washed dishes I’ve prayed for you, for Jordan and your beautiful baby girl. While there are no words that can speak to the pain and anguish you are walking through, please know I am lifting up your family in prayer and will continue to do so. My prayer is for healing for Marjorie and that you would literally be carried through this time.
    Sincerely,
    Molly Michaelson Truesdale

    • Lanette says:

      Prayers for your sweet baby girl and your family.

      My great niece was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at 7 months. She turned 2 in April and is cancer free.

      God bless you all,

      Lanette

  37. Cindy hendley says:

    Praying boldly for complete and total healing for sweet baby Marjorie! 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.”

  38. Darla McGuire says:

    My son was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was 2 months old. He is now 21 will be 22 in july. Don’t loose faith, just keep swimming…there is hope, my son is living proof!!!! Good luck, praying for your family and your sweet, sweet baby!!!

  39. Rose Marie Fife says:

    McCall and Jordan,
    I followed your journey when Marjorie was born. You were all very strong and Marjorie grew and developed into a beautiful baby girl!! I have enjoyed seeing her playing with her big brother and her cousins, grand-parents and friends.
    God is on your side still and there are so many people praying for you that I know you can feel the power of prayer in your veins. You can’t imagine how many lives you are touching with your posts. We all love you and hope that little Marjorie can soon be back home and playing again with all that so adore her!!!
    Love and prayers,
    Rose Marie

  40. julia says:

    came across your story and I just wanted to tell you that you and your husband are an absolute inspiration of strength and grace. I will be thinking of you and beautiful baby Marjorie constantly.

  41. Lillian says:

    I have seen your posts through a friends facebook page since your water broke when you were just 25 weeks pregnant. I am currently in nursing school and for some reason felt a calling to follow up on Marjorie’s progress. I think you and your daughter inspired me to help Mamas and little ones once I graduate. I do not know you personally but empathize with the long road you and your husband have faced in the past and the present. I pray so hard to the Lord that he wraps you all in his strength and grace throughout this time. There is no doubt you are strong parents and that your baby girl has the strength, stubbornness, and will to fight once again. May the Lord keep you in the palm of his hand.

  42. heidi locicero says:

    “With God all things are possible.” Covering your sweet daughter, Marjorie in prayer again tonight. Your faith and positive attitude will carry her through the hard times. Her name is being added to our church prayer list. Tell Miraculous Marjorie that she has a whole church family in Florida praying for healing.

  43. Teri says:

    I started to follow your thoughts and posts as we have many friends in common. Your story with Marjorie touched my soul. I have a “miracle” baby. I LOVE seeing her grow so big (she truly looks so much like you). I can’t possibly imagine the world you are living in at this moment. I have no words, and I imagine that you have some many words, feelings, anger, and questions. I am praying for you, your sweet baby girl. and your family. Life is filled with so many obstacles and I know she will make it through this and so will you. Hugs and Kisses from Teri and Baby Turner!

  44. tarasalsman says:

    I have followed yours and Marjorie’s life through our mutual friend Nicole Kersh. I was so thrilled when she left the NICU, and I’ll be honest that I hadn’t kept up with your blog since. But seeing this is like a punch in the stomach. I can’t imagine your fear and pain at this news. I am sending up every good and happy thought I have for your family!!

  45. Jessica says:

    Praying for you all! I met you at a bday party this year which both of our 3 yr old boys attended. Please know your preschool family @ Wesley is praying for you all and is here to help in any way.
    Lifting you up,
    Oswald Family (Trip’s mom)

  46. Lisa says:

    I came across your blog on facebook….babies and cancer are two words that shouldn’t go together. My son was 6 months old when he was diagnosed with stage IV Neuroblastoma with an amplified gene that made it particularly aggressive. They told us to be happy if he made it to kindergarten. He is now finishing up 4th grade and has remained in remission. Neuroblastoma is a beast. I will keep your family in my prayers. Prayers for recovery. prayers that she is stage 3 or 4s which is highly curable. Prayers for you as I know the anxiety and stress that comes with cancer. If you ever want to talk to someone who has been there, please let me know. It helps to have support. God Bless

  47. Amy says:

    I am devastated for you. I live in Baton Rouge, and we have many mutual friends – that’s how I came across your FB page. There is not much I can offer up to you at this point except for a Bible verse that keeps me going daily. Hebrews 11:1 reads (paraphrasing) – Faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see. You are so right when you say this is your journey, Marjorie’s journey, which means you must lean on your Faith in the strongest way possible from this point on. I will continue to pray for you and your family daily.

  48. Carrie Willard says:

    I am so, so sorry. You guys have been in my thoughts and prayers. You were an inspiration to me after my baby was born, also at 27 weeks, after pPROM. I pray that Marjorie overcomes this and that your family come through it stronger.

  49. Christina@LoveYourselfHealthy says:

    Oh gosh, I can’t even begin to imagine what you must be going through right now. Our God is a mighty God, and even though we don’t understand why, know that He’s got this. Praying for Marjorie and all involved, that you might find peace during this time of distress and uncertainty.

  50. Jane says:

    Hey McCall,

    My name is Jane Lloyd brown and I am from Baton Rouge. My family is friends with the barksdales and I saw your story shared on coach Eddie cole’s Facebook. I work in fundraising at St. Jude in Memphis, and if there’s anything I can do to connect you to a doctor there please let me know. Please know that there are researchers studying around the clock to find cures and save children and Marjorie is not without hope. Prayers for yall!

  51. Shelley Mockler says:

    Woke up throughout the night thinking about you.

    Praying for Marjorie…the sweet miracle she already is. Praying for you and Jordan.

    Love you girl….deep breaths…let’s beat this!

  52. Miranda says:

    You and Marjorie have been on my mind. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and this beautiful miracle baby Marjorie Mims Dempsey. Much love to you all.

  53. Tiffany says:

    I am truly sorry to see your family going through such hardship… Again. My prayers for her swift treatment and recovery.
    Dr Wells

  54. Harriet Jones says:

    Sweet McCall .. I’m Lexie and Emily’s friend and Bible Study leader – just wanted you to know that a large group of women and men are praying Psalm 91 over Baby Marjorie … We will continue to stand in the gap with your family during this wait🙏…. Love, Harriet Jones

  55. Alicia says:

    McCall,

    I know you through our husbands working together and have met you only a handful of times. Every time we left your house I would always tell Dwight “she is so sweet.” We have prayed for Marjorie and your family since she was born and will continue to pray for all of you through this journey as well. I cried when I read you post but I know that you and your family are as strong as they come…Marjorie will beat this!

    Alicia Siears

  56. Allyson Anding says:

    Hey guys! I saw your story on Facebook and wanted you to know that me and my family are praying for y’all. I was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at 3 mos, was treated at St. Jude in Memphis (highly recommend!), and am now 34 and doing cancer research with a healthy little girl of my own due in August. I know that this has to be the scariest thing in the world for y’all so if you ever need someone to talk to with a little experience with this (especially the long-term survivor details) I’d be happy to talk! My email is allyson.anding@gmail.com. Sending much love and happy thoughts your way, Allyson Anding

    • Joanne Thompson Cowgill says:

      Hi Allyson – My grandson, Patrick Diamond, is 6-months from becoming a neuroblastoma cancer survivor rather than patient! When he was diagnosed at 21 months with stage 4, high risk, your story was one of the first that I heard – I know your parents well from Broadmoor UMC!!! Awesome to see you reach out to a mom!

  57. Elizabeth S. says:

    I began following your FB page, Southern Smash, when Shea shared a post from it. She and I worked briefly together in Charlotte, NC. There’s nothing I can say other than I will be praying for your family.

  58. Megan says:

    A friend of mines son was born with neuroblastoma in his brain. He was strong like Marjorie and beat it and is now cancer free. Marjorie will do the same. So many thoughts and prayers to you guys.

  59. Sarah Lomax Gray says:

    sweet McCall – marjorie will be in my every thought and prayer. God has his hands on you and your family and will help you through this too. praying that the doctors have nothing but good news and that sweet marjorie will giggle her way through this. she is miraculous – this we know! love and blessings.
    Sarah Lomax Gray

  60. longanecker2 says:

    Found you randomly on Instagram and have been following since Marjorie’s early debute. Y’all have been in my prayers and will continue to be. My husband and I live in Texas. We’ve been married less than 2 years and lost our first child during pregnancy last summer. My hearts still aches but I know God has a plan. I would love to take a moment and just pray for y’all 🙂

    Dear Heavenly Father,

    Thank you for the miracles you work every moment of every day. You are our savior. Thank you for saving Marjorie and blessing her entire family tenfold. We know you have a plan to prosper each of us (Jeremiah 29:11) and we trust Your Will Lord. Your way is better than ours, always. We can endure all things through Christ who gives us strength (Phil. 4:13). You are the ultimate healer and protector. We love you so much Lord. We lift Marjorie up to you and pray Psalm 91 over her. Lord guide every caretaker that works with Marjorie, give them wisdom (James 1:5). We thank you Lord for healing Marjorie’s body right now in the name, power and blood of Jesus. You are bigger than all of this and we trust you. Thank you for saving sweet Marjorie and protecting the entire family with your guardian angels. Lord thank you for never leaving or forsaking us (Deut. 31:6). We need you every moment of every day. We love you and pray all of this in your Son’s Holy name, Amen.

    Much love from Texas,

    Sarah

  61. Christina Davis says:

    I know of a beautiful, Godly woman named Dabney who is a cancer survivor and is now awaiting open heart surgery. She wrote a book called “When God Intervenes”. My heart tells me it may touch you during this time. She also has a great blog. Dabney Hedergard is her full name.

    1 Peter 5:8-11 (MSG)

    “Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.”

    Romans 8:26-28 (MSG)

    “Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

    As a mom of two young girls, my heart is breaking but there is a greater purpose to all of this and I sense you know that.
    Cancer, disease, heartbreak…those are the devil’s work. God is greater than ANY of it.

  62. K says:

    Your family and your precious baby are in my thoughts and prayers. I am here in Jacksonville, and received your post through our Women’s Board for the Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital. Please know we are praying for you, and sending the prayers around the globe. k

  63. Michelle says:

    Praying for your family! If you have a moment check out jessicabensten.com. This is a friend of mine, her son was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at 13 months, he is now 7 1/2, and her daughter was born at 25 weeks. Her blog is amazing.

  64. margaret ann says:

    God only gives these types of obstacles to people he knows are strong enough to carry the burden and find the hope
    Sending love and happy thoughts yalls way

  65. lamarswife3 says:

    Prayers for y’all, my son was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at 6 months old, he is now 10 years old and doing great. Don’t give up and keep a positive outlook. Never cease praying, it works and calms your fears.

  66. Cherie says:

    I know exactly how you feel. My daughter Margaux was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma Stage 4s at 5 months old. It is surreal, terrifying, stressful, heartbreaking, etc. And that just scratches the surface. But know you can get through this situation. I will keep Marjorie and your family in my constant thoughts and prayers. From what I have read, I know she is a fighter!

  67. Anna Dempsey says:

    Prayers for you all!

    I have stumbled across your blog and wanted you to know you are all so loved and prayed for! My best friends little girl seemingly was just diagnosed with the same devastating news. Same down to the adrenal glands. The journey will be tough, but one thing to know is the Lord is with you all through it all!

  68. Erin Larroquette says:

    I went to St. Joseph’s Academy and I came across a post about your little girl. She is simply beautiful and breathtaking! I am so sorry and sad to hear about the diagnosis. I cannot imagine how much strength it takes to hear such news about your child and still have to function day to day. But I will keep her in my prayers everyday. She is a beautiful strong girl!

  69. Katie says:

    Please know our family is praying for your precious baby girl. We pray you all have the strength and faith to fight this, and we pray for Marjorie’s healing, strength, and happiness.

  70. TheSouthernReaf says:

    i don’t know where you hale from and I just stumbled across your blog, but if you aren’t already here, bring her to Memphis! There is no where in the world like St Jude Cancer Hospital for Children. If anyone can save her, if u want to give her the best shot at recovery, it will be at St Jude… They are the best at what they do! Prayers for your sweet family and precious child.

    • Joanne Cowgill says:

      While I agree with The Southern Reaf that St. Jude is an absolutely magnanimous place – they saved my grandson – I know that absolutely wonderful medical institutions are all around us. And I know how very important family/friend support can be. Stay where you are. St. Jude shares ALL strides they make in childhood cancer research and discovery. I am certain that Wolfson knows all the current treatment protocols and will give your precious Marjorie THE BEST there is in treatment for neuroblastoma.

  71. Arthur and Rachel Killough says:

    our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.Please keep us posted on Margories condition.

  72. amy says:

    God bless your family. God will carry you… just ask! I will pray for your strength as well as hers! Goodness will prevail!

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