Official Update On Joy And Our Baby

By August 1, 2010 37 Comments
photo by Cesar Altamirano

photo by Cesar Altamirano

I’m writing you from the hospital room we’ve been in since Thursday last week and I’m just trying to fight back the tears.  Before I go into detail about what is going on I have to first thank God for even blessing us with the opportunity to have a child on the way, and our family, friends, and even my fans you have all been so supportive.  Also, please keep in mind I will not be using all of the correct medical terminology and we are in AMAZING hands here at the hospital.  I’ll let them worry about the lingo.

The Story:

On Thursday (July 29th) afternoon during one of Joy’s pre-natal appointments they noticed our baby had an extremely high heart rate, which was also causing fluids to develop in places it should not.  They immediately rushed Joy to another hospital that was equipped to deal with this serious situation.  It’s serious because Joy is about 30 weeks pregnant and to save the baby at one point they were going to have to deliver early, which is now not the case.  This was all going on as I was getting ready to load in for the Walking Dreams event in Sacramento.

These amazing people that we call doctors and nurses have been saving our baby’s life.  Joy has been on 24 hour monitoring as they give her medications to help our baby, and like I said we’ve been at the hospital this whole time.  The good news is, they have been able to get the baby’s heart rate down for longer periods of time, and it’s been high for shorter amounts of time.  The bad news is it’s taking a toll on Joy, but she is seriously being so strong right now, and she is such a resilient person.

Like I said, thank you ALL for your prayers.  The chances of us losing are baby are still there, but less than when we arrived.  This is not easy to talk about.  Joy and I are normally pretty private about situations like this but I know we can use as many people going to God and asking him to intervene.

For those of you who were at the Walking Dreams premier I want to thank you for sharing that special night with myself and my whole crew.  It was really hard for me to be there and perform.  All I could think about was Joy and our little one.  Your energy and love helped me get through it and reminded me that Walking Dreams is the journey, this is it.  I had to take off as soon as I could after the event and have been by Joy’s side since.

I just want to leave you all with this.  We are in the best hands here at the hospital, our family and friends are checking in constantly, and Joy is fighting so hard and I know we will get through this.  When it’s all done the only thing we’ll have to say is PRAISE GOD!



  • katie says:

    Joy and you are so strong — i know you will get through this. all our prayers are with you.

  • Dear David. I am so sorry to learn about your little baby’s heart rate but it is great news that the hospital have lowered it. I am sure you are in very safe hands. You, Joy and your baby are in my thoughts and prayers and many thousands of other people too I am sure. God bless. Love Mo xx

  • Dale Mancillas says:

    David, I love you and Joy soooo much! I am carrying the three of you in my heart constantly and my spirit is heavy with cries to the Father who alone knows all and is able to sustain you. Thank you for considering us in this most difficult time. You are truly a kind and compassionate man that draws his strength from the LORD. Please hug Joy for me and I will stay tuned for more posts!

  • Amy Bowen says:

    I lift my eyes up to the hills-
    Where does my help come from?
    My help comes from the Lord.
    The Maker of Heaven and Earth

    David, The Lord is right by your and Joy’s side.

  • Gina says:

    I will continue to send prayers and positive thoughts to your family! Best wishes for a healthy family!

  • Nacole says:

    You both are truly an inspiration. My prayers are to all three of you. God will see you through, and will be there always.

  • Dave says:

    Wishing you all the best from down under – the thoughts of everyone at changelabs are with you at this difficult time.

  • kim says:

    God bless you and your family!!!!!…I will say a prayer.

  • Sherry Scott says:

    Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. In a truly trying time such as this it is easy to let despair take over but you are truly an inspirational person overall and that and your obvious love for your family will take you through this journey. I have seen several of your performances and recently heard your story at my daughter’s senior lunch and your energy at accomplishing what matters shines.

  • Debbie Szumylo says:

    David and Joy
    I lost a baby at 14 weeks and can understand your fears and feeling of unease. I pray that God will help you find the strength to get through this (heck, on the bright side, he’s already given you each other). It sounds like Joy and baby are in great hands. Hang in there and keep faith in the fact that you have an outstanding medical team watching over you, as well as the prayers and support of so many people. Thank you for keeping us up to date on your very personal journey. God bless and thinking of you.
    Debbie Szumylo

  • KC Moore says:

    I’m with you and sending it to others, I believe this will be a healthy mother and child.

  • Peggy & Sarah Heer says:

    Our hearts and prayers are with you. Stay strong. I beleieve everything will turn out …praying for that.

  • Jean Moss says:

    Dear David stay positive my friend ….our prayers are with you, Joy and the new baby …you are such a wonderful husband and you will be an excellent daddy I am sure !!!

  • Denise says:

    David, Joy and baby due Garibaldi, we pray that all will be so that your new family member meets you in 10 weeks with abundant joy and happiness.

    You’re where you need to be right now, your professionals are doing their amazing work, muster all your strength for all three of you.

    God bless you Joy, David and Baby.

    Love Denise, Mike and children

  • Catrina says:

    I don’t know you, but my and my husband prayed, hope your little one says in there till it is the proper time. Pray that Joy will be strong and allow God’s strength to flow through her. Praise God for Doctors and nurses!!! Will be praying this week as well!!!!

  • Michael says:


    From all of us down here at ChangeLabs, our thoughts are with both yourself and Joy. We are all thinking of you and wishing you the best!


  • A says:

    God is with you & your family during this difficult time. While it is so hard to understand why things happen please know He is with you, Joy, & your little Blessed Baby right now! My prayers are with you now as you deal with this difficult time. God Bless!

  • Vicky Visconti says:

    I just logged onto Facebook for the first time in ages and saw your Moms post and followed the links to your website. I will be praying for you and Joy and baby. God is real, prayers are powerful. I have personal experience in the last year how prayer and friends agreeing in prayer can move mountains. I will pray your mountain is moved and becomes a harmless little hill! Keep the faith.

  • C~low says:

    Stay strong and positive. Our thoughts and prayers are with all 3 of you…

  • Michelle Rezentes says:

    We are praying for you guys!

    Michelle Rezentes & Family

  • God knows your pain, keep crying out to Him, I am asking that the Holy Spirit fill Joy with renewed strength & continues to pour energy and rest into you.
    You have such a loving family, it is comforting to know you are well supported.
    Thank you for your update. warmly with prayers Dianne

  • Jen I says:

    I am currently 32 weeks pregnant, and know how gut-wrenching these times can be. I, myself, was just recently recently released from the hospital for monitoring of the little one. It is such a fragile time, especially when time is so close. I pray for you, Joy and the baby and hope for a safe and healthy delivery. You will be in our thoughts these next few weeks!

  • Goldie says:

    You are all in my thoughts. Take care.

  • Chereese says:

    Prayers are forthcoming and will continue without cease. Our God is a mighty God of wonders, miracles and healing. Continue your walk and faith in God. He and his Angels are touching you, Joy and your baby.

  • Mary Vecchione says:

    A real friend warms you by his presence, trusts you with his secrets, and remembers you in his prayers.
    David and Joy we hope and pray that you…your wife…and your little one will soon be a family that is safe and sound snuggled in at home….I will love the light for it shows me the way. Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.

  • Becki b says:

    David,Joy,and beloved child,all my prayers go out to give you all the strenth,love,blessings that everyday will get better and all will be blessed with all the lords prayers and bring loving baby’s heartrate back to normal and soon have your family of three!!! god bless you three!

  • Shari Beasley says:

    Dear David, Joy, and Baby,
    God is near and He does hear your prayers and our prayers. God is the ultimate Healer. You and your baby are safe in God’s hands. We all look forward to hearing the Good News, the announcement of your beautiful baby’s birth. Trust and believe that what God has brought you to, God will bring you all through!! You all remain in our prayers.
    Love, Shari and Dennis Beasley

    Psalm 34 (New International Version)

    17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.

    18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

    19 A righteous man may have many troubles,
    but the LORD delivers him from them all;

  • Erin Peterson says:

    David for as long as I’ve known you you have always been a private person, very humble, and full of love and joy. I know it must have taken a lot to share this information. Stay strong- Wilson and myself are glad to hear everything is okay. You, Joy, and the baby are in our thoughts and prayers. There is nothing like a mothers love and strength and I hope and pray Joy stays strong and healthy. Please pass our love and prayers to her and the baby along with the rest of your family. God Bless!

  • Jimmy Barker says:

    Bro… call me for anything at all. We are here for you guys!!!

  • Dave Weiss says:

    Hi David,
    I often send you little notes about the art stuff on Facebook but today I just want to write you letting you know that you, your wife and your baby are in my prayers and I will share your need for prayer with the church I pastor as well. You have been an inspiration to me for years. If there is anything I can do for you, let me know.
    God bless,

  • Linda Losey says:

    Lord,Thank you for your love, guidance and strength! I ask that you would continue to pour out your healing touch on David, Joy and this precious life you have created. Be with them and their doctors and all who are touched during this trial.

  • I’m not a Facebook person and only check in a couple of times a week. It’s Monday morning, August 2, and I just followed the link to your page. You guys are in my prayers and I will spread the word for more prayer to those who may not know of your situation.
    Through all of this remember that God is good ALL THE TIME!
    I’ll be checking Facebook every day hoping and praying for the news that your little boy is getting better.

  • Anne Alcon says:

    Still praying for you, Joy & the baby David. Hope all is well. Stay strong and in high spirits. She’ll be that much stronger knowing you are being strong as well. Continue to pray. Our God is a good God and He will heal your baby 110%. God bless, Anne & Fred

  • David Greitzer says:

    10,000 strong at Sherwin Williams rooting for you three!

  • Scott says:

    “However long the night, the dawn will break.”
    Stay strong…best wishes to you all.

  • Susan says:

    Prayer is powerful.. My prayers are with you and the baby.

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