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Chase’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most. Your thoughts and prayers are so appreciated. We have wonderful doctors and nurses here and with God on our team, we are ready to compete in the biggest game of Chase's life!

Game On!

Chase's story began about a week before Thanksgiving when he was complaining that his lips were numb, jaw was sore and teeth hurt, all at just random times, no triggers or anything. So he went to the dentist first for ex-rays, looking for a cavity or abscess. Then he went to the orthodontist. Next we made a stop at the local clinic and thought his sinuses were causing the discomfort. All this in a period of 4 weeks, while he was attending classes at DSU and preparing for finals. When he came home after finals, the local PA took another look at him and found a large mass of lymph nodes on his neck,and a small one on his cheek, and behind his ear. This got the ball rolling with a trip to DeSmet for blood work, a stop at the Brookings ER and here we are at Sanford Children's Hospital diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. (ALL)

Game On Team Chase!

Latest Journal Update

Tuesday, home with results

Chase was dismissed from the hospital this afternoon, even with an ANC of 465, but we have all the results. The final result for the bone marrow and spinal fluid was negative for T-Cell Leukemia! Praise God for such good news. Chase does have two viral issues (CMV and EBV) and fungal growth in his sinuses. He is resolving the viral symptoms on his own so far. The fungus will need medication for a long time. All will be monitored closely with his blood work. Thursday he has a clinic visit and chemo. Catching up on homework at DSU will come when he gains back some strength. The doctors and nurses are top notch at the Castle. It was surprising how many of the nurses remembered being his nurse in the past. We are very grateful for the wonderful care they gave Chase.

Again, we thank God for answered prayers and for all of you sticking with us through the highs and lows of this journey. We will keep running this race against cancer with endurance and steady faith.

Game On
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Nadine Nielsen
We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers Chase!!! You are young, strong and very determined so fight that fungus & viral issues hard.. you can do it!!
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Truus Schukking
By Truus Schukking
Home sweet home. We hope you'll overcome all the obstacles. May next week's Spring weather will help you to recover. Game On, Chase!
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Jeanne Timmons
By Jeanne Timmons
Wonderful news!!! Thoughts and prayers to all of you.
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Laurie Parsons
By Laurie Parsons
YES!!! That's what we were expecting...good news...God is Good!!!!!!
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James Craney
By Jim & Sharon Craney
Amazing - Chase you always come around and show everyone how strong you are. You are one in a million. Share your story with so many people and how this all started. Know that Jim & I in Mazomanie are with you all the way.
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Tammy Albrecht
By Tammy Albrecht
So glad to read the good news. Thank You, God for the negative T-Cell in the marrow and spinal fluid. Will Pray for viral issues and fungal growth subsides. Caring thoughts and prayers.
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Linda Johnson
By Linda Johnson
So good to know results were negative! Chase, and all of you, have so much strength and faith that I know he will win this!
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Shelly DeKnikker
By Shelly DeKnikker
I always find that amazing as well that the nurses remember! Even after 14 years I still have nurses that say oh I remember when she came here and what a sweet girl she was! I can't believe after this much time each patient they remember! Great bunch of staff they have!
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Linda Dailey
By Linda Dailey
What great news!! Prayers still being sent!
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