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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

Long Day Comes to a Close

We are all tired but all the testing is finished for now. The sinus procedure and biopsy of tissue and mucous went well but results of the biopsy won't be in until Monday. We are hoping this will give the doctor an answer to the high fevers. The nurse is doing a culture because of another fever as I type this.

The oncologist did perform a lumbar puncture that came back clear, which is good. She also did a bone marrow. This would indicate if there was a relapse of the cancer. It was stressful waiting for results. So far the preliminary results show no sign of T-cell leukemia. Nothing will be considered definite until the rest of the tests and labs come back on Monday or later. For now we are so thankful for this much good news. Chase is feverish but resting. Thank you prayer warriors for lifting us up all day!

Game On