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Chase was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma Stage 2/B in Oct 2011. Chase was 18 years old and had just started his senior year in high school. After enduring a neck biopsy, bone marrow biopsy, PET scan, heart test, pulmonary test, numerous blood work, placement of a port, a couple stays at the hospital, he began 6 months of chemotherapy. We were assured by all that this was the "good" cancer! Chase did very well thru his inital treatment with only a few setbacks here and there. We were thrilled to finish his chemo treatments and begin radiation since this was the beginning of the end of this journey.
On April 17, 2012 Chase had a PET scan to prepare for his radiation treatments. On April 18th, we had an appt with the doctors to discuss the treatment. On this day, we were told Chase's cancer was back! The doctors, as well and Regan, Grandma, myself and Chase were shocked. No one had prepared us for this! We were devastated! On that day we were told Chase needed more chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. We would likely need to go to Seattle for treatment for 3 months. I feel this news hit us harder than being told initially in Oct that Chase had cancer. Chase was looking forward to graduation, college but mostly to being cancer free. How were we all going to get thru this again?! We were, and still are, overwhelmed.
The following day we went back to see our oncologist, Dr. Kaya. He spoke with us about a clinical trial that the doctors with the Seattle Cancer Alliance were doing. He felt this was what Chase needed. This protocal could be done in Spokane if Chase responded well. We were encouraged. Chase needed another neck node biopsy, another bone marrow biopsy, dental exam, heart exam, pulmonary exam & meeting with transplant counselor. We did the inital neck node biopsy with Dr. Mitchell, who is a ENT physican who I work with and had initally diagnosed Chase. When the reports came back the biopsy did not show any cancer. This threw all of us and the doctors felt this could be a good sign but we were warned to be cautiously optimistic. We needed to do ANOTHER neck biopsy. This time in the hospital where pathology could test the sample as Chase was in surgery so there would be no question on the results. This was done May 1st. Biopsy was positive for Relapsed Hodgkins Lymphoma. I know I was told to be CAUTIOUSLY optimistic but I was AGAIN devastated by the news.
So here we are getting ready to start round 2 in this battle which will include high dose chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. Hodgkins may have won round one but I can guarantee Chase will win round 2!! Our family has received so much love and support and for this we are grateful. We want to share this journey with you. This is not going to be easy and Chase will need all of us to help him thru this. Your positive words and the kindness & generosity shown to our family has been what gave Chase the strength he needed to get thru the first time. He will need that more now. The battle starts on Monday, May 7th. 3 days in a row of chemo treatments. I will try my best to maintain this site with information and I am hopeful Chase may join in at some point as well. This site is for anyone who cares about Chase.
I just saw the date of my last post and I can't believe its been a month already. Where has the time gone? That is an age thing right?! :-)
Chase was discharged from the hospital 4 weeks ago and has been doing really well. We were very relieved that the last medication worked to take care of the C-diff infection. We did have to postpone his chemo treatment for two weeks until he finished the meds and they could do a culture to be sure all was good. It is never a good thing when you have to postpone chemo treatments but in this case, we were completely on board to wait and get this cleared up. Chase was able to get his regular chemo on Nov 21st and will continue every three weeks until around April (of course, that can always change!)
Chase has been feeling well since then. He is working his part time job at Dicks Sporting Goods and has even mentioned possibly trying to take some classes at the community college Winter quarter. We are not sure how well that will go. He still deals with the effects of "chemo brain" after two years of continued cancer treatments we just are not sure if he will have the concentration to get thru classes. Chase worries the longer he is out, the more difficult it may be getting back into the school mode. So we will begin to look into the options for that. If he could be out fishing everyday when he wasn't working, I think he would be happy to put school off a bit longer but these cold winter days are rough on a fisherman!! :-)
We had a very nice family Thanksgiving and we know we have so much to be thankful for. I want to thank all of the amazing people in our lives who have been by our side through out the past two years. I don't know how long this journey will last until we can finally say Chase is cured but I am grateful for all of the special people that have made this experience a little easier.