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Chase’s Story

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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.   

Much Love, Jill (mom)

  

 

Latest Journal Update

Life is Very Good!

Chase and Mackenzi Summer 2014
Chase and Mackenzi Summer 2014

I am finally back with your 3 month update!!  You can all be assured, if you don't see an update, that means Chase is doing great!!  And I am happy to say that was confirmed by his PET scan this week.  So yeah, of course, its Chase so the scan did show a couple small areas that we will keep an eye on.  Chase's oncologist, Dr. Kaya, didn't feel it was of concern but with Chase's history, he did have him see Dr. Mitchell, who has done all of Chase's neck biopsies. Both doctors compared his scans and didn't feel it was of enough concern to biopsy.  We will just continue to monitor it with each scan.

Chase had been in remission for over a year now but during most of that time he was also having chemo.  These past 3 months have been the first time in over 2.5 years that Chase has not been on any treatment. Obviously this is great news that he has continued in remission.  We will repeat his scans every 3 months to stay on top of any possible relapse.  

Chase has been having a great summer, from what I can tell.  I rarely see the kid!  He is as busy as ever with work, fishing and spending time with his new girlfriend, MacKenzi.  I haven't seen him so happy. He has a wonderful lightness about him, especially when he is with her!! They really are quite adorable! I do believe he has a different outlook on life having spent the past 3 years dealing with cancer. How could you not?  I think it can either leave a person bitter over all that they missed out on or they can embrace what is good and appreciate life more than the rest of us.  I am so very proud of the way Chase has chosen to take on this life of his. The good and the bad.  He never feels sorry for himself, never expects anyone else to either.  He lives his life the way he believes in. I admire that.  I think many of you reading this and know Chase personally would agree.  

Chase turned 21 on July 25th.  I just can't believe it.  I cherish every moment with him and he just impresses me more every day.  He hasn't made any final decisions yet on school or what direction he wants to go.  He has a couple options he is considering.  I am ok with that.  He has earned some time to just evaluate where he has been and where he is going.  So all and all, Life is VERY good right now.  Thank you all again for your love and support.  Its been a while, so we really appreciate all of you who have hung in there with us.    




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susan vollmer
By Susan
I am feel truly blessed to be in the circle of people whose life is touched by Chase. You should rightly be proud that he is your son. Love to to all.
Linda Slater
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Wow! Chase, I am so happy for you. This is a miracle that you have earned, if I can say such a thing. What an awesome human being you are. I'll say it again, I admire the fight in you and the "always looking at the glass half full" young man you that are. You have an optimistic, adventurous spirit and I know you are going to do great things. Take your time to decide what you want to do with your life! Enjoy your health and live your passion. You deserve this. Congratulations on a clean bill of health & a new girlfriend- that smile says it all!
Jill - thank you so much for taking the time to update the rest of us on Chase, I appreciate it. I think of you all often, and it is so good to hear prayer being answered. I'm glad that you can all finally enjoy your summer. Praise God!
Kathy Priester
By Kathy Priester
I can't wait to see what the next chapter in Chase's life brings.