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Welcome to Jake's 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.  I will do my best to keep updating so no one is in the dark about Jake's progress and where he is headed next!  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding ANYTHING with Jake, and I will answer as fast as I can.

Thank you all for your love, kindness and prayers,

The Beginning:
In late June of 2012, Jake complained to me (Laura) of having a sharp pain in his abdomen, and insisted that we need to go to the ER to get checked out for what we thought could be something like appendicitis. After a CT scan, we were informed that there was a very large mass in his abdomen.  And that is where we began.
After more blood tests, scans, and a biopsy, on July 5, 2012, we were informed that Jake has a grouping (11 or 12 grouped together to form one very large mass) of Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumors in his abdomen/pelvic cavity, which is an extremely rare form a Soft Tissue Sarcoma.

What has happened so far and where we are at today:
Jake has undergone 5 cycles of very aggressive chemotherapy, alternating cycles of 6-day and 3-day stays at the hospital for his treatment.  After the second cycle, Jake had a CT scan and his doctors excitedly told him that there had been 20% shrinkage. He then had undergone two more cycles, another CT, and there had been a total (from the beginning) of 40% shrinkage! He just completed his fifth cycle, and we are going down to the University of MN Hospital to meet with an oncologist who specializes in Jake's form of cancer.  This meeting will let us know where we are going next with his treatment. Jake has been a true fighter thus far, and will continue his fight! Thank you again for all of your continued support and prayers. Please let me know if you have any questions, and I will do my best to answer them with what I know.


Laura Bordson posted a new journal entry, "Recent Scans".

Jake had scans on Tuesday of this week. Things went pretty good. Brain spots are stable - no growth. Whew!! Still don't know what they are though. Lung spots increased by ... Read more

Dave Ke A signed Jake's Guestbook.

Jake, keep fighting brotha. Too many good times from the ol' peninsula down at UMB.. Miss ya bud.Dave Allen Read more

Randi Shires signed Jake's Guestbook.

Thinking of you my friend! xoxoRan into Bob-o and Stacy at ice cream this week. Made me think of ya! Read more

Valerie Scola signed Jake's Guestbook.

Duluth featured a very nice article in the paper. Continue to stay strong and keep fighting! There will be light at the end of the tunnel. Read more

Nancy Hanson signed Jake's Guestbook.

Thinking of you Jake as you keep fighting the fight. We are all rooting for you! Sending healing prayers to you! Read more

Tessa Melquist (Rust) signed Jake's Guestbook.

Jake & Laura - my thoughts and prayers are with your family as the fight continues. You are both fabulous people! Keep being strong for one another, good things are ... Read more

Kaylee Johnson signed Jake's Guestbook.

Praying you feel better soon Jake, You are one strong man and we think about you and your family often and are sending lots of prayers your way 💙 Read more

Laura Bordson posted a new journal entry, "Newest news.".

Following Jake's appointment on Wednesday, Dr. Sande had ordered him to have some fluids. He was in the Infusion Center for about 2 hours. He also made an appointment for ... Read more

Valerie Scola signed Jake's Guestbook.

Thank you for the update! Thinking of you all everyday. Continue to stay strong Jake!!! Prayers always! Read more

signed Jake's Guestbook.

So glad to hear the good news about Jake! We think about your family and it hits so close to home. Your fight is so strong! Keep up the healing and fighting:) Positive ... Read more

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