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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, "Jake Today".

Just a quick update as to where Jake is at. So, today Jake had a bunch of scans to figure out where he stands. These are the first post surgery scans he has had to ... Read more

Laura Bordson posted a new journal entry, "Jake Update".

So, this is what has happened this week. On Wednesday, Jake was discharged from the hospital down at the Mayo Clinic. His surgery had taken a toll on him, but the recovery ... Read more

lisa & kevin aho signed Jake's Guestbook.


Laura Bordson posted a new journal entry.

Jake Update: So, Jake is still in the hospital. He is feeling better and is able to talk more and be awake for longer periods during the day. His pain has moved from his ... Read more

Sharon Johnson signed Jake's Guestbook.

Good Morning Jake and Laura - just sitting at my desk thinking about you guys.  I hope recovery is going as the Doctors expecting and you are getting stronger Jake.  The ... Read more

Kris Young signed Jake's Guestbook.

I am so glad to hear the surgery went well!  God Bless you and your beautiful family Laura and Jake ... He will continue to give you the strength you need on those not so ... Read more

Erin Carlson signed Jake's Guestbook.

Prays coming from our whole family!!! Stay strong!! Lots of love for you and your family!!!!  Read more

Valerie Scola signed Jake's Guestbook.

Thank you for the update, Laura! Sending lots and lots of prayers your way. Read more

Laura Bordson posted a new journal entry.

Ok. So, surgery is done. It took 10 hours, when they originally estimated 5. He is in the ICU, he is stable, and will prob remain there for a couple days. His breathing ... Read more

Kaylee Johnson signed Jake's Guestbook.

Saying extra prayers for you today 💙 I how that everything goes smoothly and that you have a speedy recovery! You and your family are extremely strong and courageous! ... Read more

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