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Jake’s Story

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,
Laura

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

Latest Journal Update

Jake is free of pain and suffering.

This morning, Jake passed away. It is relief to know that he is no longer suffering, and is now in a good place. I am not sure as to what else I am supposed to say, but know that we are all grateful for the support, thoughts and prayers that you all have given us. We appreciate your kindness and love.


Laura, Boston, Scarlett

Terry & Steve
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mark munger
By Mark and Rene Munger — last edited
Laura, kids, the Carlson and Bordson Families: There is so much to write, so much to say, so much loss to capture that words cannot adequately convey what I've been feeling for Jake and his family since this unfair journey began. I've known Steve since he was ten years old. We both grew up fishing the banks of Miller Creek in Piedmont Heights. I coached Steve in youth football. My brother went to Denfeld with both Steve and Terry. We all reconnected around soccer and hockey and the schools in Hermantown when Rene' and I chose that community to raise our four sons. Both Rene' and I went to school with Rex. I had Laura in my class at UWS. All these ties, these connections... Dylan and Jake became the best of friends. They played together, not just soccer and hockey, but goofing around, kid stuff, that all little boys and teens do. Roller blading. Fishing. Dylan's cabin. Jake's Shack. Shooting BB guns (at each other!). The Carlson family cabin in Wisconsin. Burning homework the last day of school. They did it all together in a tight-knit group of buddies that to this day remain friends. The kid from Northland College captured Jake to a "t". Jake was funny, vibrant, goofy, but, when he laced up his skates or his soccer shoes, he was a dynamo who always played with a heart bigger than his physical size. His dark eyes laughed and danced in ways that, well, quite frankly this past week, after I stopped at the house and talked briefly to Steve, remained vibrant in my mind as I tossed and turned, thinking about what Laura and the family was being asked to endure. I coached Jake, as I had his father, and watched him grow into a fine young athlete. I will miss him, as everyone else who knew him will. But his smile lives on in the faces of the children he left to bless this earth. We all need to make sure they know what a great old man they had. Maybe one of them will yell out, after being dumped on the ice or taken down on the soccer field, "What the heck...?" If you hear that, know that Jake is watching. I have no answers as to "why" but I know that Jake Carlson was someone I am proud to say I watched grow into a fine son, father, and man.
Peace.
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Brandon Gassi
By Brandon Gassi — last edited
Jake was a Jr when I transfered to Northland from Finlandia. I was also a Jr. Jake was one of the funniest guys on the team. Always laughing and smiling.

We would be getting ready for a game, and I'd look across the room at this little toothpick of a guy (barely 5 feet tall and 140 lbs soaking wet) dancing and joking around. He was one of the smallest guys in the league, and yet played big for us all the time. He wasn't afraid to dig for the puck, or use his speed and skill to fly by the other team.

Jake was always complimentary of my game, and it's something that I'll always remember about him. He always had my back, always talked to me about my play, and I still to this day think of that, and how he treated me. He was and genuine person and team mate. The world is worse off without his presence.

I played hockey last night in a men's league after hearing the news and I had flashbacks before the game, and during the entire time I was out there. It made me very sad; but at the same time, I'm happy that he's safe now, watching over us. Rest in peace, brother.

Best wishes to his family.
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Tanya Hanson
By Dustin B , Tanya H & girls
We thought of you with love today,
But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday.
And days before that too.
We think of you in silence.
We often speak your name.
Now all we have is memories.
And your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake.
With which we'll never part.
God has you in his keeping.
We have you in our heart.
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Lisa Slater
By Lisa Slater
I am so sorry for your loss Laura! May god help comfort you and guide you to peace.
Noble Salminen
By Noble Salminen
Jake's smile, I just can't get it out of my head. He was always full of contagious laughter and kindness. His presence always brought joy and excitement to those around him. Jake, you will be sorely missed and joyfully celebrated. My heart and prayers will be with you all during this solemn time.
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Destini Lockwood-sandlin
By Destini Lockwood-Sandlin
So sorry for your loss! Continued prayers from our family to yours.
Karla Erickson
By Karla Erickson — last edited
I knew Jake because I was very good friends with Andrea in middle school. I have followed his story, and have prayed for his safekeeping. I'm so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of all of you. My deepest condolences.
Starr Marshall
By Starr Marshall
Praying that God's peace surrounds and hugs you. May you have comfort in your memories.
Linda Carlson Eastman
By Jeff and Linda Eastman
I remember Jake so fondly from our hockey days. He was as quick on his skates as a gazelle! And Jake's parents are such good people. Your family has our thoughts and heart felt prayers.
Brian Williams
By brian Williams
I'm very sorry Jake was a great guy and my thoughts and prayers with his family.