Written by Nate shortly after he was diagnosed:
"Well, basically I have Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and it's a good thing! My greatest hope is that God would show His glory though this situation and He certainly already has. I'm really just blessed to be used in such a cool way."
Nate wanted to serve the Lord, and he was willing to go anywhere he was called to go. He spoke often of how he wanted to be used to bring glory to God and bring more people to know what it means to truly have eternal life. He answered a calling to move to Davenport,IA in September, 2011 to be part of a ministry opportunity and affected many lives in the short time he was there.
On June 15th, 2012 Nate was diagnosed with cancer (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). He returned to Sioux Falls, SD to be treated by an amazing medical staff at Avera McKennan and cared for by his family.
Nate’s immediate response was that he was “so excited” to have cancer because he knew that God would use this to bring Him the most glory!
As Nate battled this disease he experienced many ups and downs…joy would turn to sorrow in a day, and just as quickly back to joy. Many people joined us in the journey and carried our family through with prayer. Initially the cancer was kicked back through chemo which resulted in a lot of struggles,including ADEM/paralysis and many other painful things. Then on October 3rd he received a bone marrow transplant courtesy of his big brother! That road was tough and seemed to involve every possible obstacle out there. He suffered through intense Graft vs. Host disease (making simply existing painful), BK virus, blood infections, and a multitude of other things. On November 26th we received the difficult news that the cancer was still present in Nate’s body.
As we continued to pray for Nate, medical experts moved into the next phase of recovery. Time passed, medicine failed, and God still provided. We knew that He had a plan to save Nate, we just didn't know if it would be through temporary healing here on Earth or eternal healing by passing on from this life into the the presence of his creator. We have come to know and love our Savior in a more intimate way through Nate’s suffering and with all of this behind us, Nate has moved on to a perfect body, worshiping at the throne of God! Never again will he know sorrow, pain, suffering, sadness, or affliction. He will forever know love and joy, and as much as we will miss Nate this side of Heaven, we can’t help but rejoice with him! Praise God that we can hold onto His promises!