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Phil’s Story

Welcome to our 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.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Phil went into the hospital unexpectedly on Monday, January 13, 2014.  He had finished a physical therapy session that morning and had gone to his car, but returned to the office because he was having difficulty operating the car.  His speech was slurred and he was taken to a hospital emergency room.  On Tuesday, January 14th, he underwent surgery for a mass on his brain.  About 90% of the mass was removed during surgery.  He has shown good responsiveness after surgery. There are still far more questions than answers at this point as the results of the biopsy revealed an aggressive brain tumor.

Terri and their children, Noah, Emma, Rachel and Hannah have joined the family at Phil's bedside. Hannah’s boyfriend (Zak) and Rachel’s fiance (Gary) flew home from a work trip to join the family.  The family asks for your prayers and thank everyone for all the support.  They feel truly blessed by the immediate care he's been provided.  We will try to keep you posted as we learn more.

Latest Journal Update

Spring news and blessing

April 22, 2015

Phil here…Spring has finally come our way in Minnesota and with it encouraging news on my progress of living with cancer. At this time I can report that I have completed the full year of the Clinical Trial Study with the fabulous team at the Kellogg Cancer Center/U of Chicago. What a blessing to have been able to work with this dedicated group of professionals!

My MRI images and neurological evaluation on April 14th indicate that the treatments have “done exactly what they were designed to do”, stabilize the tumor, prevent any additional tumor growth and prolong the quality of my life. It’s hard to say what is ahead, each day is a new opportunity to learn, share time together and be kind to each other.I’m eternally grateful for each additional day I’ve had with family and friends as well as the strangers I’m meeting on this journey.

As the treatments have been successful at this point, we have decided to take a break from additional chemo therapy and monitor my health with the staff of the MN Oncology Center. The break in treatments will provide me the opportunity to travel more and relief from the side effects.

This spring we are celebrating additional milestones; Noah has his driver’s license and the independence it provides, Emma is graduating from Augsburg College, Rachel is expanding her photography business ‘Rachabella Photography’, and Hannah is completing her Master’s degree in Social Work at U of Wisconsin.

Terri and I are looking forward to and enjoying the festivities around the planning, of Hannah and Zak’s wedding in June. What a great celebration and time together.

Your thoughts and prayers continue to lift up me and our family.

Thank you!

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Nikki Reinardy
By Nikki Reinardy
This is WONDERFUL news!!!! You are amazing! Enjoy this new adventure and experiences.
Janis Ideson Johnson
By Janis Ideson
Just read what your family has gone through. This CANCER sucks but we need to go through it and family and friends really help. You are all in my prayers love Janis Ideson Johnson
Joe Timmons
By Joe Timmons
Congratulations to Phil who received an award from the Autism Society at their Gala last Friday. It was great to see you there!
Anne Dudley
By Anne Dudley
What a great update, Phil! Hope you are enjoying the sunshine!
Paul Wojda

This is all good news. Thanks for the update, and blessings! As the St. Mark's seventh-graders sang in the spring show this year: "Day by Day!" (Godspell)


Mary Hunt
By Mary
What great Sievers news - all the way around!
Fran and Maura Roby
By Maura and Fran Roby
So glad to hear this news, Phil! What an exciting time for your family with so many milestones and joyful transitions coming up. We are happy for all of you and will continue to hold you up in prayer.
Fran and Maura Roby
By Maura and Fran Roby
So glad to hear this news, Phil! What an exciting time for your family with so many milestones and joyful transitions coming up. We are happy for all of you and will continue to hold you up in prayer.
donna pfeilsticker
By Donna Pfeilsticker
Blessings abound, Phil - you are a brave soldier in the battle!
patti S
By John and Patti Shrake and family
Hey Phil and family, thank you for sharing this update with us and we rejoice in the continued success with the clinical trial and the next phase of your living with cancer. See you around MN Onc!