Darian Chasteen | CaringBridge

Darian Chasteen D Chasteen

First post: Jan 5, 2018 Latest post: Jul 18, 2018
We have an incredible support group of friends and family that care about Darian and our entire family.  It just seemed easier to create a place where everyone could go for updates.  It also allows us to continue to rally the prayer warriors. We love and appreciate you all. 

There could be many names for this site, Superman and his latest Nemesis,  Superman battles Sarcoma, D's Journey- but as we talked a night or 2 ago. D said, "It is kinda like we are going on a Big Road Trip with Jesus- We don't know where but He does. We have to trust Him, Follow Him, and let Him Drive. and we will try to be joyful along the way and just hold on tight." 
So this is our 
ROAD TRIP WITH JESUS
To share a bit about 2017, June 9th, D was in a serious car accident coming home from his company picnic.  He suffered a shattered femur, spleen laceration and concussion.  He spent a week at Regional One and 2 weeks at Germantown Rehab then home for the rest of his recovery. A total of 12 weeks non-weight bearing so on walker/crutches and in wheelchair.  He was able to work from home and he returned to the office after Labor Day. He was strong, working hard in therapy and getting back to normal, (although since I have heard-that is only a setting on the washing machine) I even came home one day to find his wheelchair beside his truck and he was on the ground under the truck working.-a surprise to no one.   He progressed to crutches and then cane.  He even had the energy after working a full day to attend  our nephew, Christian's football games- climbing to the top of the bleachers.  He was doing well.  By mid-October he had transitioned to 1-2 days of therapy with Ashley then the rest at the exercise center- he was ready to push it hard to get back to full strength.

The first week of November we traveled to Panama City Beach for a classic car show-one we had been looking forward to for several months to celebrate his recovery-  We left home and drove to the beach- when we arrived at 5P, he was exhausted and just wanted to go to bed.  This exhaustion and fatigue progressed over the next few weeks and then along with weight loss, it began to be concerning. He visited his internist  beginning of December- Labs were abnormal, he was anemic and several things were abnormal but didn't point to one specific thing-- After ruling out a blood clot- he saw our GI doc for an endoscopy, the easy answer was going to be a bleeding ulcer from the anti-inflammatory meds- but that was not the answer.  A CT scan  on Dec 14th revealed a 10 cm tumor near his Adrenal gland.  In the past 3 weeks, we have not only celebrated, Christmas and New Years but he has had a biopsy, PET scan and diagnosis of a Sarcoma, which is an aggressive fast growing cancer-( it was not there on the CT scan at Regional One in June).  We planned to visit the surgeon and our oncologist to go over all results and make a plan.  Increased pain on New Year's Day changed up the plans. Our oncologist-felt it was best to start chemo as soon as possible.  Which brings us to Jan 3rd admission to the hospital for a 4 day regimen of some Hard Core Chemo.  Down the road there will be surgery to remove the tumor-but that plan will come later.  D's number one goal is to draw closer to the Lord as he faces this battle and we have all faith that this will cured with God's help.  

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