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Dyllen’s Story
Welcome to our little cowboy's journey!!

Dyllen, had been having stomach issues since January. After numerous times taking him into the Dr. I finally asked for a consult with a GI Specialist. His older brother see's one at Avera McKennan so right off the bat that is who we wanted to see.  They saw him right away, which is hard to do. And was scheduled for an Endoscopy a few day's later. The found that he has a virus attacking his tummy and living off the acid. His biopsy was sent to the Mayo and came back as H Pylori. 14 Day course of antibiotics he should hopefully be better. Not so much. We had a scheduled vacation to San Diego, CA during the last 7 days of the antibiotic and things seemed to be getting worse, NOT better! Easter weekend we flew home. Monday, April 2nd, he had to stay home from school as he was throwing up again, which was nothing new. That night he screamed in pain all night long. So, that next morning, Tuesday April 3rd I took him to the ER in Marshall, MN. He was severely dehydrated. They took X-rays and notices something wasn't quite right. So, they did a CT Scan and saw he had a bowel obstruction and intussusception (tunneling) of the large intestines and the colon. We were ambulanced to Avera McKennan. They tried different ways to release the bowel obstruction and intusesspetion but none of them worked. Surgery was scheduled for that next morning. Wednesday, April 4th 2018, our lives forever changed. Our brave cowboy went into surgery hoping it would make him better. About 30 min into surgery, the attendant comes to get us and brings us into a room and the surgeon was in right away. Thinking this was quick!! Unfortunately, not. He was still open on the operating table and the Dr. was telling us what they found. Cancer. A baseball size tumor, in our 9 year olds colon/large intestines. They had to remove 11 inches of his colon along with the tumor.  Burkett's Lymphoma a form on Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Cancer. Forever changed our lives. Our little Cowboy's life.  April 4th, will always be etched into our minds and hearts. So, we begin the fight. We fight. Dyllen Fights. Cancer does not have a say in our little Cowboy's life! We are Dyllen Strong!!  #dyllenstrong

Newest Update

Journal entry by Brittany Christensen

Wow!! Can we say journey!? We all have grown so much in this journey. Our faith is first on our list. God was in control and he is still in control!! We gave it to God, and we trusted Him to work His miracles. And, that he did!!! 2 weeks ago today, Dyllen had his pet scan, he is Cancer-Free and in Remission!!!! All the prayers that were sent up, the Good Lord heard them all! Today, Dyllen gets his central line removed and boy is he excited (as an I)!!!! No more heprin flushes, no more dressing changes, no more doctor visits for 3 months. We are eternally grateful for everything the Lord has provided!! And, we Thank all of you for supporting us in this journey, in any way possible!! God bless each and everyone of you!!! 

Our God is an Awesome God!

We are #dyllenstrong 

-*- His Will, His Way, My Faith Jeremiah 29:11 -*- 
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