This is Jake's Story...

Jake is a 20-year-old twin who has been diagnosed with stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma, a very rare form of cancer. Going through a vigorous daily radiation treatment and weekly Chemo treatments make him extremely tired, weak and sometimes nauseous.

Jake is otherwise a normal teenage kid. He likes playing computer games, paintball, swimming and golfing. He loves hanging out with his four brothers, 4 wheeling, camping, and ruining his mom's laundry baskets while making home videos. He hopes to someday become a computer programmer.

This blog was started to keep his family and friends updated on his status.

Addendum: Jake became cured of cancer, free of pain and everything this world brings on September 29, 2010. He continues his journey in Heaven. He is doing awesome! Hope you're doing the same!

His family thanks you for your generosity in donations, love and service. God has shown us many tender mercies!
Thanks for being one of them!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Jake Update 6/28

Have you ever heard of Rhabdomyosarcoma?  Me either.  I got the call about 1:00 pm today and unfortunately for you, my internet wasn't working until now.  My friend Karen text me and asked if she could come over, but I told her a needed some time to let it sink in.  Two minutes later, my friends Angie and Jill showed up at my door and I unloaded, cried, got some much needed hugs and then they changed the subject!  Can I tell you, that brought me right out of my low down, heart breaking funk.  I'm going to have to remember that for next time!

We haven't been in to see the rhabdomyosarcoma doctor yet (Dr. Jennifer Wright).  They tell me it is very rare to have this show up in adults, so the specialists for this cancer are at Primary Children's Hospital (yes, I used to work there!)  I called Dr. Wright's office at 4 pm and she said the the doctor was still collecting all the test results and scans, etc. so she could determine how far along the cancer is and determine a plan of attack.  So, our life is still on hold.

Jake's leg is still very swollen and I am hoping that something will happen very soon to relieve the pressure on his foot and leg.  He still has a "2 thumbs up" attitude (God bless him!).  I think he is still trying to do a few fun things before he is too sick.

On the bright side...I was able to get my windows washed yesterday, Rhett was able to get my 4 wheelers started (He is so amazingly smart!)  I got some flowers planted in my front yard and my peas are ready to eat!

  This morning I was able to get primer on the trim in the hallway downstairs while I listened to some comforting talks by Elder Maxwell.

As I was sobbing on my bed, God told me to trust Him, so that's what I'm going to do.
He told me it was going to be hard...He was right!

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