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!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The "Not so Good" News

Jake has been having some swelling and went to the doctor last week to see if they could fix it. They gave him some antibiotics and sent him home. He went back for a check up yesterday because nothing was better. They did a CT scan at 3:00 pm. He got a call this morning that he needed to come in asap and to bring his mother. I was on my way to racquetball and asked if I should come right back. He said he needed some time to get ready and play and we would go when I was done. Well, after one short game, I was done!

We met Dave at the University of Utah Hospital and talked to the Urologist. He told us that the CT scan showed a tumor by Jake's bladder and he has enlarged lymph nodes all up and down his spine and down his legs. His right leg is really getting swollen!

He goes in for a biopsy tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. I don't know how long it takes to get the results, but we will post it here when we know.

Jake is taking it all in stride. I asked him what he thought on the way home. He said, "Dang!" That's a bummer! He's not depressed or upset...yet. We're just going to take it as it comes and do what needs to be done.

Thank you for your prayers!

Love to you all!

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