Cade's Emergency Fund
As Cade's friends, we're setting up this account to help him pay for the vast cost of this life event.
After more Doctor visits, while waiting for surgery and the following treatment, we ask you kindly give what you can to help.
Cade is optimistic in a full recovery no matter the time required.
CLICK HERE for Cade's CaringBridge Page
Click this link to watch the story: http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/coming-together-for-cade-aid/?id=185274
With Cade Aid this Sunday, I want to thank some of the key players who are working hard to get things ready. Ryder and Seth for having the idea and putting everything together so quickly with an unbelievable collection of bands, silent auction items and venue. Jered from The District for opening his doors and his heart to not only allow Cade Aid to happen at The District, but also donating a percentage of that night's bar along with $1 for EVERY ticket sold for the rest of the year. Midwest Communications for continually supporting Cade, even though he is no longer an employee and now works for what will be a competitor. They've donated their airwaves and are running promo's for Cade Aid on every single one of their stations in Sioux Falls. For the bands, all of which are putting on a special show this Sunday, specifically for Cade Aid. All of these guys/gals get paid for things like this, but they're taking the time to help. Speechless. I know I'm forgetting countless volunteers, businesses and the like; so, here is a link to the Cade Aid Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/426764377516736/ (Ryder keeps you updated on everything Cade Aid here.)
THANK YOU for giving, reading, caring, praying and sharing!!!!
Cade had a couple of Doctor appointments last Friday, one with his Primary and one with his Neurosurgeon team. Autumn and I were with him for both appointments. Cade's 1st appointment was basically a typical physical. Just checking to make sure Heart, Lungs, Eyes, Ears, Nose, Mouth and everything else was functioning normally. It was. He's healthy as a horse. The Doctor wrote Cade a note allowing him to go back to work today, which he did. He lives a mile away from his new job and the weather was nice, so Cade walked both ways. He was in good spirits when I talked to him after he got home.
The 2nd appointment was with Cade's Neurosurgeon team. Initially, one of the Doctors named Amber, showed us the newest MRI of Cade's brain while the nurse began taking out the almost 60 staples. She showed us the empty space where the "wedge" used to be that they took out surgically. She was upbeat, excited to show Cade the pictures he requested of his brain after opening his skull. We were surprised at the amount of skull they had open and fascinated by the images.
Next, the Neurosurgeon that headed the surgery came into the room. His name is Wissam Asfahani. Here is the link to his page on the Avera directory... http://www.avera.org/doctors/find-a-doctor-profile/?id=2524
Doctor Asfahani said he had good news and bad news. The good news is everything we already know. The surgery went well. They took a large amount of the tumor out. Cade is 100% the same person he was before.
The bad news is that the remaining tumor will continue to grow and the Doctor wasn't as optimistic that immediate radiation and/or chemo would do any good. He said, studies have shown no significant difference between starting treatment now or waiting until the tumor starts to grow or change. While the outcome may not be significantly changed, the side effects could be. Another MRI was scheduled 3 months from now and will be watched closely every 3 months after that.
Cade's had surprising medical discoveries over the past month, but Friday's was the 1st time I felt bummed about a prognosis. He's been through so many miraculous events and I'm confident he has more in him. I told him I believe in the power of prayer, am confident in the support system of friends and family that have built the fortress of love surrounding him and in his medical team. Please keep Cade in your thoughts and prayers. He isn't as out of the woods as I think we all thought he was.
KELOLAND News is planning to air an update on Cade's story next Tuesday during the 10p News with a sneak into Cade Aid, the benefit concert Sunday, September 27th at The District in Sioux Falls. Seth, Ryder and Jered have been working hard to get everything set up to raise money for Cade's well-being and future healthcare costs. Here is the link for the "Cade Aid" Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/426764377516736/432118303648010/
On Friday, between appointments, we ran into an older gentleman that had been there with his wife for weeks. We shared stories of the staff and the hospital. Like everyone, he was astonished at Cade's progress. He echoed our feelings about the kindness and out of their way care provided at Avera. I've always been a "Sioux Valley/Sanford" guy and don't mean compare and contrast... But, with what I've seen and experienced... I'm now an Avera guy. I've never seen anything like that kind of bedside manner before. Thank you for taking such wonderful care of my friend!
Tuesday afternoon about 1, almost two weeks after brain surgery, Cade took a call from Doctor Amber from the Neurosurgeon's office with his Pathology results. The results are pretty consistent with the original information I reported to you from the night of the surgery. The tumor's official name is Oligodendroglioma. It's Grade 2, not 3, which is the best possible scenario. Still scary and a lot for Cade to digest. He said it was better not knowing. As with these certain earth shaking days he's been through this last month, it takes Cade awhile to settle in with the next step. First the seizure, then the tumor discovery, the doctor appointments, getting ready for surgery, the surgery itself, the hospital stay and on and on. This is Cade's new normal. Just as he accepts, something changes. Cade has an appointment with the Neurosurgeon's office Thursday to remove the estimated 60 staples and go over the treatment plan. What is certain is that he will have to, at the very least, have MRI's every 3 months to keep an eye on the small amount of tumor that remains inside his brain. Doctor Amber said their patients are split 50/50 with their choice of radiation and chemotherapy. We'll talk more about those options tomorrow and Cade hasn't decided which path he'll take.
Here is the link to the American Brain Tumor page about Oligodendroglioma so you can read up on the diagnosis, if you'd like: http://www.abta.org/brain-tumor-information/types-of-tumors/oligodendroglioma.html
On a personal note, I'm so happy to be back in Sioux Falls. Cade is doing a lot of processing. Sunday night, we sat around a bonfire talking, looking at the stars and poking the flames. Cade spoke about what he remembered from the surgery process and his hospital stay. He's already thinking about how he can give back and make a difference in other's lives because he feels so lucky to be as unscathed as he is. He's mentioned survivor's guilt, saying he feels he should be much sicker because of the response and outpouring of love/support you have all given him. He looked around ICU and the Neuro-Acute wing during his stay in the hospital and said everyone else was unconscious and/or near death. I tell him over and over again about what a miracle he is and the inspiration he gives to me because of how he's handling all of this. I've said this before, but I can't begin to imagine the thoughts inside Cade's head... I can only help him talk about them and maybe give him peace.
Autumn is the rocksteady in Cade's life. There day after day, night after night. Worrying. Loving. Willing to drop everything for any request. Autumn is an angel. She needs your prayers, too. For strength. For healing. She's given her all in the most kind, soft love only someone as special as she could. Cade's story wouldn't be anywhere near this smooth without Autumn. I'm forever grateful for her.
Here's the link for the "Cade Aid" Facebook page. The benefit concert at The District in Sioux Falls is Sunday, September 27th.
Ever since Autumn discovered Cade's seizure August 7th, life has changed for a lot of us. The way Cade has handled this whole situation is awe-inspiring to me. His life was drastically affected that morning, yet he's becoming better because of it. Some people roll over, not him. He isn't boastful, but confident. Quietly and privately. He won't say things in front of other people but he tells me. I'm not exactly sure why I am so blessed to have him as my friend but his friendship is priceless to me.
I called Cade this morning on my way to work. He answered by slyly saying, "Morning dudes" like he always does. He was eating a REAL breakfast. Like, real food. I can't exactly remember it was, but it had oatmeal, an omelet and other things. Maybe fruit and toast? He was so proud and I was over the moon giddy. He added that he had a wonderful night of rest. We talked about the Twins game the night before. He wished me luck and asked for pictures of my interview with future Twin Hall of Famer's Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. After we hung up, he sent me this funny clip from Jimmy Kimmel about Donald Trump's newest campaign ad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ep53vIAV9c
Cade had a busy and productive day. In the pictures, you can see Cade up and walking with the Physical Therapist and Ellie. The photo of the car was part of the duties defined by the Occupational Therapist. They had a whole area specifically designed to make sure patients were of the ability to reenter the real world. He had to get in and out of the fake car Ellie is enthusiastically driving. Go grocery shopping in this place they called, "Easy Street." It had a fake laundromat, movie theatre, grocery store, etc. He went through all of the stations and Autumn said, "Passed with flying colors! No need for anymore therapy while he is there. Very positive day." Cade isn't hooked up to anything anymore. Not even an IV or catheter.
At one point today, Ellie wanted to have a "Papa parade." So, Cade hopped in a wheelchair, and along with Autumn, they toured the hospital. Ellie was with him from 830a until 530p. A 4-year old. She was enthralled by the nurses and the atmosphere. Autumn texted, "Both Cade and I praised her over and over at how wonderful she was! She was learning so much from all the nurses. It was fun for all three of us today! :)"
Autumn said she took lots of notes, which she does all the time. She said that at some point, she'd like to write an update from her perspective and I can't wait to read it. Autumn has been a steady force for Cade and a lot of other people, including me. We wouldn't be where we are right now without Autumn. THANK YOU!
I had one more call with Cade tonight. It was during the 1st commercial break of the Vikings preseason game. Can you guess what he was doing? If you guessed watching the Twins, you're starting to catch on to his routine. He said he'd flip back and forth. We talked defense and how good they were looking. He started talking about Teddy.
Cade will go home tomorrow. There isn't anything left to accomplish. Even though words can't express the pride and love I have for Cade's strength and resilience, there's still what the pathology will come back with. When he was enjoying the evening with Tyler and Chuck, Cade said he was told that, "Pathology is gone for the night. They should be by in the morning with my final results." Cade is very anxious about that. Could really use your prayers that he gets the best possible news. What I reported to you the night of the surgery was explained pretty thoroughly to him for the 1st time by a newer, for us, member of the Neurosurgeon team that he said he really liked. It was heavy for him. He's trying not to think about it, so please don't bring up anything specific at this time. Don't want to burden him further. He said that as soon as I write a post, his phone blows up. I don't want to tell you not to text him, though, because he loves it.
Thank you for reading, praying, giving.