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Sep 13, 2018
In 2016, Chris was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Given much hope and his willingness to fight this battle, the cancer has proven to be strong. The strength that we have all admired from him is fading but our family will continue to fight and be strong for him. We thank all of our friends and family for the outpouring of love and support. We also thank you for the respect and privacy you have all shown our family. We share the information below as just that; information. We ask that questions for our parents are kept to a minimum and note that any sentiments of love and well wishes are greatly appreciated for both our Mother and Father.
Early Summer of 2017 brought us all some relief as the Chemotherapy treatments appeared to be making progress. Chris was continuing treatments and adding in acupuncture and some physical therapy to help rebuild some of his muscle he had lost due to the Chemo. Fortunately, he was able to enjoy most of the summer and while not at 100%, we had some great family time and several amazing weekends & weeks at the Lake. While still regrouping and beginning to enjoy daily activities once again, the Fall of 2017 introduced new challenges with additional joint pain and severe pain in his legs and groin. We were then presented with the information the that cancer had spread into his pelvic bones and other tissue in his mid-section. He had an agonizing winter but somehow managed to push through the holidays and maintain his positive spirit and fight. The Spring was met with much of the same; new pains and struggles, a new round of treatment and fatigue that simply would not let up. His blood counts have continued to be an issue and after many, many rounds of transfusions to help improve his numbers, his body is simply not producing what it needs to ward off the attacking cells. The month of July was mostly filled with rest, some appointments, and the ongoing struggle to eat and maintain energy. We were fortunate enough to spend his 60th Birthday weekend with him at the lake, which included all of his grandkids and grand puppies. Since the return home from that weekend (and especially the past few weeks) it has been an unbelievable sequence of bad news. His fatigue has not let up and he has little to no appetite. The cancer has spread to his stomach and liver and as of this week has gone into tissue in his skull. It is truly a dire situation and we are devastated to say the least.
Our Mother has remained unbelievably strong and along side of our Father she has fought with everything she has to give. The need for support is only just beginning and none of us really knows the how, what, when, who will be needed…. We ask for your well wishes, thoughts and prayers that can assist with a Miracle. We thank everyone in advance and appreciate all of the wonderful people that our parents know and love through this very difficult time.
Because we have such wonderful people in our life, the first things we have asked- and those around us, "How can we help?". This Caring Bridge website is intended to keep everyone in the loop and gather support by way of well wishes and lending a hand with meals and some other tasks we could use some help with.
The swift call to action has been humbling. Thank you all. Please see the ways to help tab for a meal schedule or other items that may be possible.