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Posted 2018-05-13T20:47:38Z

May 13, 2018

Chris’s fight to beat cancer came to an end this morning at 4 am. 

We were admitted to the ICU on Monday morning.  By Wednesday, we were told the cancer had progressed to a point where any further treatment would prove toxic.  Chris never gave up and as sick as he was, continued to press the doctors for a treatment plan.  While his heart, mind and soul were still in the battle, the rest of his body was not.[...]

Posted 2018-03-20T21:29:05Z

March 20th, 2018

As of our last update, Chris was still in the hospital and generally not doing well.  He received a second treatment with the new chemo drugs and began IV nutrition.  We had a lot riding on the treatment working.  During his stay, he was visited by a number of his friends, who took time away from work and school, drove to downtown Chicago to spend a little bit of time with Chris.  He also received a visit from some parents of his friends, all of which took time out to make Chris feel better![...]

Posted 2018-03-11T12:51:14Z

Update - March 11th, 2018

Friday marked one week in the hospital for Chris.  More tests, another scan and on Thursday, he started his second treatment with the new Chemo.  They have also determined that Chris needs to start receiving nutrition through his port as the struggle to remain hydrated and get the number of calories per day he needs has become too overwhelming.  The process of getting nutrition is a slow one as they need to make sure they get the formula correct.  The decision wasn’t made until Thursday, and let me just say when Chris found out that he wouldn’t discharge untill Tuesday, he was less than pleased.[...]

Posted 2018-03-06T19:39:40Z

Update - March 6th, 2018

It’s again been a while since our last update.  A lot of things have been happening and we have very busy with everything.

To bring everyone up to speed, in mid-January, the results from one of his blood tests showed that the cancer antigen that we had been following reversed its downward trend and began climbing again.  At first, the Doctor at U of M thought it could be due to an infection Chris had at the end of the year that possibly could have been the cause.  At the end of January, the blood test showed another large increase.  With that, the Doctor recommended Chris have another CT scan.[...]

Posted 2018-02-07T13:47:39Z

Update - February 7th, 2018

It’s been a while since our last update.  For that we are sorry.  Chris has continued to receive treatment and just started a new cycle yesterday.  We find ourselves still battling all kinds of different symptoms, symptoms that are always changing.  Very seldom do we see the same things.  To give you an example early one week, he started getting sick and throwing up after each meal.  It took us 2 days to figure out that it might be lactose.  Sure enough, we cut out all milk products and the issue stops.  This is just one example of a lot that he is dealing with day in and day out, week in and week out. [...]

Posted 2018-01-02T01:34:20Z

Message From Chris 1/1/2018

Dear Everyone,

Words cannot begin to express how grateful and thankful i am to have so many people who are giving me words of encouragement, praying and those who have donated to my fight. I appreciate everything that everyone has said or done, and I want to apologize for not sending this message sooner, but i have been waiting till I get to a point where I felt a lot better. I'm going to continue to give everything I have in order to upset this cancer and I will continue to rely on the support of my family as well as the wonderful people who have helped support me to this point.[...]

Posted 2018-01-01T04:59:00Z

Update - December 31st, 2017

The highlight of this week was Christmas morning and the arrival of the grandparents.  Other than that, the rest of the week can only be summed up as a bit of a stumble.  It started Christmas day with the trip to U of M which took over 5 ½ hours thanks to a nice little snow storm.  Then on Tuesday at the clinic, he found out that his calcium levels were too low to receive treatment.  Chris then spent the day receiving both calcium and magnesium to increase his levels.  That night, he returned home.  Wednesday was a good day, however the evening brought some challenges.  Thursday came, and all seemed well all day, until dinner.  His mother had made his favorite dinner (Turkey) and he ate very well until all of the sudden he became ill.  He thought he had just over eaten as he felt relief right away.  We started a movie within an hour, he became ill again.  He had a temp of 103.0  and off to Northwestern ER he went. [...]

Posted 2017-12-05T13:16:00Z

Week of 11/27

The good days enjoyed during the off week quickly came to an end this week.  While considerably better than the first week of treatment, the chemo provided a powerful reminder of how awful these drugs really are.  The nausea meds didn’t provide the same kind of relief that they had previously and it seemed to be an hourly battle every day.  Even with the nausea, Chris continued to eat and finished this weekend off very strong on the diet front.  He has set a goal of gaining one pound per week and he may be the only person you know who makes food choices based on which has the most calories. [...]