Monthly Archives: May 2010

90 Days sure went fast

I guess it may be time for my little “cancer vacation” to come to an end.  I pray it is a permanent vacation, but we will see.

June 3rd is exactly 90 days since  I received my radiation treatment.  So I will have an MRI done that morning to determine what happens next.  I am not sure how quickly I will get my results.  I am guessing I won’t hear anything till Friday the 4th.  I’m also not sure who I will hear from as my Radiologist will read the scan, but it is up to my surgeon to determine if it looks like my liver is ready for another surgery.  The goal with the radiation was just to reduce the two remaining tumors more so that the surgery would have a greater chance of success.  I am guessing if it is a surgery, then it will happen around the middle of July.  If the surgeon doesn’t like what he see’s, then it could be back on chemo again or another radiation treatment.   It is all in God’s hands.

I have been enjoying my time away from all my doctors and nurses.  Although, I have had blood work done almost every week since my treatment.  My last results showed that all the red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets are all doing very well.  They actually didn’t tell me on my voice mail how my liver numbers were, so I guess that is a good thing.

Karen and the boys are doing well.  Jaxson turned 6 this past Saturday.  Brenden and I are back on the soccer fields again.  Brenden’s now on an all boys team.  Taking away the girls mad a difference right away.  The boys didn’t seem to mind pushing each other around and in the first two nights of practice we had 5 get knocked down, 4 cried and 1 minor skirmish broke out.  Luckily there are 3 of us that are helping this year so we sort of have them under control.

I will update everyone when I get my results on Thurs/Fri/ or next Monday.

Thanks for all the thoughts, cards, gifts and prayers.  The battle continues…



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Pictures from Baty Bash-thanks Gina

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Heavenly Day

It was a fantastic day.  The weather was perfect.  Two events went off with no hitches, well except a re-hitching which I will explain.

A few of us started off the day with the Get Your Rear in Gear 5K.  Karen(my wife) another Karen, Sarah and Tim ran the 5K.  Chuck, I my Dad, Debby and Caylee walked the 5K.  Again the weather was a lot nicer than last year and we had a good time.  Then we got changed and ready for the Big Baty Bash picnic.  Pat Groeper, as usual, out did herself with the event.  It was an awesome blessing for her to bring many of us together to hang out and see each other vs. cyber space.  I think there were around 55 people that made it.  You will all know Pat as all CAPS Pat.  She comments often in all capital letters, uplifting our spirits with her loving comments on the blog.  She is just one of those angels God has set in my path.  Pat and I met a couple years ago at a cancer support group through Methodist hospital.  She has taken me under her wing and done her best to take care of Karen, I and the guys ever since.  Pat is a colon cancer survivor as well.

The picnic was such a blessing, I decided to take advantage of having so many great people in one place and surprise Karen with a question.  I decided to ask her to marry me again.  She said “yes” and coincidentally we just happened to have a Pastor in our midst.  Pastor Pat from Hosanna was there.  Only her and Pat Groeper knew it was coming.   Karen and everybody else were unaware.  So we had ourselves a little wedding ceremony to add to an already fantastic day.

A big thank you to everyone who took part to make it such a great day for Karen, myself, Brenden and Jaxson.  The boys have been looking forward to the Baty Bash for the past 3 weeks.  We had two groups from Bemidji there along with one group from the Iron Range.  I just can’t thank everyone enough for coming to visit us.  I hope to get some pictures up soon-depending if I can get Gina to email me some of hers.

Blessings to all and special prayers for both the Pat’s who joined my life since 2008 and made today into a huge success.



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1 Week Out

Happy Mother’s Day!    Just a friendly reminder…We have 1 week until the Colon Cancer Walk and the Baty Bash picnic.  Details for both of these events are at the top of this page-just roll your mouse over the titles.

I will be taking part in the walk this year along with a couple of others.  We then will rendezvous with everyone who will be attending the picnic at Bush Lake Park in Bloomington, MN at noon. We have Picnic Shelter 1.  If you are trying to locate the park, here is the address of the park/beach:  9140 East Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN.  Our shelter does not have an address-we are on the opposite side of the lake as the beach.  Again, everything will be provided-although you may want to bring a couple of extra lawn chairs.  About 50-60 people will be attending.  The food is served at noon, a couple words of “thanks” around 1 p.m.  If you are looking for a hotel to stay at, call the Crowne Plaza in Bloomington at:  952-831-8000, ask for the Chris Baty Benefit rate($69-two double beds).  I am not sure what type of availability they have.

Overall life is great.  I literally thank God every day that I am not on chemo.  I do blood work every week and finally last week the numbers for my liver functions all came back into the normal range.  Since the radiation treatment they have been a little out of whack.  The doc’s will be calling me soon to set up my next body scan to see/understand what has been going on with my Liver since the radiation treatment.

Karen and the guys are doing well.  Karen has pretty much been gone every weekend shooting hockey tournaments.  Jaxson continues to do Tae Kwon Do with Karen.  Brenden’s soccer kicks(yeah pun intended just for you Mr. Bahr) off on May 17th.  I will be coaching again this year, but in an Asst. capacity.  I thought with health things always up in the air and a with a few church commitments, it would be more fun to be in that capacity.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out the blog.  Your prayers and well wishes are always welcome.  Any last minute additions for either event can still sign up, but please do earlier than later.  I am sure Pat will want to have a head count to get the food and drinks in order.  To sign up, check out the pages noted above.

thanks and be blessed,


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