Wednesday’s update

This is Sarah (Karen’s sister) doing the update tonight.

Chris was pretty exhausted again today, but was still game for chatting with visitors and a short walk outside with the boys.   He continues to astonish us (and all of the nurses) with his lucidness and great memory.   It’s such a blessing to be able to have amazing conversations with Chris at this point in his journey.  We are all cherishing each and every moment we have to spend with him.

Today family members were talking about how Chris has maintained his wonderful sense of humor throughout his journey.  We’ve all always loved joking around with Chris, and while this week has obviously been extremely emotional and difficult, Chris’s sense of humor continues to remind us that there are some things that cancer can’t take away.   So I just wanted to share a few stories from today:

Karen and Chris’s friend Steve were having a discussion about where Chris and his kids and Karen fall on the introversion/extroversion scale.  They thought Chris was sleeping, but out of the blue, he chimed in “I’m a 10 on the extroversion scale” and then he added “and I’m also a 10 on the ‘hot’ scale”.

Then this afternoon, we told Chris that his blog had over 2,600 hits yesterday, and that the blog is well on it’s way to another 2,600 today.  I showed him the graph of the blog statistics, and after studying them for a bit, his response (delivered with his usual wit) was “it’s interesting that I still have so many stalkers”.

Cancer can take the body, but it can’t take the personality, heart, faith, and soul – and for that, we are extremely grateful.

We have just a few updates about visiting Chris at The Lodge:

If you would like to visit: Chris is still open to having some visitors from 12 to 2 pm each day and again from 6 to 8 pm each evening.  However, it’s important that visitors leave by 2 pm so that Chris is able to get enough sleep before Brenden and Jaxson arrive with Karen from 4-6 pm.  Chris remains as social as he’s always been, so he won’t kick you out – so please don’t be offended if a family member or friend reminds you that it’s getting close to 2 pm or 8pm.   We also ask that you please respect this 4-6 pm time frame – please no visitors during this time – this is a really important time for the kids and Karen to spend time together with Chris as a family.  One last favor to ask – Chris and his family have been so amazed by all of the people wanting to visit – it truly has been touching.  But we want to be sure that everyone has some time to talk to Chris, so we ask that you keep your visits short when others are waiting for their special time with Chris.  We appreciate your understanding and your continued support and prayers!

Here is the address: 1412 Summit Oak Drive, Burnsville, MN (Room#3).  The house is located in a secluded portion of a subdivision and there are no signs for The Lodge, so look for the “1412” on the mailbox at the end of a long driveway and head back into the woods.  There are not many parking spots here, so we encourage car-pooling when possible.

We are also making sure we read all of the comments from the blog to Chris every day, so please keep them coming!

Thanking all of you is getting hard – it’s just difficult to come up with new words to express how grateful we are for the continued support.

With Love,

Sarah (on behalf of Chris’s family)

One additional note – Chris is no longer reading text messages or answering calls on his cell phone.



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38 responses to “Wednesday’s update

  1. Randy

    Thanks for the update Sarah. The specific anecdotal stuff is awesome. Tell Chris I can’t see giving him any better than a 9.5 on the “hot scale” though, but I guess we can round it up. Love to everyone down there, and please keep surrounding him as you have. Wish I was there this week. Thinking of you and praying for continued peace for you friend.

  2. The Cabanaw's

    Yes, thanks for the update Sarah. This blog is a testament to your families strong faith and perseverance, wish we knew you guys better. We are just across the street if you need anything. Love and prayers to Chris, Karen, Brenden and Jaxson.

  3. Terri (Schmitt) Pickett

    Karen and Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Melissa Christenson

    I remember Chris always had something “smart” to say! I love being able to get on the blog and see how the day has gone… Keeping you all in my prayers 🙂

  5. janette buesgens

    There is rest in God”s promise to protect you. He makes this promise out of His perfect love and endless mercy toward you. He’s ever-present, always caring, and constantly watching over your life. May He keep you safe in the arms of His love today.
    For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

  6. Susan Julio

    Sarah – Thank you so much for painting a picture of Chris’ day for those of us who cannot come and visit him in person. It’s so nice to know that his his sense of humor is intact!

    Chris and Karen – I pray for your family every day and send my love and strength to you.

    Chris – you are right; you are definitely a 10 on the extroversion scale AND the hot scale! 🙂 What a combination! I’m proud to call you my friend!

    Love & Hugs,

    Susan Julio

  7. Jennifer Fischer

    Hey big brother! It was so wonderful to spend time with you tonight! I enjoyed the talks and I especially enjoyed your strength. Caylee and I love you very much!
    Your sis,

  8. Suzy Welch


    I am trying to find a way to get there this week. It’s nice to read that you have so many people that are coming to visit. Marissa is singing again this year (thursday night) and like last year we’ll put it on youtube. I hope you get to see her. Lots of love to you and your family.

    God bless!

  9. Heather Tidd

    So glad to hear that you are entertaining everyone! 🙂
    You are really an inspiration to us all!
    Thinking of you all…prayers…

  10. Julia

    Ok i guess i had better come out so i am not considered a stalker:)
    It’s Julia, Strat’s friend here and my husband and I just want to tell you how much strength YOU have given us, and how your faith has touched and strengthened our’s. Keep on smiling and joking and know that we are praying for you and all your friends and family.

  11. jeff

    Chris, it is amazing the enrgy that you maintain during all of this. Our prayers our with you, Karen and boys in these final days. You are amazing.

  12. Andrea (Tighe) Jarvi

    Chris and Family, our prayers are with you all. Chris, I worked with you at the Central Lab (under Joan Takata) back in the day and you made such a positive impression on me during that time, I still carry that positive energy with me. Your strength and wonderful attitude will be carried forward in everyone that you have met. Thank you for that.

  13. jo ann kirkman

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Chris, and Karen.
    Out of my 18 yrs at Proex, the ones I worked with you and Karen were the best. I knew then you were a special person.
    Chris, thanx for being my friend. I admire you so.
    Until tomorrow.

  14. Dan

    I am so glad that I got to see Chris today. The time I spent wtth him will remain in my heart forever. The love and support was truely amazing.
    God Bless

  15. Michelle Bowman King

    Chris – tonight was elder-led prayer at my church. You were on my heart and in my prayers as we focused on praying that the men in our church and in our lives would pursue the LORD and seek Him to define their lives.

    It was easy for me to thank God for your life and testimony.


  16. Becky Shade

    Stalker ….no….Fans….Yes!!! You are the Justin Bieber of Blogging!

    Thinking of you!!!!

  17. Melissa Allen

    I just wanted to let you know what an inspiration you are to so many people. I am one of Michelle King’s friends and have been following your courageous, faith-filled journey. My aunt finds out tomorrow if her cancer has spread to her brain. Even though you don’t know me, your faith and strength continues to renew my faith and strength. You are such a testiment of the type of person Jesus taught us to be. Thanks for being such a great Christian man. My prayers are with you and your precious family.

  18. Joan Takata

    Chris, although I’m unable to visit with you in person, please know that I’m with you in spirit. You’ve been such an inspiration to me and I’ll be eternally grateful for that. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Until we meet again, I wish you peace and serenity.

  19. Sue Nygren

    Dear Chris and Karen,

    You and the boys are in my thoughts and prayers. I will strive to make school a happy, “normal” place for Jaxson (with a few extra hugs, if he’ll let me!) in the coming weeks. Your faith and strength are amazing – thank you for sharing them!

    Sue Nygren

  20. Tom & Linda Rosner

    Chris and Family
    We are Steve Jastrow’s parents and we are praying for you and your family.You have been on the prayer list at our church since the walk and have been following the Blog from day one. Your strength and faith has made me a better person and God Bless you and your family.
    Tom Rosner

  21. Beth Gould

    I laughed out loud at the “I’m a 10 on the extroversion scale” and the “and I’m also a 10 on the ‘hot’ scale”. Yes I agree you have so many stalkers! It is amazing how many people visit your blog every day! I pray for recovery and peace whatever that brings. I pray for you beautiful wife and children. I pray that I can be half the person you are. Sweet dreams Chris. I hope you get a good nights rest. I know you need the rest for you will have many visitors tomorrow… are one popular fellow! XOXO!

  22. Mark Vesta

    I stand in awe of you Chris. A 10 on the “hot” scale is what most of us only dream of. Congrats on ringing that bell.
    I cannot put into words how you have touched not only me but so many others with your testimony. Your faith and spirit is simply amazing. I would give that an “11”
    May God continue to bless you and your familiy.


  23. Chris, you have been an inspiration to us all. I enjoyed my Proex years, but I am so happy we had the chance to touch base and talk again recently. God works in mysterious ways and sometimes we can’t always see what his plan is, but he has something special planned for you. He also has a big plan for your family…maybe one of your sons will go on to find a cure for others. Thank you for being who you are and we will all meet again someday.

    Megan Cox

  24. I can hear Chris’s laughter as I read this story. I love how is can find the joy in every moment. Chris has been a great friend & boss & a blessing of a person to know. All my love & prayers go to him, Karen & the boys as well as everyone else that loves Chris. My family ( espeically Mom) send you love & prayers & thanks for being blessed to have gotten to know you.

  25. Jim W/Atomic

    You continue to be in all of our thoughts and prayers!

    I can help but think that all those years dealing with Paul L has prepared you to deal with your cancer! Ha, I thought that would make you laugh…

    Stay strong!


  26. Matt Phelps

    Thank you all for doing these updates. I just recently learned of this striking news to one my best buddies ever. As I read some of these stories I can also hear Chris’s laughter and see his great smile. I think of the times Chris and I spent together. Which, was never enough time. I do remember one particular time. It was a summer day, during high school years, we were bored so we decided to go for a drive around to see if we could find something to do. Well, we ended up driving to Brainerd for lunch, then drove from Brainerd to I believe it was Virginia, Mn to see Chris’s Grandma for a a little while, then back to Bemidji. Quite a road trip, with many stories and lots of laughter along the way. I cannot say enough how much I love and respect you Mr Chris Baty!! Love and prayers to you and your family!
    Proud to say….Your Friend, Matt Phelps

  27. Jonathan Manor

    Sarah and others,

    Thank you so much for the updates. While far away in distance, the updates keep us close. How true indeed, those words you shared today, “Cancer can take the body, but it can’t take the personality, heart, faith, and soul.”

    Chris, Karen, and family, you continue to be in our personal prayers, as well as our church family prayers on Sunday mornings and throughout the week. Your continued faith in Christ throughout these days, reminds me of one of my favorite passages in John’s gospel about who we are, and whose we are…Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

    God’s continued blessings to you all.


  28. Chandra Joki

    You are the true meaning of “Sisu”. Thanks for your great sense of humor that never leaves.You will always be an inspiration.

  29. Taisa Diedrich

    What a wonderful entry! And you are SO right that cancer may take the body, but it cannot and will not take someone’s spirit! Great stories and thank you for sharing them.

    Everyday I think of you Chris. I think of you and your family and what you are going through every day. I know this is an unbelievably difficult time for you all so I just continue to pray for strength, love, support & peace. You have been a blessing to many on Earth, and I know you will be a blessing to many in Heaven. Please say hello to my Mom when you see her. I tell you, I regret so much not having you two meet at the 2009 walk. That was her last one….and there was a moment when your team was getting ready to take your photo and you were standing alone that I was about to grab you to meet my mom. And I chickened out because I didn’t want to intrude. I kick myself now. However, someday you will meet her.

    I pray for comfort for you and your family at this time.

  30. Vickie Van Kempen-Grieme

    Okay wait a minute, Joanne always told me that the best time she ever had at Proex was when I worked there. Oh wait we did all work together she must have just forgotten to add my name to her note. Love hearing about your day and all the wise cracks. Chris you still got it. I’m looking forward to visiting with you. HUGS Vickie

  31. Reading the blog last night before I went to bed, I included another sentence to my nighttime prayers. “Thank you Lord for another precious day.” Walking this walk with you has made me realize how blessed we are for each day we have on earth to share with our families, friends and the strangers we meet.
    God Bless you with another day today!
    Love, Carmen & Ernie

  32. mike regan

    My thoughts are with you continually over the past week. It’s great to see all the support you have. I wish I could swing by to visit. I guess I will keep stalking you from Georgia.

    I keep thinking of all the fun things we did at Proex (ie: passwords we had the company using.)

    I pray for you and your family daily and hope I can handle any adversity half as well as you.

    Ps: wolf789

  33. Debra Recker

    My prayers and thoughts will be with you and your family daily. It’s great to see how loved you are and what an incredible strong person you are.
    My regards always,
    Debra Recker (Methodology Inc.)

  34. Corey Boyer

    It’s been a few years since we’ve talked to each other – but I know our Mom’s still like to chat!!! I remember our trips to Roseville for the MEA conference – running around the old Holiday Inn, causing trouble…..
    Your story has been truly inspirational, how you’ve handled this journey and how you have maintained such a positive attitude is amazing Chris – Our lives may have taken us in separate directions, but I thank you for the memories – you and your family are in our prayers.


  35. Tyra Kleinschmidt

    I just heard the news today. My heart goes out to you and your family. I’ve been reading your blog and what a journey….and yet you remain so tender. True inspiration.
    God Bless.

  36. John and Colleen Beddor

    Karen and Family, You and your family are in our prayers. John and Colleen

  37. Tina

    To my bestest Christian brother Chris – You know my heart my friend – I am so thankful and grateful to God that He brought you into my life. You enrich so many and you will always, always be in the hearts of many – mine so too. For you, my journey has been so blessed with your prayers for me during my dark times. Your unselfishness for others a true testimony of discipleship.

    You are always in my prayers. I pray for all of you during this time of transitions. My friend and Christ brother, I love you dearly and hope to get over to see you tomorrow. Maybe even get a few minutes to chat with you between all your fans and stalkers 🙂

    God’s blessings, peace and protection over all of you .


  38. Carrie Coan

    Add me to your stalker list ;-). I’ve been reading your blog for a long time, I’m glad I got to see updates on how you were doing. I regret not saying anything until now though.

    Chris, as I sit and think about what you mean to me I smile. You are the type of person that everyone strives to be. Yoour ability to remain positive in situations that would break other people is remarkable. Ive always admired your upbeat, happy, quick witted personality. You have a way of connecting and engaging people that is rare to find. You have a way of making everyone feel valuable. You are most definitely my favorite boss. I am very honored to call you my friend.

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