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.
Sarah (on behalf of Chris’s family)
One additional note – Chris is no longer reading text messages or answering calls on his cell phone.