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"Although it has been an emotional battle I would not hesitate to do it again knowing someday a cure will be had."

Aug 12

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 2:37 PM  RssIcon

Dave passed away on August 12th 2009, around 10:00AM. He died in his house while surrounded by family.

In his 'drafts' folder I found the following two posts, which he had not had a chance to post. The exact date of each of these is unknown.

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The battle for a chemo drug to eradicate this terrible disease is over. On Monday when scheduled doctors appointment came at Northwestern Hospital it was told that the third of experimental drugs had failed, two stem cell transplants, two radiations, high dose chemo regiments and in discussion with the Doctor and Barb it was decided to discontinue further treatment. I returned to Central Dupage Hospital where I was able to treat the detoxification of the chemo drug until Friday when I returned home to be with family.

Although it has been an emotional battle I would not have hesitate to do it knowing someday a cure will be had.

With now as my faith continues to carries me to the final days I know I have done all I can do through hope and prayer.

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As of the Friday Doctor’s appointment the decision has been made between the Doctors, Barb and Myself to stop all further chemo. 25 months of a rough road have succumb to heavy dose chemo, two radiations, two stem cell transplants and continued use of experimental phase study drugs. All have failed to reach the quality of life I would have hoped to achieve but have given me an extended morning process to put a few things in order and face the reality of life. As beautiful as life is it will come to an end for all of us and how we go out is of greatness in how life was led.

I lie here this morning with family near and still asleep while my mind rambles with thoughts of what to say and what I can do. Organizing as I wish but knowing all will not be completed.

Knowing how difficult life will be for those left but not that different from other’s losses.

Thanks to all who have given the pleasures of life and to helping me see life for its many wonders. There should be a period of time available yet and hope to write again with some clarity. That became my first apparent demise when I found myself mixing my drugs and loosing concentration. Although conversation is limited to emotion I am accepting of thoughts.

Many hopes linger as miracles do happen and prayers will remain a constant in my days as they ever have.

Bless all,
Dave

3 comment(s) so far...


Re: "Although it has been an emotional battle I would not hesitate to do it again knowing someday a cure will be had."

Thank you for sharing your insight and courage Dave. God bless and keep you in His loving arms. My fervent prayers continue for your family. Lynn

By Lynn on   Friday, August 14, 2009 12:39 PM

Re: "Although it has been an emotional battle I would not hesitate to do it again knowing someday a cure will be had."

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I lost my best friend and Father in April this year. I try to hang on to the great times in my mind when I am having a down day. Dave was a great man!
I will miss seeing my hippie friend here at Plymouth Foundry.

By Laurie on   Monday, August 17, 2009 7:25 AM

Re: "Although it has been an emotional battle I would not hesitate to do it again knowing someday a cure will be had."

Thanks for posting this Matt. What a diary! So well written in your dad's clear mater of fact way. He never was one to dwell on emotions, but in this last blog, the emotions are obvious. He expressed little fear, a lot of regret that he couldn't live longer, and faith. He was a man of faith. I am richer for having him as a friend.

Peace to you Matt and Elizabeth and your mother too.

Pastor Paul

By Paul Hammar on   Monday, September 28, 2009 8:15 PM
  
 
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