A Little History:
Our story begins in Pocatello, Idaho, circa 1972, when the lovely Debby Christensen agreed to a first, though fateful date with admirer, David Croshaw. Long story-short, he bade her follow him, and they went arm-in-arm to the Logan, Utah temple for establishment of an eternal family unit, Generation 1, on May 23 1973.

From their first blissful summer in Salt Lake City, educational pursuits took them to Provo/Orem, Utah, birthplace of Leslie and Rebecca, and to San Francisco/Oakland California, birthplace of Colin and Matt. Then, for establishment of livelihood, expansion of the tribe with Abby and Dana, and for raising/unifying of Generation 2, it was back to the roots in Pocatello for a rewarding sojourn.

In time, driven by a raging, but commonly shared sense of adventure and independence, one-by-one, Generation 2 escaped the homeland to distant regions of the country and the world, each ultimately developing their own tribal expansions by pairing with worthy mates and initiating Generation 3.

Now sensing fulfillment of their purpose in Pocatello, Generation 1 has also left those roots and transplanted to Cascade Idaho, from which base, they anticipate more abundant contact with The Posterity, Generations 2 and 3, in the future. That contact however, awaits fulfillment of a call to LDS missionary service in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, wherein they hope to help the state of the world by sharing the love of Jesus Christ.

So now, including Generation 0 (Grandma and Grandpa Christensen) home base includes Yuma, Arizona, Pocatello, Idaho, Cascade, Idaho, Vancouver, BC, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Spokane, Washington, Boise, Idaho, Los Angeles, California, back to Boise, Idaho, and on and on (Generation 3+) to infinity.

Our Mission Statement:
This is the blog of our eternal family unit. Initiated years ago, it served well as a journal, but even more so, as an archive of our personal interaction. It was a gathering place, a confabulation instrument, a unifying force for four generations of widely dispersed and progressively prolific posterity, and their valued associates. Though it served these purposes well for many years, it eventually took a back seat to new-kids-on-the-block, Facebook, and Instagram, and was sadly forgotten.

We now move to resurrect this blog with an added functional purpose of archiving the missionary experiences of Generation 1, of their movements and activities as they participate with The Gathering of Israel in the land northward. In so doing, we hope that via their own comments and posts, this blog will again serve to gather and unify the posterity and their friends.

As in the past, that the young and vibrant may know the old and tired, that enduring bonds may be fostered and maintained, that experience and encouragement may be openly shared, that posterity may embrace truth, and that hearts may be knit together, we must resist detachment despite our geographic divergence. We shall do so here.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

It feels like fall here

hi everyone,

i thought i should write and give all of you an update on grandpa. recently he has gone to the va in slc twice for some tests. his psa has been up the last little while, and it is up again (11). one thing he had done in slc was an epidural, kind of like what grandma had done a couple of times for back and leg pain. it has helped him a lot. he hasn't been using the cane as much. last week he went in for an mri (don't have those facilities here in pocatello)on his back. he has had lots of back pain. he went into the dr. here, yesterday, or maybe the nurse just called--not happy with that dr.s office right now-- and told him there were some dark spots on his pelvic bones, and he needed to come in and get a shot. it is a 3 times a year shot, for pain. he had these shots done a couple of years ago. they are massively expensive--around $2500--,but medicare pays for them. they are some type of major female hormones. not fun side effects. they are supposed to help him with the pain in his back, though. he then has to take some pills, one a day for 20 days. is this ringing any bells colin? the pills are likewise extremely expensive, $372/20. anyway, the dark spots indicate bone cancer, i am guessing a result of the prostate cancer. they are not going to do any type of treatment for that. don't know how fast the cancer will spread (colin?), so we will just wait and watch. they are treating his pain, though, which is good. i am going in with them the next time they have an appointment. i have lots of questions. i really don't have any more information. grandma is mostly concerned about his pain. anyway, i know this is not good news, but they and i would appreciate your prayers and good thoughts for them. i love all of you. xoxoxo mom


Crystal said...

That makes me really, really sad... Do you know if the injections are Zoledronic acid? I know that is often a drug used for prostatic cancer-preceeding bone metastases... Are the Drs oncologists that he is seeing? Are there doing to be biopsies of the spots seen via MRI? (do you really not have one in all of Salt Lake City?!)

Also... do you know the name of the drug given for 20 days? I am trying to figure out what the target of the pain medication is...

There is nothing like pain, that is for sure. Is he mostly comfortable or mostly not?

Please let me know what you can find out.


Colin -N- Lori said...

I remember Grandma telling me when Grandpa was diagnosed with prostate CA the doctor told them he would not die from this. I'm not real happy with the Dr's office either. A nurse should never ever be the one to call and give that kind of news, and it's not the kind of news you should give over the phone either. Very unprofessional.

I'm sure there is an MRI in Pocatello, actually I know there is. He may have gone to the VA for a lot of his health care due to the cost. It doesn't really matter why but the spots are from metastasis, obviously from his prostate. If his back pain was in the low back that would point directly to the prostate. The prognosis depends on the stage of the cancer. There's no way to tell how fast it will spread without a lot more information.

The shot he has been getting is Lupron. He's been taking that for a long time. It's the same thing women take for infertility. The pills are probably an anti-androgen. These are both common treatment for prostate cancer, usually for those who do not need surgery. They shut down any testosterone which promotes growth of the prostate CA. This was completely appropriate treatment. If they did anything for the bone mets it would be radiation to the spine, which has pretty terrible side effects. Chemo would be the other treatment, but again, bad side effects. Again, it's hard to say if he is a good candidate for this, but considering his age and his other medical problems, it may not be worth putting him through that.

I'm not sure what to think about this. Sometimes I wish I didn't know what I know for situations like this. I'm sure Mom can find out more info when she sees his doctor. Hopefully his doctor in Pocatello is managing this.

Anyway, news like this makes things very real very quickly. I'm sure we will all be praying for Grandma and Grandpa.


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notthecroshaws said...

In order for the VA to pay for the MRI, he did have to travel to SLC. I will find out what the drugs are and let you know. the dr. did call, and give him results. the pills he is taking are casodex-to help with the shots.

beckyV said...

I got so choked up reading this post. It is so hard to face immortality in this way. It is hard to think about grandpa not being here. It makes me really grateful for the gospel. I just hope that they can keep the pain at bay, so he can be comfortable. I also really love this picture of him. He is such a kind, sweet, and gentle man. Those are the only kinds of memories I have of him.

Crystal said...

Thanks Colin, I think I am crystal clear now. Wow. Sobering. Well, I will just keep the prayers and hope up. I just don't even know what to say.

Jason and Dana said...

I don't know what to say either...I had no idea. Poor grandpa. It hurts so much to know he's hurting physically. And I totally agree Becky, those are the only kinds of memories I have of him, too.

Leslie said...

He'll be in my prayers. Definitely- he and grandma. This has to be hard for her watching him in pain. I know with old age, these things are inevitable, but it's still hard to believe that this could happen to him. Mom, let us know if you get any more info on his status.

abbynormal said...

It seems kind of surreal, doesn't it? I agree with everyone. The hardest part is knowing that he's hurting, and grandma's probably hurting, too. I'll be praying for both of them, too.

Matthew said...

I'm still in shock about this whole thing. I just don't know how to respond to finding this out that grandpa has bone cancer.

I hate to think of him being in pain but I also hate the thought of loosing grandpa. He's been very influential in my life (as I'm sure he has in everyone else's). I can think of countless times he just wanted to spend time with me (several of those times it was just him and me). He's truly a wonderful person.

notthecroshaws said...

thanks so much everyone for your comments. they mean a lot to me and to grandma. grandma just called to remind me that he had a bone scan, not an mri. she said he has had the back pain for at least two years. anyway, he really is an incredible person. i echo everything you have said. my life is infinitely blessed by his love and unconditional support for me. xoxo

notthecroshaws said...

Many times I find myself thinking that when Mom and I were married, Grandpa was just slightly younger than I am now, and I remember him being very strong at back then (a real worker,) probably stronger than I am now. How's that for surreal? One time he and I were riding snowmobiles up to the cabin to try to get it open early. The snow was very wet and deep, and we got stuck. I couldn't believe how hard he worked to get us out. I was about dead, but he took it all in stride.

OK, I'm going to work harder at staying in shape, and get my PSA checked more regularly. Last time I checked it was good, but that was a while ago, and it can turn without notice. I've had several friends, my age, who have had problems with it.

Anyway, obviously our days on the earth are numbered, and it's all part of the plan. But it's hard to contemplate when it comes close to home. I guess sorrow is also part of the plan. I'm just grateful that we have a plan, and that it includes this earthly bonding experience that we're allowed to have together. I'm even more grateful that the plan includes eternal life together hereafter. Sometime I'd like to have a discussion with all of you about some pretty awe-inspiring things I've been learning on that topic. Remind me.

Whatever, barring a stroke or something like that, I think Grandpa still has quite a bit of time left. Just keep praying that he can remain comfortable for however long it is.