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  • "If I am bound to the belief that God is in control of the cosmos, and miracles can and do happen, then there is no 'hypothetical situation' wherein God's ability to perform miracles through the faithful actions of the merciful ceases to be a possibility."

    Joshua's above words continue to resonate with us, his family, friends and acquaintances seeking to live out that same belief. Though he is no longer with us bodily, we strive to faithfully remember and testify to Joshua's witness among us, through the establishment of The Joshua Casteel Foundation and other initiatives on which we will continue to provide update through this website. Thank you for joining us.

    "The just man, though he die early, shall be at rest." (Wisdom 4:7)

    Joshua was diagnosed in early November 2011 with stage IV lung cancer (adenocarcinoma), which ultimately took his life on August 25, 2012 at the age of 32. The many of us who survive and love him will continue to pursue the heavenly justice to which Joshua (in life, and now in death) testified.

Ups and Downs…Such is Life!!

Just a quick note to let you all know both the ups and downs of our last 2 weeks.  We’ll start with the ups.  Since Joshua developed this hip/groin/leg pain that can be severe at times, we’ve had to pray for miracles to allow him to do the things that are important to do.  Saturday night in Des Moines, I mentioned that he was awarded the Bishop Dingman Award for his work towards Peace and Justice.  Bishop Gumbleton also spoke and it was very interesting and their talks complimented each other so well.  Joshua was in a fair amount of pain, even after his shot of pain killer, but he was able to talk for 45 min.-an hour.  He did a great job, and it was a real honor for both of us to see him receive this very important award.  He was very humbled.  The people were so warm and welcoming and they were very generous in giving us a gift as a donation at the conclusion of the evening.  What a great group of committed people.

 

Then we came home only to pack up the car to go to Chicago on Monday morning for his class.  We made it fine, but he was extremely tired after the class and felt he didn’t have what he needed physically and mentally to teach the way he would have liked.  He was tired and disappointed to some degree and slept the entire trip home.  Since then it has been a downhill slide  concerning his hip and leg.  We go to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation tomorrow and we are praying that they can come up with some answers as to what may be causing the pain.  His MRI showed the same spot that was on his hip from the beginning, but it shows no significant change.  However, they did say he strained his left glut muscle but it is the right side that hurts.  So hopefully that piece of the puzzle will be figured out tomorrow.  Please pray for the doctors wisdom to look in the right direction for answers.

We are really hoping we can go to Mass on Sunday.  Right now his pain is too great to think of sitting in the pews, hard as they are, and definitely no kneeling, standing and sitting.  We’ll be very disappointed if we’re unable to go.

Since I am doing the juicing, there are a lot of things that just can’t get done.  One is cleaning the house.  I keep it fairly orderly but it hadn’t been really cleaned for weeks.  Today a very good friend came over and cleaned the whole house…minus Joshua’s room.  (he was asleep)  Oh what a blessing.  Not only did it relieve a big burden but it feels so nice to see things fresh and clean.  What a morale booster.  Thank you SO much Micaela.  I love you.

Also, I’m realizing that I am not going to be able to mow my lawn regularly this Spring and Summer, because of the added extra duties with juicing, cooking, more appointments etc.  If there is anyone out there who would like to earn a little extra money please contact me.  I have a nice riding mower that can be used.  That will take a HUGE  burden off my shoulders.

Last, but not least, a very good friend of mine just found out that she has breast cancer.  Supposedly it is the good kind that is not pervasive and she is a candidate for a lumpectomy.  She will have radiation as well as a back-up measure.  This is a shock and of course frightening as it enters her into the unknown.  Please pray for her.  I haven’t asked permission to give her name out yet, so if you could just pray for my friend I’d appreciate it.  Thanks so much.  There’s just way too much cancer in this world.

Again thank you to everyone that continues to give and help out. We are so thankful to God for each one of you.

God Bless and Happy Easter…He is Risen!!!

Kristi and Joshua

PS.  The auction is almost over and it went great.  Thanks so much ‘girls’!  :-)

 

Never a dull moment!!!

I wanted to drop a line or two about Joshua’s physical condition right now and what we all can pray for. Also to let you know what he’s up to, besides sleeping his life away. (side effect from Decadron withdrawal).

Before I do that, however, I want to add our thanks to Bobby, MaryAnn and Dave Snyder, and Kim for all their hard work in bringing the benefit concert to life. It was not only inspirational, Bobby was great, but a lot of fun with the raffle tickets and prizes. I think everyone who attended would say the same thing. Thank you all for your support in coming and giving.

Also, we want to thank Hannah Ilten, Jeff Tomsic,
Erin Gullickson, and Katie Coates for all their hard work in putting together the on-line auction and the weekend get togethers as fund raisers. You are all such loyal friends and so creative in your ideas. We continue to be so encouraged because of all of you. Even in the midst of some very hard days and bumps in the road. The withdrawal from Decadron has not been a fun experience. Poor guy could hardly stay awake and it took awhile to figure out what was going on. He’s a little better now, and yesterday was put on Hydro cortisone to jumpstart his adrenals and then will wean off of that. And if that is not enough, out of the blue came intense hip and groin pain. He had to use his golf club as a cane to get around for awhile. I know…we should have taken a picture of that one. He would fit right in if he was in England. But today he had a physical therapy session with a group at the hospital that deals with trauma patients and they were able to give him a shot in the bootie which has given him some very welcomed relief. Enough so we can drive to Des Moines tomorrow where he will receive an award along with a Bishop for his work in the field of peace and justice. Evidently it is given yearly and he is the youngest man to ever be awarded this particular award. We’re very proud of him. Please pray he feels good enough to go and to give his short speech. I’m sure God will give him the grace to do so. I’m going to try to remember the camera!!

Then we drive back Sunday to pack up the car for our weekly trip to Chicago for his class. So, this will be a potentially very tiring week. Please pray for him. He’s also getting an MRI on Wed. to make sure that the pain in his hip has nothing to do with the cancer, as he had something show up on one of his first PET scans. Dr. Wilbur just wants to make sure…and so do we, of course. We are very pleased with her as our oncologist. She is very open to our thoughts and questions and really tries to listen to our desires and come up with her best suggested treatment. We just found out at this last appt. that her sister and father both have cancer. So she understands what we are going through and I’m sure that adds to her desire to do all she can and the genuine compassion she exhibits. We’re so thankful that God led us to her.

Juicing is getting harder, as Joshua hasn’t been able to help lately and it is very time consuming. We’ve been getting one round a day now for a few weeks. We try to make more at that one daily dose, but there are just so many hours a day and there are so many things to do. His appointment schedule is enough to make a healthy person worn out and we’re worn out before we even start. Good sleep is a rare commodity around here. We’re both going to have sleep studies done to test for sleep apnea. Anything to help sleep more productively. And we’re hoping the hydrocortisone will help boost those adrenals and get him feeling a little more energy.

Well, that’s the latest. Hope you are all doing well. We think of you and pray for you all in our nightly prayers together frequently. This has been a very precious time together that I think we both will always look back on as a real gift.

Love to you all,
Joshua and Kristi

April 2, 2012 - 10:10 AM

Rodger Routh - The eveing of the Bishop Dingman Peace Awards was wonderful. Joshua you are the perfect choice for this years recipient, and your personal sharing was spell binding. We are all so very greatful that you and your wonderful mother were able to attend. I will be posting your talk soon so everyone can hear your remarkable journey. Bless to you and Kristi as you continue down this path.

April 6, 2012 - 11:00 AM

Rodger Routh - https://vimeo.com/39739113

check this video out of Joshua’s talk in Des Moines in his acceptances of the Bishop Dingman Peace Award.
Here is the Bishop Gumbleton talk as well.
https://vimeo.com/39799101

NYC – Event this Sunday!

Dear Friends in and around NYC-

On Sunday, April 1st from 4-7pm we will be hosting an afternoon celebration and fundraiser in honor of Joshua at the Black Rabbit in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 

Over the next couple weeks in Iowa and Chicago, friends and supporters of Josh and his family are hosting events within their communities and online to raise money that will help cover the considerable expenses related to his treatment. We in NYC want to do our part and thought a wonderful way to honor josh and show our support would be a celebration of spring and old friends.  The Black Rabbit has food, drinks, and a wonderful patio that we may enjoy if weather permits.  Donations are encouraged, and we will enter you into a raffle pool for some fun prizes! We encourage you to bring friends and spread the word-please email Hannah (hilten703@gmail.com) with any questions and if you plan to attend so we may gauge expected attendance.
 
http://www.blackrabbitbarnyc.com/blackrabbitbarnyc/hme.html
 
Many thanks, Hannah (ilten) Robertson and Jeff Tomsic

In depth interview about cancer, faith and diet.

This interview is about 30 minutes long and gives a good picture of the juicing process Joshua goes through. He juices twice a day and it takes him 2 hours each time. But its keeping him alive! This gives more insight into the spiritual journey that Joshua has been on, what the diagnosis and care has been like, the role that juicing is playing in his fight, and other topics too. Thank you to Roger Routh, for putting this video together. I think it gives people a connection to Joshua and his journey that they otherwise might not ever get. We’re so appreciative. Enjoy!