My Story

Welcome to Ken's CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about Ken's progress. Get started by reading the introduction to our website, My Story.

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On October 18th, 2010, Ken was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  It was a complete surprise!  Ken immediately began aggressive chemotherapy.  Ken wasn't able to leave Marquette General Hospital for almost a month.

On October 31st, Ken and Kathie's daughter, Krissy, and her husband, Chris, gave birth to their first child, Cody.  He was such a blessing during an otherwise difficult time. 

In late November, Ken and Kathie travelled down to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, to seek more specialized treatment.  Ken was going to need a bone marrow transplant.  Ken's only sibling, Howard, very willingly volunteered to be tested for a match.  Unfortunately, he wasn't.  The doctors started searching the national donor database.

While waiting for a match, Ken underwent more chemotherapy and numerous blood transfusions while staying at home in Marquette, MI.

On January 14th, 2011, Ken and Kathie received the great news -- they found a match!  Ken and Kathie were told that they needed to be in Rochester, MN, by February 1st.  They are preparing for an estimated three month stay.

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ken godfrey posted a new journal entry, "Update".

Today was a challenge.  I did not feel good and almost did not go into work. I decided to go to work and after being in there about one half hour I felt a lot ... Read more

ken godfrey posted a new journal entry, "Quick Update".

Still not feeling good.  Hopefully this will get straightened out.  Ken, Beth, etc. got a new dog at the humane society in MQt. yesterday.  I am sure they will get ... Read more

ken godfrey posted a new journal entry, "Update".

Not feeling good at all.  Have been to the Dr., and for blood tests that Mayo wants.  Can not get the MRI till 6pm tonight.  Quite different than Mayo where they would ... Read more

ken godfrey posted a new journal entry, "Hospital Again".

Was in the hospital again.  They released me this afternoon and Kathie drove me home.  They have stopped my driving, using large machinery, no walks on my own, and not ... Read more

ken godfrey posted a new journal entry, "Good day till ...".

Yesterday was a ver good day visiting family and friends till about 3pm when I lost my ability to talk.  A couple more episodes and my nephew, who a urologist in ... Read more

ken godfrey posted a new journal entry, "Very Good Day".

Busy, but very good day.  Stated out with meetings, entire staff meeting at 12:30 and light lunch followed.  Two meetings this afternoon and a Marquette General Hospital ... Read more

ken godfrey posted a new journal entry, "Corrections/Apologize".

I would like to clarify that I am not strapped for money.  We are doing just fine and will continue to do fine financially. I also want to apologize to President Wong ... Read more

ken godfrey posted a new journal entry, "OK Day".

The day wasn't going bad till I was told that I would still be limited to 15 hours per week.  Very, very upsetting to me.  I worked 8.5 today and I will only work 6.5 ... Read more

ken godfrey posted a new journal entry, "Great Weekend".

Very busy weekend at the resort, but a very good one.  Saturday was very busy as usual with all the change over, and that night was busy in the lodge as well.  Today ... Read more

ken godfrey posted a new journal entry.

Left right after my appointment at 11am (only took about 45 minutes) and drove back to Wisconsin.  I got very tired driving and almost asked Kathie to drive, but made it ... Read more

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