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My Story

I was hospitalized on July 22, 2013 following several days of illness and having my temperature spike to 103. I was eventually diagnosed with West Nile Virus. This inflamed a previous undiagnosed condition called Myasthenia Gravis a rare autoimmune disorder. This lead to a life threatening crisis that included meningitis and encephalitis. The result was several weeks on life support that included tube feedings and a tracheotomy to sustain my breathing. A tumor was found in my thymus gland that required surgery. In the mean time I developed pneumonia in my left lung. Surgery on September 26th included removing the tumor, my thymus and the lower lobe of my left lung. I spent 8 weeks at Northern Colorado Rehab Hospital and finally returned to our Fort Collins home on December 10th after close to five months of hospitalization. This blog chronicles my journey from initial hospitalization to the present status of my recovery.

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Ken Summers posted a new journal entry, "Following the Cloud".

Today was a significant day for me at Northern Colorado Rehab Hospital. I was joined with State Representative Perry Buck in presenting a tribute honoring Northern ... Read more

Ken Summers added a new photo.

Ken Summers posted a new journal entry, "Caution: God's Word at Work".

I can't believe I got stuck in my garden again without my cellphone! I was doing so well. I'm glad that my physical condition is better. I was able to scoot along the ... Read more

Ken Summers posted a new journal entry, "Our Heart - His Home".

I got up early this morning and joined the Larimer County Republicans for breakfast. They invited me to come and share my experiences with West Nile Virus and some of the ... Read more

Ken Summers posted a new journal entry, "Mountain Size Trust".

A few weeks ago at the Western Conservative Summit, it was good to run into Ron and Amy Stephens from Colorado Springs. Amy and I served together in the Colorado House and ... Read more

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Ken Summers posted a new journal entry, "Never Say, Never".

Today as we were traveling to Lakewood we found ourselves at a stoplight right next Raimund Ruf. Raimund is a friend a former church member from Dakota Ridge Church and ... Read more

Ken Summers added a new photo.

Ken Summers posted a new journal entry, "Stay the Course, Keep Your Eyes on the Cross".

I have been reading through old CaringBridge posts to review what was happening during my early days and weeks of hospitalization. As I have done this I have been reminded ... Read more

Ken Summers added a new photo.

Ken Summers posted a new journal entry, "Life-Long Learning".

I think I experienced some fatigue today from my schedule yesterday. I did have my massage appointment which resulted in discovering some tighter muscles and joints than ... Read more

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