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, "Strength for the Journey".

Debbie and I enjoyed breakfast out this morning. It was a little of a challenge navigating some steps at the restaurant, since I was just using my walker. Later, I went to ... Read more

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Ken Summers posted a new journal entry, "The God Who Roars".

Today Mason Munn (Stephanie and Nathan's oldest) officially turned seven. It was a full day of activity and Mason said, it was his best birthday ever! It started with ... Read more

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Ken Summers posted a new journal entry, "Right Message, Right Audience".

We had a good day today with activities around the resort. Debbie and I went to the miniature golf course near of condo unit. It was a simple course, that was handicap ... Read more

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Ken Summers posted a new journal entry, "A Firm Place to Stand".

This morning Debbie, Stephanie, Mason and Carter took off for Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom. That left Nathan, me and McKenzie to our own devices. So we traveled to a ... Read more

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Ken Summers posted a new journal entry, "Woe to the Wicked".

Yesterday as I was finishing my blog at DIA, they started the boarding call for our flight. This caught us off guard since it was about 20 minutes earlier than we ... Read more

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Ken Summers posted a new journal entry, "Eternal God - Everlasting Encouragement".

Why is getting ready for a vacation so stressful? I guess our expectations exceed the time we have to get things taken care that make us "feel ready to leave." I think it ... Read more

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