September 2013 Ken had a severe life threatening auto accident. Their number one goal at the time was to focus on getting Ken healthy again. However, there was a spot they saw on his liver that needed to be checked out at a later date. It was January 2014 when we were told that he had liver cancer.
In December of 2015 Ken received a liver transplant and everything went very well. After 5 months a lump developed on his chest which was biopsied. His liver cancer had spread to his sternum and then throughout his body to other bones.
Ken had severe sciatic pain & underwent spine surgery in March of 2017. The pain was fixed, but the outcome was a weak left leg which restricted him to a walker or wheel chair.
April 2017 the cancer began to progress, but in June he felt good enough for a long awaited 10 day trip to Alaska with Beth & sons, Roger & Daryl. It became a trip of a life time! We flew into Anchorage, rented a minivan and began our adventure. The Denali tour was a spectacular highlight. After that we spent a lot of time on the Kenai peninsula in Seward, Kenai, and Homer eating all of Ken’s favorites…….crab legs, scallops, halibut, salmon, clams, reindeer sausage, oysters….you get the point?
Since Ken’s initial accident in 2013, he went on several other trips. Ken & Beth spent a couple of months during winter in AZ & NM. Music was enjoyed on a drive to Nashville, Memphis, & Branson. There was also a family vacation to Dominican Republic that was very special. Beyond that multiple road trips and time at the cabin. Not many of the granddaughter events were missed either. Reality set in that time spent together is the greatest thing anyone could ask for.
Most recently in September, Ken was having chest pains. He was hospitalized for a week with anemia, small heart attack & congestive heart failure. He now gets short of breath with minor exertion.
We whole heartedly appreciate all of the wishes & prayers from all of you!