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Ken was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in April 2018. Doctors had hoped he could have surgery to remove the cancerous tumor from his pancreas but due to timing, Chemo and Radiation was the recommended route to go. Despite six weeks of chemo treatments and two weeks of radiation, tests indicated that the tumor was still growing, so with the recommendation of the oncology team, Ken decided to stop all cancer treatments. Ken is home and in the Hospice program. We have a great nurse coming in twice a week doing checkups and monitoring medications to keep Ken feeling comfortable.
Ken has been losing his energy but he still enjoys playing board games with the grandchildren and watching old movies on the tube. He has enough energy to socialize and really appreciates the many phone calls and visits he has received. At this time, Ken doesn't have much energy to travel so the hospice nurse has suggested that visiting should happen at our house. Just remember that the famous Ball of Twine is only a few miles away, so it gives you another great excuse to come to Dassel. Plus, he has lots of beer in the fridge that needs to be drank.
We have received so much support from our friends, family and loved ones. Everyone has offered so much help and are always asking how can they help. The things that have helped the most are hearing from you.
Ken has been battling cancer since 2013 which started out as lymphoma. Since then, the cancer has continued to find a way into his lung, bladder and now the pancreas. Ken has had great doctors and support from the VA medical center in Minneapolis to help him fight this nasty disease called cancer. Through it all, he has remained a pillar of strength and positivity. He's often given that same advice to other people fighting cancer. "Stay strong and Stay Positive." This is not the journey that we had hope for, but we have learned a lot as we've gone thru it. Together is how we have gotten here and together is how we will get through this. We couldn't have done this without everyone's love and support. We are very thankful to have so many special people in our lives.
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