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Scot had hoped to be back to work by now, but he has not made as much progress as we would have liked. This is going to be a slower process than we planned and therefore when some wonderful people reached out to ask if they could hold a benefit, we said yes.

Scot still is relying on his G-tube for nutrition and I believe it is daunting for him not to be able to just eat. I know that it frustrates him as much as the excess phlegm and crap that he coughs up. He continues with therapy and is making small gains.

On a positive note, when they put the scope down his throat, they could no longer see the mass that they could before. On the down side, Dr. Speer did say there still was a nodule on the side of his neck (but that could be anything, too uncertain at this point). We go back to the U of MN later this month, until the PET scan, we play the waiting game.

There comes a point when you have to swallow your pride and accept any assistance you can. We appreciate the continued support of our family, friends, and community as we could not have made it this far without all of you.

You should be seeing fliers on facebook or in your communty for an upcoming benefit for Scot. We are currently looking for auction items! If someone would like to donate a silent auction item or basket to be on the auction the night of the benefit, please contact Summer O'Neill at or 320-579-0095. We can arrange pickup or meet you if needed. Mark your calendar for September 29 and come support the Hagen 5.

For now, I will continue to pray for simpler times, easier days, and a less hectic schedule. For those that are curious, I don't make a very good lefty. My right, broken radial head is not stopping me. Even though I may not remember what happened that day, I passed my concussion testing with flying colors and at therapy for my arm today I am already at 21% flexibility. Sheer determination can get many things, you just need to want it bad enough.

Faith, Hope, Love

Hagen 5

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