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Great news for Ken at the Cancer Center!!! Praise the Lord!!!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Our trip to Philadelphia was delightful with a few light showers along the way. Ken got a great report from his doctors. His surgeon and his oncologist both did a complete breast exam. He goes back in August and has to have a mammogram at that time. It will be more than a year since his last one. Of course they only do it on his left side since they took his left breast with the cancer in it. (I will have to check and see if he gets a discount for half a mammogram.) lol!!! He is now two years cancer free!!! PTL!!!

I have to say that Ken loves all his doctors, nurses, etc. at the CTCA in Philadelphia. If I ever have the need for their services, I will definitely go there rather than any other cancer center including Pittsburgh and Morgantown, West Virginia, both of which are within an hours drive of us. The understanding and attitude of everyone there is absolutely fantastic!!! Everyone is treated like one of their family members.

We drive because Ken won't fly. If he flew, they would pay for his flight and mine would be half price. They pick you up at the airport in a limousine and return you in time for your flight home. In the winter time, they have a Humvee limo that they use. They put us up at the Radisson Hotel (we only pay $45 per night and they pick up the balance.) They have other places that you can stay but this is where they made reservations for us at the beginning of Ken's journey and we love it there!!! They also have a shuttle that runs and transports us back and forth from the hotel to the hospital. We get a breakfast buffet at the Radisson Hotel at no charge (other than we leave a tip) and free lunches and dinners for both of us at the hospital. They are currently building a hotel behind the hospital in Philadelphia. They are planning that staying there will be free to the patients and their families. They do all the tests and treatments you need on site and you see all your doctors in one building. They also have their own pharmacy. We love their setup. It is unbelievable!!! Ken and I have recommended it to several people. Most of them don't want to travel that far though. We treat it as a mini vacation for just the two of us.
I would recommend them to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer of any type.

I just wish more men would pay attention as breast cancer happens to men also!!! Most men don't believe that. I am so glad that Ken isn't afraid to discuss his breast cancer as it does bring awareness to more people. If men, as well as women, would immediately call their doctor when they notice anything different in or on their breasts, they can be treated and are often able to beat this cancer. Men and women can both do breast exams in the shower or laying on their beds. If you don't know how, you doctor can show you. It is really a simple procedure that can save your life!

Wishing all my spark family and friends a wonderful, happy and healthy weekend. Be sure to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you and give them a great big hug!!! We are never promised tomorrow and need to take advantage of every day!!! Enjoy whatever life brings your way.
Blessings, love and hugs,

Baby Z due December 15!!!
A safe trip to Philadelphia
Good news on Ken's visit at the Cancer Treatment Center of America!!!
My wonderful family and a loving husband. I love you!!!
Enough "bad" things to keep life interesting
Heat, air conditioning and electricity for our home
Plenty of healthy food
Thankful for each new day that I am given!!!
Unexpected twists and turns in our lives
God is in the "miracle" business!!!
Thank you, Lord, for your guidance and patience with me!
Too many positives and blessings to list them all here....Praise the Lord!!!

ADDITION TO BLOG: They do mammograms for men exactly the same way they do for women. (They use the same machine and everything.) The same is true for the breast exams.

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LINOVER 5/17/2013 8:31PM

    Glad the news for Ken was good! emoticon

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GEORGIAGIRL26 5/15/2013 8:08PM

    I'm so glad that Ken got a good report.
The Lord is so good! Hope that you have a good night!
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JANETELIZABETH1 5/15/2013 3:32PM

    PTL for the good news for Ken and you Helen!!

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CLOVER2 5/13/2013 12:12PM

  What wonderful news! I have seen the CTCA advertised on television and often wondered if it were as good as they claim. I guess they are!
You and your family are always in my prayers.
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DOROTHYBERO 5/12/2013 8:29AM

    So glad the news is good - Happy Mothers Day!

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MSFROGGIE 5/11/2013 9:40PM

    Praise to the Lord!!

That is great news. . . about Ken's good news and finding the treatment center. Glad to hear they are so caring and helpful.

I will add you both to my prayer list!

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DLIONALUM 5/11/2013 4:45PM

    This is wonderful news!!! I'm so happy for You and for Ken! :)

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    The cancer center sounds like a wonderful place. They certainly take good care of their patients. I'm glad Ken had the great report.

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WOWEETOO 5/11/2013 2:35PM

    glad to hear all the good news for you two today YEEHAW!!! i remember doing lots of mammos on men and lots of breast cancer and some deaths because back then the men were not treated as diligently as the women were..i don't know what they thought those things on their chest were anyhow..and the cancer center,,there will be more and they are tremendously great because that is what they specialize's like st judes and like childrens hospitals they specialize and they have time to spend just with the patien and not all the other stuff goiing on inthe world go ken and of course you my friend helen always!!!
the lady mary

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LYNMARI 5/11/2013 12:18PM

    Praise the Lord! Happy to hear of you good news. Have a wonderful Mother's Day! emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 5/11/2013 10:15AM

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So thankful for the good report for Ken, thank you for sharing with us!!!

Happy Mother's Day!

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DOTTIEJANE1 5/11/2013 9:24AM

    We serve an emoticon GOD . Thanks be to ,this is great news . Thanks for sharing all with us .

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NANCYPAT1 5/11/2013 9:10AM

    Praise the Lord - what wonderful news. Thank you for sharing this wonderful and inspiring story.

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GOLFGMA 5/11/2013 7:46AM

    Truly happy for you and Ken! emoticon

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RSSSLHB 5/11/2013 7:41AM

    God is emoticon

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MAURIZIA 5/11/2013 7:36AM

    Great news for both you & Ken. Hurray!!

As you know, I spend a lot of time talking with both men & women about breast cancer. More men are being diagnosed & receiving treatment, hopefully as a result of education for them as well as women. When I'm on the Hope Bus & a man comes aboard, I always ask if they do self-exams. I sometimes think, from the way they look at me, that I have 8 heads. I do it to use the opportunity to raise awareness about breast cancer in men as well, and try hard to remember to include both genders when speaking to groups.

What a great setup they have to make it easier for folks. Glad you went there.


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GHOSTFLAMES 5/11/2013 7:15AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon KEN THAT IS GREAT NEWS AND SUCH A GREAT PLACE TO BE TAKIN CARE OF.

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OBIESMOM2 5/11/2013 6:28AM

    emoticon so glad to here this!!!

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CBLENS 5/11/2013 6:07AM

    So many people don't realize that men can develop Breast cancer, glad things are going well for your DH.

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WINDSONG~ 5/11/2013 4:10AM

    I am so happy that today was a blessed day for the 2 of you.

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JANIEWWJD 5/11/2013 12:22AM

    Great news about your husband!!!! I love your sense of humor about the half mammogram!!!

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DEE107 5/11/2013 12:20AM

    woo hoo So happy and will still pray

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SUSIEPH1 5/10/2013 11:32PM

    Hi Helen and Ken.. That is wonderful news I am so happy for you both .. Live Love and be Happy my Darlings . Much love and thank you for all your support of Colin and I xx Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNIE924 5/10/2013 10:22PM

    So happy for both of you. Such wonderful news.

God bless.

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FROSTY99 5/10/2013 9:47PM

    Wonderful news. Great Mother's Day present-right/?? Sounds like a wonderful place and glad you found them.
Have a wonderful weekend.

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_LINDA 5/10/2013 9:32PM

    So glad Ken has been cleared!! That place sounds wonderful, really caring of their patients.
hope you both have a great weekend with this load lifted off your shoulders!
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LACEEJO11 5/10/2013 9:20PM


This is an amazing testimony of our GODS great love for us! HE is the healer!! PRAISE HIM all the day long...and all night too!!

I am doing the happy dance for you two sweethearts!! Doing it right now!!!

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NORASPAT 5/10/2013 8:59PM

    EXCELLENT news emoticon emoticon What a wonderful Mother's Day you will have. (((((HUGS)))))Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

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MILLISMA 5/10/2013 8:47PM


What great news to go into Mother's Day weekend. PTL for Ken's good news. You are so right the most men don't realize that they can get breast cancer also. I am so proud of Ken for speaking about it.

Have a happy, blessed weekend.

hugs and prayers for you and your family

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NELLIEC 5/10/2013 8:45PM

    I am glad for the good news. Praise the Lord!

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123ELAINE456 5/10/2013 8:36PM

  Happy that the trip went Well and Ken got the Great News that he did. Praise God for the many Blessings He gives Us. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Happy Mothers Day Weekend. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JIBBIE49 5/10/2013 8:34PM

    Happy for the good news.

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AUNTB63 5/10/2013 8:08PM

    Happy to hear the trip went well. Life is good and filled with blessings. Have a wonderful Mother's Day. emoticon

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LADYMARCIA1 5/10/2013 7:39PM

    So glad to hear that your husband got good news. I'm a emoticon survivor and count everyday as a blessing. Mine was Stage 3, estrogen positive with the Her-2-Nu genetic receptor. I have a good friend who started her chemo yesterday.
Let's pray for a cure to this awful thing! I just hate it.

May you and your family have a wonderful weekend, Happy Mothers Day and emoticon to your husbands continued Good News!!!

Ken is in my prayers emoticon .

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MAMISHELI53 5/10/2013 7:28PM

    My coworker's husband died of breast cancer because it was diagnosed so late. Glad for your DH! Shel

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1CRAZYDOG 5/10/2013 7:06PM

    so thrilled fo the great news. HUGS and Happy Mother's Day to you! HUGS

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