My greatest team ever


From: Jack Rader

A year ago, in March 2016, I had a bad fall in an icy parking lot. After the fall, I experienced severe pain in my left hip, and since I had a hip replacement nearly 20 years before, the medical focus of my doctors was on that hip.

However, X-rays showed no structural damage to the hip joint. Eventually, the search for the cause of the pain was expanded. Cancer was found in my lower back near the left kidney on my psoasis muscle. It was Large B Cell Lymphoma and involved three different types of cancer cells.

I went through eight cycles of chemotherapy at Gundersen Lutheran Health System, and my cancer was brought into remission. In March 2017, I went to the Mayo Clinic and had a stem cell transplant. One hundred days after my discharge, I went back to Mayo Clinic and a PET scan showed I was cancer-free.

I would’ve never had this result without the help of the tremendous medical staff at both these hospitals. I was treated like family by all personnel at both facilities.

I believe in the power of prayer. I believe that the volume of prayers sent for a successful recovery played a major role in mine. People who sent prayers and concerns for my health, along with my family and medical personnel, made me feel part of a special team. It was overwhelming, and I cannot find the appropriate words to express my thanks.

I was fortunate to be part of many athletic teams as a participant or coach but, for me, none of those teams can match “my greatest team ever.”


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