George Karl
George Karl · Jun 23, 2011 at 10:15 pm · Published
Celebrating a Healthy Life

Hello Everyone - we wanted to update you on George's progress since his treatment which ended one year and approximately 2 months ago. He has come so far in his recovery process from his head and neck cancer having three clean PET Scans. His last scan was June 17 - positive results is always reassuring. We continue to try to eat as healthy as possible - still eat out too much and they are working on us to change that habit. George also had remarkable results with his immunologist (T cells/ B cells) on his last visit and he said he didn't need to come back for six months. We continue to...
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George Karl · Nov 29, 2010 at 9:04 pm · Published
Celebrating Life

Just got done celebrating my first Thanksgiving with most of my family here in Denver and decided to write a letter of celebration to the hundreds of emails, messages and prayers that have been sent my way through this blog and website.

First, to Kim for living her life and most of my life for me through the tough months of my treatment.   She was an angel to do what she did, never can I thank her enough for giving me 3-4 months of daily love and care and support and also running the house and family in such a classy way.  I'm blessed because of her love she showed me with her daily...
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George Karl · Aug 10, 2010 at 8:59 pm · Published
A Busy Month for George

A lot has happened this past month for George first of all honored by Hoops for St. Jude being presented the George Karl Award for Courage in Sport and also honored at the ESPY's receiving the Jimmy V award for Perseverance, both awards being very deserving. Besides the awards he has had a successful tube removal on July 20 being able to get all of his nutrition through the mouth. He is experimenting with many different types of foods to see what works and what doesn't! It seems that soup and salads have worked for him in the last couple of weeks. The most important news is that...
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George Karl · Jul 10, 2010 at 8:53 am · Published
Traveling George and New Addition

We have been on the road traveling these last couple weeks with stops in Olympia, WA, visiting Kelci, Jackie, Kienan and the new addition Cinaiya who was born last week. We had a great visit celebrating Kienan's 2nd birthday and the birth of their 2nd child. We spent a week out in Washington hoping to get a chance to see the new baby and it worked out where we were able to get two days with her. It was very exciting!! We returned to Denver on July 4 and George was back on the road to Las Vegas for the summer league on the 8th. He is starting be able to eat a few more solid foods or...
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George Karl · Jun 16, 2010 at 9:13 pm · Published
George 2 months out from treatment

George looks great, feels he is getting stronger and is eager to eat regular food again. He is swallowing his calories mostly liquid nutrition and a few cans through the feeding tube. The mucus is still an issue- some days better than others!! We continually go to the hospital weekly to get his levels checked for his blood thinning medicine. He continues to be able to spend more time at work and we also traveled to Milwaukee and Neenah this past week to see family and friends. We have a busy summer ahead of us and look forward to our adventures.
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George Karl · May 17, 2010 at 2:37 pm · Published
Update on George
I just wanted to give you an update on how George is doing since his return from the hospital. His energy level is starting to slowly come back, nutrition is still mainly from his feeding tube with an occasional sighting of peaches being swallowed. He has tried a few other things which usually ended with - I'm not ready for that! He has gone into work a few times and is getting out an about other than just the doctor visits. The major complaint is still the mucus which seems to be never ending. We usually have to go the doctors office a couple times a week yet to get his INR checked...
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George Karl · May 4, 2010 at 10:06 pm · Published
Looking forward to going home!
George is still in the hospital but is expected to come home tomorrow. He woke up yesterday with a very swollen left knee which bothered him most of the day and the doctors were still cautious about him being able to get out of bed due to his clotting right leg so he was bed ridden since Friday night and going a little stir crazy. It is tough being in the hospital and being confined to your bed so he was welcoming his move from the bed to a chair. We were hoping to be able to come home today but the swelling in his left knee caused him from bearing any weight on the leg so the trip to...
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George Karl · May 1, 2010 at 2:25 pm · Published
Recurrent Blood Clot
Mid Afternoon yesterday George mentioned his big toe hurt in the morning and it felt swollen so we didn't want to take any chances I called Dr. Saari and he set up to have George get an ultrasound on his leg to find out if he had any blood clots and it turned out he has a blood clot in the same right leg so he was admitted to the hospital to break up the clot. They put in the filter again which they just removed two weeks ago for safety precautions - this keeps any clot traveling to the lungs and heart. They also did the procedure so the heparin is draining into his leg to dissolve the...
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George Karl · Apr 24, 2010 at 5:39 pm · Published
Visiting the Team
Driving to the Pepsi center to see the team this week I asked George how he was feeling and he mentioned he was nervous since he hasn't seen the guys for a couple of weeks. It all went well - when he returned home he had a big smile on his face. I believe it definitely was a pick me upper for George to be able to see everyone. He said he went around and spoke with them as they were stretching and then watched practice for a little while before coming home - a lot of smiles and hugs went around. George is still struggling with the mucus and sure is wondering when this will disappear....
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George Karl · Apr 20, 2010 at 8:46 pm · Published
18 Days Out
George is 18 days out from radiation and is starting to turn the corner in his recovery process. We spent most of our morning yesterday meeting with the doctors and they all seemed very pleased with his progress. His skin is starting to heal and he is regaining some of his energy. He actually had a few canned peaches and pears this week - Not a lot but it is a start. We still continue to hydrate him everyday and he always feels better after it. I also know he is feeling better because he is starting to become more self sufficient - which is definitely helping me!!! Thanks again for...
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