My Story

I am a Colorado native and husband to Debbie, an RN Hospice Nurse. We have two adult children Christian (married to Bridget) who live in Lakewood and Stephanie (married to Nathan) who live in Atlanta, GA and six grandchildren. Most of my career has been in Christian pastoral ministry. I served churches in Strasburg, Colorado, Colby Kansas and Lakewood, Colorado.

In 2006 I was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives where I served for six years. The last two years I served as the Chair of the House Health & Environment Committee. During this time I also served as the Executive Director of Teen Challenge of the Rocky Mountains a faith-based residential drug and alcohol recovery program. (www.tcrm.us)

At the end of my legislative service in Jefferson County, we moved to Fort Collins my wife’s home town the last weekend of June 2013.

I was hospitalized on July 22, 2013 following several days of illness and having my temperature spike to 103. I was eventually diagnosed with West Nile Virus. This inflamed a previous undiagnosed condition called Myasthenia Gravis a rare autoimmune disorder. This lead to a life threatening crisis that included meningitis and encephalitis. The result was several weeks on life support that included tube feedings and a tracheotomy to sustain my breathing. A tumor was found in my thymus gland that required surgery. In the mean time I developed pneumonia in my left lung. Surgery on September 26th included removing the tumor, my thymus and the lower lobe of my left lung. I spent 8 weeks at Northern Colorado Rehab Hospital and finally returned to our Fort Collins home on December 10th after close to five months of hospitalization. This blog chronicles my journey from initial hospitalization to the present status of my recovery.

To look at previous post and pictures from Ken’s hospitalization go to http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kensummers

One Comment

  1. Rhett Dacus
    Feb 20, 2014 @ 16:22:18

    Ken,

    Just a note to tell you that we have been praying for you for months as the Lord brings you to mind and heart, and have checked in periodically to watch your process through the trials, challenges and healing. Your courage (and your families) and faithfulness has been inspiring. Your message through this are real, transparent and transformational.

    This world breaks our bodies and even our minds over time as we journey through life, and all of us eventually return to the dust from which we were created…some flame out quickly and some of us just rust out… but by the power of Jesus in us, life and its tragedies do not break us, but transform us into who we are and are becoming in Him.

    Your life, struggle and victory are telling His Story, in a way that will touch many who might otherwise remain oblivious. Pain and suffering are uniform to everyone and I believe that yours will open doors for you to share that would never have opened otherwise. That does not make it easier for you to go through, but hopefully easier to understand as you look back on it.

    I regret losing touch with you for so many years (just hearing about you). You were a good friend and companion in my early experiences with God-life in Jesus, and it is good to see you persevere and prevail through the strength of your Redeemer.

    We will continue to pray for your complete recovery. Keep the faith.

    When you are strong enough to be out and about, or down in the Kansas (Aurora) area of the metro, it would be fun to reconnect. If not, we can spend as much time as we want doing so later (we have eternity after all).

    Blessings and Healing in His Name.

    Rhett

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