Mike had been diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. It is a debilitating disease both physically and mentally. Lewy body dementia, also known as dementia with Lewy bodies, is the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's disease dementia. Protein deposits, called Lewy bodies, develop in nerve cells in the brain regions involved in thinking, memory and movement (motor control).
Lewy body dementia causes a progressive decline in mental abilities. People with Lewy body dementia may experience visual hallucinations, and changes in alertness and attention. Other effects include Parkinson's disease-like symptoms such as rigid muscles, slow movement and tremors.
He’s recently been moved to an Assisted Living facility as 24 hour care and supervision are needed.
Mike has also played softball with the Gift of Life since the beginning of its conception.
On December 6th I had a life altering experience. I fell from a ladder and was transported by ambulance to a waiting medivac helicopter. I was taken to ThedaCare hospital in Neenah, a level two trauma center.
My diagnosis was a T-10 spinal fracture with a severed spinal cord, with traumatic brain syndrome. After multiple surgeries I was kept in intensive care in an induced coma on a ventilator for several weeks.
Thanks to all the Physicians, Surgeons, Nurses, Nurse Assistants, Respiratory Therapists, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Speech Therapists for their dedication and care. I was discharged after nearly a two months stay.
Thank God I was blessed with a loving wife, Penny who stood by me and has taken excellent care of me and has supported me. The journey was long and hard with many Physician visits and outpatient therapy. I feel very humbled by the outpouring of help from family, friends and even people that I don’t know. A special thanks to those who helped to make the alterations to my home to make it possible for me to come home. I am now a paraplegic with chronic nerve pain.
Last summer Dale went to the doctor for a check up. Upon some testing it was learned Dale had prostate cancer. Dale started some medication and treatments for his prostate and through further testing it was also discovered he had rectal cancer.
It was decided to remove his prostate and to have surgery to remove the rectal cancer. Dale has started radiation treatment for the rectal cancer as well.
The doctors decided to perform the rectal and prostate surgery at the same time. There were some difficulties with the surgery which caused a longer recovery time. After the surgery was completed a check up on the cancers was performed. it was then learned the cancer traveled into Dale's bloodstream, which means the cancer is now terminal. Dale is now receiving chemo in hopes to maintain the cancer.