In an exclusive interview with the Northern Colorado Gazette, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck explains how his recent bout with cancer and what he terms a miracle in being cured of the disease.
I think it helped my wife, my children and I to become spiritually stronger, Buck said. “One of the things it did is give us an opportunity to put things in perspective help us to appreciate every day that you live and everything that goes on around you instead of living life in such a rush.”
In March, despite felling healthy, Buck noticed some lumps that were on his neck. Following a visit to the doctor and testing, he was told the lumps were the result of stage 4 lymphoma. At the time he received the diagnosis his wife, Perry, was down in Denver where she was serving as a freshman legislator for House District 49.
“The diagnosis came as a surprise, or at least the onset of the disease did. I have to admit it was a low point in our lives, especially when doctors are predicting only a 40 to 60 percent survival rate,” Buck explained. “The timing was especially challenging with Perry being gone several days a week and her being a freshman legislator.”
However, while some may think the diagnosis could not have come at a worse time, Buck said he believes God’s hand was at work in the timing of this trial.
“My daughter, Kaitlin, had just graduated early from Clemson University and she was at home in January, struggling with why she was at home working as opposed to being out on her own when I was received the diagnosis.”
“It was like God had sent us a message that with Perry being gone several days a week and my daughter being home this gave us an opportunity to get closer. To us it was clearly God’s plan to have her there, and again that sort of hit all of us between the eyes as to what good fortune it was was to have her around.”
While many think of a District Attorney as being one who spends his day dealing with unsavory characters, Buck said the cancer enabled him to reaffirm the goodness of people in society.
“As a prosecutor, I’m often surrounded by the bad parts of our culture and it was just incredible to see how many good people called and e-mailed me, talked about praying for me and sent cards. It was just an incredible experience and reaffirmed my belief in the goodness of people.”
Buck, who attends the Greeley Wesleyan Church, said another source of strength during this time was the encouragement he received from his pastor and fellow church members.
“The church has been great during this time. Pastor Steve is a great spiritual leader who was with me during the chemo treatments,” Buck said. “I attended church services and tried to participate in activities as often as I could, but it was difficult because of health issues from the chemotherapy. It was just great to have people come up and hugging me and telling me they were praying for me.”
After being diagnosed in mid-March, Buck began a series of chemotherapy treatments on a 21 day cycle. Following the end of his third cycle, testing revealed that there was trace of cancer in his system. Buck said while he is grateful for modern medicine, he realizes his quick recovery is a miracle from the Lord.
“At the end of my third 21 day cycle I had this test and was told there was no detectable cancer in my system.”
“While I believe God has blessed me with great doctors and nurses, it is certainly unusual to go from stage 4 lymphoma to cancer free this quickly. I would call it a miracle, but I’m sure they would simply call it modern medicine.”