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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Inside Wednesday, July 17, 2013 Page 3 Denis Engen -- From page1 Walnut Grove man killed in auto accident "It's harder on the spouse," Denis says. "She deals with it every day. I do some pain, but she's got to handle it." Brenda's medical back- ground as a nurse was impor- tant, too. "Our best friend is an RN in Windom and she's been a very good support for us. Any questions, anything we need, she's there," Brenda says. The Engens story begins in March 2006 when Denis was diagnosed with colon cancer. After experienc- ing some rectal bleeding, he saw his local physician who ordered a colonscopy. More tests and another colons- copy confirmed cancer after which surgeons performed a bowel resection. However, the follow-up treatment was a struggle for Denis. For starters, he was involved in a clinical study for one of the drugs, one of the side affects of which is an acne-like rash all over his face. "It was very bad," Brenda says. "One of our grand- daughters asked, 'Why did Papa get a new face?' " "A lot of people asked me if I had been bumt in an explosion. It was bad," Denis adds. He remained on the drug during all six months of chemotherapy treatments, which were given every two weeks. As with many chemo patients, he would just be get- ring his strength back from a treatment when he would undergo another round. Most of the chemo treat- ments lasted four to six hours. However, the first one was seven hours long. "After that first one, it got better," he says. "But I got terribly dehydrated and mouth sores. But Dr. Cassel, when he was in Westbrook, came up with this mouth- wash -- potion -- and I got through that." After more than a cancer- free year, the "Big C" crept back into the Engens' lives in April 2008. A routine scan that was part of his colon cancer checkup as well as an ele- vated CEA report, a tumor marker, revealed possible cancer. He was sent to Mayo Clinic in Rochester where doctors found and removed four spots, or "wedges." Denis had another six months of chemo in Sioux Falls. However, he wasn't involved in a clinical study drug, which reduced the side affects. He was able to con- tinue his work at Schmidt Grain in Currie during this round of chemo. If there are blessings that come with cancer, Denis says he had one in June 2009, a lit- tle more than a year after his second diagnosis. His four siblings got together and held a benefit at Grace Lutheran Church in Westbrook. The Engens were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support. "That was the most hum- bling thing we have experi- enced," Brenda says. For most of the next five years, Denis enjoyed a can- cer-free life until his CEA began to rise in November 2012. However, the cancer wasn't found until just last month. "It took that long to find it. Dr. Keppen just kept on and on and on," Brenda recalls. "They had been looking in the pelvic/liver area because he had colon cancer and he was sure it was in the liver, but he could not find it. "On the CT scan, there was a little something he saw in the lower lung. So, he wanted a designated CT of the lung and they found two spots. They said, 'You're going back to Rochester.' " About a month ago, Denis had surgery to remove four cancerous spots on his right lung. While two scans revealed two and three spots, surgeons found four total. The CT scan also revealed two spots on his left lung, but the Engens realize that more could be found again when he has surgery, which was done Monday, July 8. Fortunately the cancer is a slow-growing type. "It's all been encourag- ing," Denis says. "Even though it's been a little pain here and there, it's been encouraging." The Engens are anticipat- ing more chemo treatments after this third round, but feel a bit more comfortable in knowing what to expect. Although chemo treatments were difficult during the first go-round, the Engens believe the chemo treatments will be much better this time. "Dr. Keppen said they have come a long way in the four years since he had last had them," Brenda says. But through three bouts with cancer, Engen remains upbeat. "You get a lot of time to think, whether you're in the chemo chair or resting at home, and I was thinking there has not hardly been a day since 2006 where some- body hasn't asked me how I'm doing or something," Denis recalls. "My fellow workers were calling all the time. "And we needed that. I especially needed that, the handshake or the hug." Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WALNUT GROVE -- The Redwood County Sheriff's office reported a 27 year old man from Walnut Grove was killed early Sunday morning in Walnut Grove. According to the sheriff's report the one vehicle accident was reported about 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Investigation revealed a.1998 Honda Civic had collided with a tree located inside the city park. Micky Seng Her (age 27) was trans- ported from the scene by ambulance to the Tracy Hospital. Mr. Her was later airlifted to Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls where he was pronounced dead. The accident was investigated by the Walnut Grove Police Department, Redwood County Sheriff, assisted by Walnut Grove Fire Department, Walnut Grove Ambulance, Tracy Ambulance, and the Lamberton Police Department. Oleson's Store... town council meeting Nellie Oleson chased her brother Willie, who had her doll, during the town council meeting causing quite a ruckus. Subscribe to the Sentinel Tribune 5aw The Dovray Cafe Shady Drive inn Hw 30 storden 507-455-3414 uko Like us on facebook 507-274-5352 Lmr'9 PARTY We strive to be the best place in town to have a drink, play pool or darts and meet friends, old and new. 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