Benz Update

July 28, 1991

Still suffering from mouth sores, diarrhea and other effects of radiation and chemotherapy, he has been having some good days, the Rev. Bert Benz said Friday from his hospital room at the Markey Cancer Center, University of Kentucky, in Lexington.

"Right now, I'm doing pretty good," he said. "Yesterday was a good day, but last night was a bad night, and today is mediocre. The doctors are saying nothing is going on that isn't expected. It's just not pleasant."

Benz, pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Hampstead, has chronic myelogenic leukemia. The 47-year-old pastor received a bone marrow transplant July 19 after doctors removed more than a quart of the liquid from his daughter, Lauren, 12.

He now must wait two weeks to see whether his body accepts Lauren's marrow and is enduring the effects of radiation and chemotherapy treatments that destroyed his cancerous marrow before the transplant.

Benz said he was able to eat solid food Friday morning -- a breakfast of scrambled eggs -- for the first time in four days. But because of his diarrhea, he said, doctors prefer to wait a while before he tries food again.

"I said, 'Oh, but it was so nice to taste food and have it go down my throat instead of (the intravenous feeding).' It tasted good."

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