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Kurt's cancer story: From fighter to survivor

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We've been fielding your phone calls and messages asking about Kurt. He's conquered cancer and will be back soon after he's recovered from major surgery.

Even from the hospital bed, he's still with us and shares his journey through chemotherapy, kidney removal and why he's happy he's gone through it all.

His son, Colton, moved to Lubbock from Seattle for the summer to spend time with his dad during his cancer challenge.

"I knew it was going to be a tough journey from the beginning and I just knew that I didn't want to be 2 thousand miles away knowing that I could do something and that I didn't and so I wanted to come home and be something he could lean on and something he could depend on because I felt that it was the right thing to do," Colton Kiser said.

Kurt had his surgery at MD Anderson in Houston. A place he says treats patients and their families with respect and care.

"I feel really blessed to be at MD Anderson. I get emotional talking about it. They're great. These are good people. They've taken amazing care of me. Doctor Matin is a great doctor, he sees this all the time he's done this several times," Kurt said. "I've been so impressed with MD Anderson and I can't say enough good things about the care they give."

Kurt has the support of his entire family. He visited his son, Jason, in Australia before surgery. He stayed with his oldest son, Chris, in The Woodlands while he was at MD Anderson.

"I think outlook is really important, I see it from a little different perspective so you've handled it really really positively and have put the most positive spin that you can on everything about it and so I see it from the opposite perspective because I feel like it balances all of us out," Chris Kiser said.

"I think the big thing through this has been how good my dad's attitude's been," Colton added. "You know he's always a positive person and he's been positive through this whole thing and it's really important and it's definitely helped me feel a lot better." 

Kurt says he's relied on God more than ever before to help him through the process of chemo and surgery.

"And I'm not going to lie to you, there's scary parts. I mean having cancer's not fun, having chemotherapy is not fun. Having surgery is not fun. But there are things that are necessary if you want to keep living and I want to keep living," Kurt added.

For his son Chris, he says cancer is something to be beaten.

"It's an illness unlike the flu and unlike a cold, but in a lot of ways, it's just a more serious case," Chris said. "So to me it's not something to be feared. I also have a higher degree of respect for it that it really does impact your life and it changes the course of your life, but it's really up to you on what that course is going to be."

While he says the journey wasn't easy, he wouldn't change his path for any reason.

"The high point of this has been the people that I've been able to meet. People that I never knew, who have been tremendously encouraging to me, people sending me messages and prayers and I'm honestly the luckiest guy in the world because people have reached out to me covered me in prayer, covered me with love that I never have felt before in any way. And it's very humbling I don't feel like I deserve it, but that's by far the best part of this. It's been a neat experience and it sounds funny to say it's been a neat experience but I absolutely would change one thing from what I've gone through because the good and the bad have both led to a tremendous story. And I'm looking forward to being not just a cancer fighter, but a cancer survivor," Kurt said.

Kurt will go through regular checkups to make sure if the cancer does come back, it's detected in it's early stages. He's taking his recovery day-by-day and the FOX34 family can't wait to have him back.

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