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Mikita on road to recovery

by Bob Verdi / Chicago Blackhawks
Stan Mikita, the Hall of Famer and Blackhawks’ ambassador, has great news to share with his legions of fans.

“It looks very clean,” Mikita said Friday. “That’s what the doctors told me, and I am very thankful. Jill and I always had a happy home, but it’s even happier now.”

Mikita was diagnosed with stage one oral cancer earlier this year. He underwent 31 radiation treatments at the base of his tongue, lost some weight over a period of months, but not his optimism.

“I was told at the start that the outlook was good,” Mikita said. “What they do now is amazing. The doctors, nurses and oncologists who treated me have been unbelievable. It’s been an emotional time for me, and after I went in the other day to be examined, and got the results, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. My weight is still down, but I’m gaining a few pounds back, and my voice is stronger. I’m playing some golf, if that’s what you call it.

"Most of all, I’m grateful to the people who looked after me and supported me. I don’t have to go back for 90 days, and I’m looking forward to the hockey season.” 
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