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Aug 5, 2017 Latest post:
Oct 30, 2017
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Over the last several months Ron had just simply not been feeling very well. For a guy that is 82 years old, he still was getting on the treadmill everyday, read the paper, had his coffee and was out the door and to the office by 8. It wasn't anything specific, no pain or fever, it was just an overall feeling of fatigue, some weakness and not quite right. He had been recently diagnosed as a diabetic and as a result gave up many of his much loved sweets like ginger ale and pecan sandy cookies. He was losing weight but thought that was a result of his new diet. As the weight loss and fatigue became more extreme, the doctors decided to do further testing. Blood work led to ordering a CT scan which showed spots on his lungs, liver and pancreas. Sadly, after a liver biopsy, it was determined he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
As the saying goes, when it rains it pours, and unfortunately Ron contracted sepsis just days after his cancer diagnosis as a result of an infection in his foot that spread throughout his body. He spent 6 days in the hospital hooked up to IV antibiotics and another 2 weeks of medicine from home.
We are working with a team of doctors at Swedish in both Pallative care as well as Oncology and feel he is in good hands.
He had his first round of chemo on Monday (August 1st) and will have chemo every Monday for 3 weeks, with one week off. The goal is to shrink the tumors so he starts to feel better. They will keep this course of treatment for the next 5-6 months, and hopefully it will be working so well that we sign up for another 5-6 months!
In the meantime, he is chomping at the bit to get back to work!
So when you say your prayers, if you could add a little extra one for Ron we would all so appreciate it! We will keep you up to date here and feel free to reach out with a note, phone call or a visit to both Lou and Ron! They love you all so much!