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Around the first of June, 2018, Ron’s energy level began to drop and he felt tired all the time. He went to our PCP who did an exam and ran a full scale of blood work. Some of the labs were not good so a CT scan of abdomen, pelvis and chest was ordered. Results there revealed a large mass on the left lobe of his liver and two small nodes in his chest. From there a liver biopsy was done and we met with an Oncologist a few days later who said the results were an adenocarcinoma (type of cancer cell) was prevalent in the bile duct area of the liver.
A brain MRI and PET scan were ordered. Praise the Lord, the MRI was normal and the PET scan showed no signs of cancer anywhere else in his body (besides those two small benign nodes in the lungs). Cancer completely contained in the liver as mentioned above. There are some other low-density masses scattered throughout the right liver lobe but small and still contained INSIDE the liver.
Next step was for a surgeon to install a port placement in his chest. Chemo treatments will follow as soon as this is done. He will then go every two weeks to receive a chemo treatment at the clinic and wear home a “fanny pack” of meds that’s connected to the port. He will wear it for two days, then return to the treatment center for them to disconnect the pack and clean the port.
He has lost about 15 lbs. since the first of June but still has a good appetite, just eating less. He is not on any special diet or restrictions because the doctor wants him to EAT to keep his strength up!
Per Ron’s request, the Oncologist did give him the normal life expectancy on this type of cancer but also stated he was not in control of that! No matter what the circumstances, we both know we have an Awesome God who can do anything and turn any situation around where no human being thought was possible.