While many of you have enjoyed Ron’s witty writing style through our annual Christmas letters, I will start my saying unequivocally that I do not share his talent but will do my best to inform you of our journey and provide a forum for your love and support. We are so deeply grateful for our wonderful friends and family.
Ron began having a pain in his upper chest when he coughed occasionally about three weeks ago (late September 2020). He was not sick with a cough or cold and had no other symptoms besides a pain in his jaw. He went to the doctor for the jaw pain in early September, received antibiotics for a possible ear infection and was referred to our dentist. He then used an OTC anti-inflammatory for a couple of weeks. He tried to get into the doctor again but was delayed because of a required Covid test because he mentioned the word cough. He did not have a persistent cough but only pain when he coughed occasionally.
Ron switched doctors and had a physical with his new Internal Medicine provider. His labwork all came back fine. A CT scan of his chest on 10/6 revealed a suspicious 4.5 cm mass in his right lung. Ron had an Endobrochial Ultrasound biopsy, a PT scan, and a brain MRI in Boulder. While the biopsy was inconclusive, the PT scan showed cancer spread to his pelvis and ribs. The MRI showed a small tumor in his cerebellum. We are shocked and saddened by this news but are determined to fight this. With the help of my brother in law, Clint (retired Cardiothoracic surgeon), we decided to seek treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and arrived here this week.
He met with doctors yesterday and today. We feel very fortunate to be here and optimistic about his treatment. We are hopeful that there is a Targeted therapy for his lung cancer type (10% of lung cancers are non smokers). Ron has a needle biopsy through the chest wall next week and will simultaneously begin radiation treatment for the brain tumor.
I apologize if you are hearing about Ron for the first time today . Our life has turned upside down lately.
We feel very comfortable here in Houston, our home from 1991-1995. We are actually less than two miles from our old home and have wonderful friends here.
Please keep Ron in your prayers. I so appreciate your support.