Ron Zellmer

First post: Jan 11, 2019 Latest post: Nov 3, 2019
As I start this journal, I am always reminded of the number of friends and family that continue to pray for us on our journey.  God has blessed us in so many ways.  
I'll start from the beginning, as everyone does not know the full story.
about 5 years ago Ron was diagnosed with bladder cancer. During those years he felt fine, but had a few tumors removed.  His cytology from the urine would be "suspicious" or "malignant", but he continued to do well.  About 6 months ago he started having problems with bleeding from the left kidney.  It could cause a lot of pain as the clots would obstruct his ureter.   As this problem continued, a decision was reached to remove the kidney, which we felt would stop his pain and bleeding.  As a work up was started a routine chest x'ray showed multiple tumors in his lungs.  It was like someone punched us both.  We did not even consider this.  A pet scan followed which showed a large tumor in each lung, small ones "to numerous to count" in both lungs, a tumor in his liver, and one in his left kidney.  
Ron didn't think he wanted to do chemo and be sick for the time he had left, but he agreed to see an oncologist.  Dr, Ewing gave us hope that he could improve the quantity and the quality of time for him, so Ron agreed.
Monday was his first treatment.  The staff at the infusion center are all awesome.  They have made us feel comfortable from the beginning..  We are now at day 4, and no nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea yet.  In fact we just got back from In-And-Out for lunch.  We hope this continues.
We also spoke with many people about CBD( medical marijuana) for Ron to help him sleep.  That seems to be the biggest problem at the time.
Nights are so long when you can't sleep because of pain, so we are willing to try.  His doctor said many of the patients have used this with good success.  Hopefully it will help Ron.
Thanks to Sandy for reminding me of this journal.
Please feel free to write Ron a note now and then

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