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Oct 24, 2018
Welcome to the Tom Krueger CaringBridge page. On behalf of our father, his three children (Jack, Randy and Penny) have set up this page to inform you of his situation and to provide regular updates. Dad has expressed his wish to have family and friends kept apprised as he undergoes treatment for Stage 4 cancer.
How did we get here? At the end of 2017 and into January, dad experienced a few falls in his home in Canton GA. Those falls resulted in trips to the ER. It was during one of those trips that a scan was performed during which, in addition to a few broken ribs, it was discovered that dad appeared to have a small mass on one of his kidneys. Further investigation into that mass would wait while dad recovered from the fall injuries in a rehabilitation facility, in Canton.
It was decided around this time that mom and dad would move to an assisted living facility in Charlotte, NC (Waltonwood). This way they could be closer to sister Penny and would receive immediate attention if required. They live in a very comfortable apartment, within 1 mile of Penny.
Part of dad's regimen at the facility is physical therapy. Experiencing back pain after therapy, he would get more scans and tests that revealed the cancerous lesion on his kidney. Expanding the tests revealed that cancer spreading to his lower back/lumbar region.
Upon receiving the diagnosis of cancer in early September, the doctors have suggested dad undergo radiation treatment. This treatment began on September 25, and will last two weeks. So far he's doing well. Hopefully the tumor shrinks and his back pain is reduced. His radiation treatments are to take 10 days (M-F) and then we'll get a new evaluation.
Penny is providing invaluable assistance to both our parents. Being in Charlotte as dad goes through this has been a godsend. She shuttles dad to many of his treatments, and helps both he and mom with whatever they need. Dad also has some outside resources to assist him with the hospital trips and daily needs.
So this is where we are today. We will provide updates as it makes sense to do so. Please send your well wishes to dad, as he will be reading them!