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Welcome to Ron Ryan’s CareBridge site.

The week before Christmas, Ron went in for his annual physical exam and came home with a glowing report! But in mid-January, he felt a small lump on his shoulder at the base of the neck. When it was still there a week later, Ron returned to his GP who ordered blood tests and a CT scan. The blood work was all good, but the scan showed a large mass surrounding five arteries. A biopsy identified the mass as B-cell Non-Hodgkin (NHL) lymphoma, and Ron was admitted to the oncology unit at Swedish Hospital that afternoon.  A PET scan detected lymphoma in the glands of the upper chest and in the bone of the sternum. The first round of chemo was administered the following day.

Ron is home now and has taken a leave from his position as Pastoral Coordinator at St. Anne Parish as he and his doctors consider the next steps. His loved ones, family and friends have surrounded him with all their care, support and encouragement. Ron says he is feeling very peaceful, and is deeply aware of God’s presence and love through the many people who are praying for him. Thank you!

We will use this site to share Ron's updates, and you can write messages of encouragement in return. Please feel free to follow the site in order to keep updated and show your support. Every comment and prayer is appreciated!

Newest Update

Journal entry by Ron Ryan

Last Thursday was Dad's sixth chemo, the final round of the series that began with his diagnosis in February.  [WARNING: Do NOT say anything to Dad like, "Wow, that really went by fast!"...]  Once again, everything went well, though each round has left him feeling more fatigued.  Otherwise no major complaints.

In August another PET scan will be done to determine what effect the chemo has had and what the next steps will be.

In the meantime, your continued thoughts, prayers, and good wishes are greatly appreciated.
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Jordan Casey | Apr 16, 2018
Ron, I am so sorry to hear of your news. I am even more sorry that it has taken me this long to find out. I hope you forgive me for my recent absences and my delayed reaching out.

I will be thinking of you and awaiting updates on your progress. Know that you are loved and supported by so many - I truly can't explain the impact that you've made on me over the last 4+ years. You hold such a special place in my heart and have ever since I joined St. Annes through RCIA.

Praying for you and sending you tons of love.
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Steve & Paula Albright/Cipolla | Apr 3, 2018
Hi Ron! Trust you had a joyous Easter! (In case you can't have chocolate, I'm happy to have an extra share for you ;-0 Well, maybe i will anyway! I won't hold it against you for liking milk chocolate more than dark, by the way) Do you have dietary restrictions? Hope you could feast on Easter. Shared time with family??? We were with Nick, Lisa & their gang. Nice to be included as part of their extended family. (They're always so generous). Best to you
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Rozella &Bob Van Meter | Mar 29, 2018
Bob & I saw the new movie,  Paul, Apostle of Christ, this week at the AMC theater downtown. We recommend it. Tells St. Paul's story from St. Luke's POV, during Paul's imprisonment in Rome and the struggles of the early Christians. Excellent quality filming & acting. Well told. Perhaps you'll feel like going to it soon. The Holy Season is upon us. We wish you well.
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kathy kirschner | Mar 28, 2018

Hi Ron,
Well, if it would make you feel any better about your hair, I can recall losing all of mine due to chemo, and I looked exactly like Jesse Ventura.  Every time I answered the door and saw my reflection off my storm door, I would remark to whomever was there that I was his "doppleganger".  It was scary! 
Hope that made you laugh?


Anyway, you are in my prayers.  Stay strong!

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Peggy & Eric Orse | Mar 28, 2018
Dear Ron,

The Letter you wrote that Father shared at Mass took us all by shock.  The silence and quiet that followed was testament of the love your congregation has for you!  You could feel the prayers being sent your way. We weren't sure of the best way to reach out to you, and then Amy passed this our way.

Know that you are in our prayers.  Please open yourself to letting others help you, as you've always been the caretaker, now it's our turn!!!  I'd bring you some cookies, but thinking that's probably not what the doctor would be ordering!  Please if we can do anything let us know!  I appreciate getting to follow you via caring bridge, but look forward to seeing you in person someday soon!

All the best,

Peggy & Eric Orse
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Sue Greiling and Rich Greiling | Mar 23, 2018
Ron:  We're glad to hear/read that you're enduring well the numerous treatment regimens.  Understand from Mike and Colleen that you've been patrolling the halls of the office to ensure things are tidy and that people are working hard.  Hopefully that doesn't mean St. Anne's is getting along without you!
 
We're so looking forward to our pilgrimage, but a saddened to know you won't be there (physically) as our teacher and mentor. Do know that we all will be thinking of you, and praying for your continued recovery.  We'll post a photo or two along the way, and keep you in our prayers.   Best always, Sue & Rich
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