Russ’s Story

Site created on September 18, 2018

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.

On Saturday, Aug 18, 2018, Russ Sierra and myself went to see our family doctor after hours. Our doctor told us Russ had a tumor in his left lung in the region around his heart and it is between the size golf ball and a tennis ball. It also incased some arteries and a major brochyal tube. it is putting pressure on his heart and lung.  A few days later I took him to the hospital with chest pains. He was immitted for about 4 -5 days. On Friday, Aug 24, 2018 he had a biopsy done. Then Monday, Aug 27,2018 we received the confirmation call he has Non small lung cancer (Squamous Cell Carcinomas).   

The weeks that followed he was in the hospital one more time and doctor appointments with the oncologists.  The oncologists discussed treatment options.  

Newest Update

Journal entry by Tina Blackney

On Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 9:30 pm We were going to bed and Russ started having trouble breathing. He told me to call the EMT's to take him to the Hospital. He had minor heart attack (Acute on chronic combined systolic and diastolic congestive heart failure and Acute respiratory failure with Hypoxia). The treatment plan is to perform a heart cathitor and add to medication routine. Three new medications are Furosemide (Lasix), Lisinopril (Prinivil), and Magnesium oxide(Mag-Ox). Now we add a cardiologist to his Care team. 

He said he still plans on fight this as long as he can. So all prayers are welcomed and thank for the love and care.

Patients and caregivers love hearing from you; add a comment to show your support.
Help Russ Stay Connected to Family and Friends

A $30 donation to CaringBridge powers Russ's site for one month. Will you make a gift to help ensure that this site stays online for them and for you?

Show Your Support

See the Ways to Help page to get even more involved.