Update on My Stepfather Ron

Recently, I spent four weeks with my mom and stepfather in Cleveland, Ohio. My stepfather, Ronnie, went into the VA hospital in July because he was turning yellow. Initially we were told that his doctors had found a dime-sized tumor in the duct going into his liver as well as a quarter-sized tumor growing on the outside of his pancreas.

Two days after the discovery of the tumors, he got very sick and needed emergency surgery to remove his gallbladder. It was completely gangrenous. After the surgery, his heart went out of rhythm, there was internal bleeding and swelling (he gained 45 pounds), his kidneys began to shut down, and he contacted a C. diff infection. All of these complications set the doctors back from a plan of action for his cancer surgery.

Ronnie came home a few weeks ago. His appetite has returned, the swelling is down considerably, he is regaining his strength, and he is recuperating.

He had a PET scan this past Tuesday (September 3), and today we were told his cancer has not grown or spread. We were also told there is just one tumor in his pancreatic duct rather than two. After one more scan and a meeting with his chemo doctor, radiation and chemotherapy will begin to target the tumor. This will last for 5-6 weeks. If the tumor shrinks away from a major blood vessel, this will make surgery possible. This is the goal of his doctors.

Please keep my stepfather, Ronnie, in your prayers. MORE THAN ANYTHING, he needs to know Jesus as his Savior and Lord. I look forward to the day when I share with all of you that he has accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior!