Happy birth-of-a-new-chapter day!
What began as Ramón's birthday ended as the day he was diagnosed with cancer. While we knew May 7, 2019, would be a special day since Ramón was turning the big 4-0, it became *extra* special extra quickly. Here's what we know so far:
Ramón has Acute Myeloid Leukemia, cancer of the blood/bone marrow
Initial chemo (starting May 9) will involve 30 days of inpatient care at Emory University Hospital Tower (Hematology/Oncology unit)
What comes next will be determined by additional tests
Given his age and otherwise good health, we feel optimistic
We're still fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (http://fightcf.cff.org/goto/drew) because, despite his valiant efforts, Ramón isn't gonna outshine CF Awareness Month. (You all would be appalled by the things we're saying as we try to out-sick each other; let's hope humor helps!)
Note: While flowers are lovely, they are not allowed here due to the compromised immune systems of many of the patients. We also need to keep visitors to a minimum so as not to jeopardize Ramón's treatment given his increased risk of infection.
Thank you for your love and support. In the meantime, we'll be focused on Ramón's health and wondering what he'll look like when he loses his hair. (You know you were thinking it!)