CANCER HERO: Cancer Hero: Ron Miller Leukemia/ Bone Marrow Transplant Survivor

The story of two bone marrow transplant patients, one support group and one awesome God. After Ron and Pam met at a bone marrow transplant survivor support group, Pam’s faith urged her to pray for Ron and his fragile spiritual walk. At one of the group meetings, Ron shared his battle of endless pain from a skin condition which eventually his doctors could find no further options for treatment. Referred to the National Institute of Health (NIH), Ron was unable to go due to financial reasons. At this point God knows that a miraculous act of love from humanity was what he needed.

So Pam lovingly went home that night spoke to her husband and her church who decided to support Ron.  Together they came up with $2300, including information on lodging and air flight, so that Ron could go. After receiving this gift, Pam and others encouraged Ron to see God in the middle of his situation.  Ron was overjoyed and brought to tears, feeling unworthy yet knowing a little bit more of how big God is. Here is Ron’s response letter:

“My mother went through cancer three times and remained very private about it.  The first was when I was a child, and the second when I was a teenager.  In truth, at those times, I never really understood the suffering she went through or how I could provide the support she needed.  Sadly, she ended her life with lung cancer at age 80- during those last days and months I spent as much time with her as possible and was holding her hand as she took her last breath- still never know if I was providing the full care and support she needed.

My journey with leukemia has been similarly private with family being the main source of support.  After transplant, I searched for other ways to share the challenges we all face with this cancer and have only recently found that there is other support – support that comes from the kindness and thoughtfulness of people that have always been there and that need to know nothing more than someone is in need.  I am grateful to have met each person and have learned a little more each time about the depth of caring and support that exists in life.  And perhaps most importantly, learned a little more each time how I might ‘connect’ with God-something missing from our family and my life- and lessen the ‘load’ that we all carry during this fight with cancer.    During her final months, my mother turned back (I say ‘back’ because she was Catholic and abandoned her faith after divorce) to her faith and read from the Bible.  I still have that Bible and the passages she marked before she died.

I wish to thank everyone in your church for including me in their prayers and considering my situation one that would benefit from their generosity. I have been in contact with the NIH and have an appointment scheduled although they cannot see me for a couple of months. Hopefully during this time the discomfort that I deal with on a daily basis may be minimized by learning more each day as to how a non-medical infusion- an infusion of faith- can help reduce the pain.

Regards,   Ron Miller”

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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