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Road to a Stem Cell Transplant

Back in May of 2011 I woke up and my 17 1/2  neck was swollen to probably a size  20. This coming Tuesday, November 29th, I will be entering Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City for a stem cell transplant. A lot happened between May and November and I am sure a lot more is going to happen between now and Christmas and well out into 2012.

Writing this blog is as much to let my friends and family know what is going on as it is my own personal therapy.  It’s been a long trip that I would not have gotten this far had it not been for my wife, Susann, my friend Theresa, the folks at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital and the prayers and good wishes from my friends and family.

I am sure the Gemini in my will have me wandering all over the place, especially as I figure out how to use this blog.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I am sure I will enjoy writing it.


The address here is:

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

1275 York Avenue

New York, New York 10065

Room 835


Anyone local who might be interested in donating blood or platelets the address of the blood center is:

Memorial Hospital Donor Room

1250 First Avenue (Between 67th and 68th Street)

New York, NY 10065



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4 Responses to Road to a Stem Cell Transplant

  1. Diane Gedymin


    Wishing you all the best on Thanksgiving and during the coming weeks. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.


  2. Ed Lenk

    Hi Ron,
    My best wishes and prayers for a fast and complete recovery from this “thing”. When all of this is over, we can take that cruise we have talked about.

  3. Jenni Lucke

    Ron – I’m thinking of you and sending positive energy for strength and healing. I will be checking back to hear good news about your continued progress back to good health. We missed you at the SPHS reunion in Annapolis in September – can’t wait to see you at the next one so we can catch up. Love and prayers. Jenni

  4. Betsy Kraning

    You’re the best brother a girl could have. Never a dull moment. Lots of fun. Even going though all you’ve been through you are a model for us all of positive attitude and strength. You’ve been my best buddy for 60 years (even though I did get you blamed for everything I did wrong. I’m sorry about that.)

    You’re always strong for everyone else and please know this time everyone’s here for you and with you. You’re in my thoughts and prayers constantly. Sending you lots of healing, positive energy.

    I love you ,

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