Ron's Stoic Journey of Pain
Organized by: Tim Coughlan
Letter of thanks from Ron and Marie to all of you.
June 11, 2016
EVENT DATE Apr 28, 2016
Ron Semenoff has been a wonderfully decent and giving man as long as I have known him. Since 2011 he has suffered a series of medical challenges and unfortunate accidents which have devastated him physically, mentally, and financially. As a good friend of his for many years, we have had the tradition of meeting for breakfast every 4 or 5 months and over the past two years I have seen this good man gradually been ground down by the weight of his suffering and the burden of the family responsibilities that he is now unable to fulfill. And yet, each time I see him, he has stoically soldiered on, always maintaining a smile and always trusting that “the good Lord” will somehow provide for his family during this rather long, rough patch. A few days ago however, Ron called me and calmly told me that by the end the week, the bank would begin the process of foreclosing on his home as he is sinking in over $5000 in overdue mortgage payments. Unable to work more than the odd day since December 2013, Ron has exhausted his savings, his credit and is in dire financial straits. On behalf of Ron and his lovely wife Marie, I am humbly requesting the support of the community. Ron is a good man. If you can help Ron to save his home from foreclosure, buy Ron some breathing space while he is unable to work, and literally buy him some time so he can focus on fighting his cancer rather than fighting the wolves at the door, Ron Semenoff and his wife Marie would be forever grateful. …Kindly read Ron’s details below. Details of Ron’s journey: It all began in 2011 when Ron was rear-ended in a horrible car accident which has left him with severe spinal vertebrae, disk, and nerve damage in his neck and back. The results are chronic and occasionally disabling pain in his neck, upper and lower back. Ron is slowly losing the use of his right arm, and he has continuous pain in his right hand, elbow and shoulder. There was some brain damage, cognitive impairment, and mental impairment. Since the accident, Ron has developed daily panic attacks, something he had never had before. As a result, his work (counselling and lecturing ) has suffered as he goes through long periods of being unable to physically and/or mentally work. To further complicate his health situation, Ron was diagnosed with Follicular Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in June 2013. He underwent extensive radiation and chemotherapy for the Lymphoma. If that wasn’t enough on his plate, in late 2014 Ron was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. He had a full removal of his Thyroid in June of 2015. In July 2015 Ron found himself with a perforated colon and had emergency surgery. After a prolonged hospital stay Ron contracted life threatening septicemia (blood poisoning). This resulted in a serious delay in his ongoing Thyroid and Lymphoma Cancer treatments. Late in the fall of 2015 Ron’s Thyroid Cancer was upgraded to a rare and aggressive form of Thyroid Cancer Papillary Carcinoma Hobnail Variant. He is currently battling this cancer which has spread in spite of having a full Thyroidectomy. For today, Ron is grateful that at least the Lymphoma is in a state of remission. Finally, I have known Ron Semenoff for over 14 years. Ron and I worked together at Bishop O’Byrne High School in Calgary where Ron was a chaplain (his wife Marie is currently a teaching assistant with Calgary Catholic School Board), we accompanied our children through the 4H program together, we went on canoe trips with our children, snowshoeing in the Rockies, and cowboy poetry fundraisers. Ron stepped up and supported my son when he was going through an adolescent rough patch for which I will be always grateful. Again, Ron is a good man. If you can help Ron to save his home from foreclosure, buy Ron some breathing space while he is unable to work, and literally buy him some time so he can focus on fighting his cancer and not fighting the wolves at the door, Ron Semenoff and his wife Marie would be forever grateful. Thank-you and God bless, Tim Coughlan