I have known Ronni since we were in jr high school and we became good friends after I gave my heart to Jesus.
She is one of the most Kind hearted people I have ever known. It doesn't surprise me the kind of person she is with the mother that she had.
Ronni hasn't always had the easiest life, but she remains to be a Kind, Tender hearted, Positive, Loving Unconditionally, Uplifting, Funny, Joyful human being. She is so talented on so many levels and her Voice, she has such an incredible singing voice!
I Love Ronni so MUCH! I know that SOOOO many people Love and Adore her as well! I don't understand why she has had to go through all the hardships that she has had to go through or why she continues to have to endure them, but one thing I do know about Ronni is that she is a Fighter, a Champion, she is a Warrior and when I read Jesus sermon on the mount, I think of Ronni today. I know her rewards will be so incredible in Heaven but as she said, "I am overwhelmed and humbled by your responses. When I had the stroke & Tias, they gave me a 1.5 years. I'm still here so don't write me off yet, ok? You all know I'm a scrapper. I'll probably be the last one of us left, but even if i went today, I'm peaceful and good with it. Sincerely."
I want to help Ronni, as well as I know many of you want to help her, so I created this GoFundMe to help Ronni financially. To help her mind be at ease and to help her rest. This is our opportunity to Help her and to minister to her financial needs. We have the opportunity to rise up and Bless our AMAZING sister and to help her when she needs us the most.
Thank you in advance for your donation, love, support, and most importantly for every prayer you send up to God for Ronni.
For those of you who did not read her post or who are not friends with Ronni, here is the post that wrecked my heart as well as I am sure, everyone's heart on her Facebook friends list. Here are Ronni's words..
My dear friends, David asked that I update you. Thank you for checking on me with him. When I left Mark, it was a difficult time. Traveling each week to Florida as a mediator was a good fit at that time until my first cancer was discovered. I remember laying alone in the hospital when the doctor told me that they had found a mass larger than a grapefruit and they wanted to prepare me for surgery. They kept saying, "You have cancer" as if it wasn't registering with me. I told her that I had 2 hours to drive to my next town and I was expected in court early the next day. I wanted to finish my responsibility and go home. I needed to be near to the people I love and that love me. Without you all, I didn't think I would make it.
No woman enjoys a mammogram but I had mine faithfully every Spring. I had also made a deal with myself that anytime anyone mentioned one, I would do a self exam. Although I hadn't missed my Spring mam, in December, I found a small bump. My doc got me in the next day to the cancer center. The ultrasound was done first by one doctor then another who looked at me and said it again and again, "You have cancer." This time it was harder to take.
Before the surgery, they said, you probably don't have the gene, but lets do the test just in case. The night before my surgery, they confirmed that I did have the gene. They asked if I wanted the full mass. If I did, they would have to reschedule so that the plastic surgeon could be present. I had already worked out the days off from work and had everything in order at work so we proceeded. I was told that the growth was caught early and that more than likely it wasn't aggressive or in the lymph nodes but it was both of those things. When they started the radiation, they combined it with chemo. (Something that they are now doing.) I would go to work at 6 or 7 and leave at 12 to go to radiation. There were days that I simply couldn't get out of bed. My arms and legs wouldn't work. I began falling and couldn't connect thoughts. They took away the chemo until after my 49 daily radiation treatments. After that was complete, they started me again on the chemo, but I started falling again. I pretty much stopped driving.
I'm still on the meds. Life has become increasing difficult. If I can make it to work, its hard to make it through the day. I go home and its straight to bed. Most weeks I miss a day or two of work. They have been so kind and helpful, but I want to be there. The people and laughter that we share motivates me to keep pushing.
I finally told the doctor that I was going to stop chemo. He said that the cancer I have is a severe one. It would resurface again in another area in a form that they couldn't treat. He said instead of 3-5 years, he was trying to get me 7-10 of life (from surgery date). I told him if this was the quality of life that I would experience, it was not really living. He talked me into another session of time. I took a few weeks off on my own and I started to be able to think again. I started the meds again 2 weeks ago when I found a bump on my side. I wasn't able to work the last couple weeks. I drove myself to the hospital and realized that I was only driving 40 mph. At this week's appointment, we had another hard conversation and he agreed that my body needed some time off. He wants me to start again next month. That was a couple days ago. The cobwebs are already starting to clear. I will not be going back on.
The financial burden and trying to keep things in order is overwhelming. Admittedly, depression is something that is hard to deal with right now. For those of you that always see me smiling, that may be hard to believe. Some of you say I'm strong but you're wrong. Everyday, I look for the joy. It's always there, just hard to find sometimes. I'm thankful for every smile that you give me, my precious friends. I try, but I've never been good at telling you all how much I love and treasure you. I have been blessed to have you in my life. Thank you for always being there Cindy, David, Lori, Steve, Linda, Tina, Lisa, Jim, Denise, Diane, Mike, Chelsea, Ty, Caleb, Matt, Jana, Jenn, Jill and so many more of you. My mind's still fuzzy! Thank you for helping me to see my way out of an abusive relationship and find my independence. Every time I walk in my house or get in my car, I thank God. Thank you for your love. You will always be in my heart and my prayers.
I told Ronni tonight that GOD put it on my heart to set up this GoFundMe for her. She is uncomfortable because it is hard for her, I explained to her that this is an opportunity for the the Body of Christ, and all of her friends to minister to her financial needs right now and that she needs help. She needs the stresses to be eliminated financially so that she can rest...
I pray that GOD will do exceedingly Abundantly above all that she could ask, think or imagine. I pray that GOD Blows her away!
We Love you Ronni!
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