Driving to see Dad Cone: the beginning of the journey

by Sami

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At this very moment, we are in a car driving from Nashville to South Florida to be with Ricky’s family.

On Thursday night, as we were pulling into our community group, Ricky got a text from his sister that his father had a mass on his brain. Before he could even ask any questions, he received a phone call from his dad himself.

Dad Cone was calling from the back of an ambulance while being transported from Jupiter Medical Center to St. Mary’s.

At that point, all we knew was that he had been feeling off in the past couple weeks, with his vision, motor skills and equilibrium being affected. He went in for a routine visit to the doctor earlier that day and he proceeded to tell her about these strange symptoms that had suddenly come about.

Being worried about his well being and ability to drive on his own, she opted to put him in a cab and sent him to the hospital for a CAT scan. From the scan they discovered a mass in the right side of his brain that required immediate and more specific attention than Jupiter could provide…thus the transportation to St. Mary’s via ambulance.

By 11:30 Thursday evening, he was having an MRI with an additional CAT scan done the next morning that revealed that the mass was the size of an adult man’s fist. The doctor estimates that this fast growing mass had only been present for a few, short weeks, which would explain the sudden onset of his systems.

Upon hearing the news, Ricky immediately wanted to be with him and all the other family who was driving in to be by his side. Knowing there would be a lot of difficult decisions to make in the next few days, there was no other option than to be there in person.

There are more questions than answers at this point, but so many of you have started praying that we wanted to share what we do know. With so many people spread out over so many miles, we thought this would be a good place to keep an online journal of sorts to share updated information & fond memories.

Please pray for Rick Cone Sr. by name, as well as his immediate & extended family. At this point, we plan on being in Florida for the week, but of course that will depend upon what we discover once we get there. Thank you all for your love & support!


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Alisa Dellinger June 12, 2012 - 6:14 am

Ricky, I am so sad for what you and your family now must face. I will have your dad, you and your entire family in my thoughts and prayers. I enjoyed seeing the pictures of your dad posted here. I see where you get your beautiful smile. Enjoy every moment with him and know you get to continue his legacy through raising your wonderful kids. Take every moment in and this reminds me that we must slow down and not rush through life. Love you all. Please also send my warm thoughts to Sami.

Wanda Crocker June 12, 2012 - 6:08 am

You all have been in my prayers. May God’s strength be with you.

Rita June 10, 2012 - 10:12 pm

Praying for Rick and all the family!

Anita Halter June 10, 2012 - 8:16 pm

So very sorry to hear this. I’ll be praying.

Brenda June 10, 2012 - 5:40 pm

Know that I will be praying for Rick and for all of you. Love, ~ Aunt B

sami June 11, 2012 - 7:51 pm

Thank you so much Aunt Brenda – we treasure you and your family as well!

Betty Franklin June 10, 2012 - 5:25 pm

Dearest Rick: This is Charlie Brown our friendship started many years ago in Brother Anable latin class and has remained solid through hard times and good times. Rick life is a journey we have been so blessed to have had the privilege to have been loved and care for by precious Godly parents. Both of us have felt the loss of one of our parents that have stepped on that Heavenly shore. I am so sorry that you are facing this illiness. If I could tell you today that we know not what tomorrow may bring my friend but we can know with out a doubt that we know who holds the future. Rick you know we have had many talks and I am so thankful that Jesus loves us he care when our heart is breaking and is faithful even until the end. The bible tells us that God so love the world that he gave his only begotten son. That who so ever believeth in him shall have everlasting life. Rick go boldly before the throne of God give your heart to Jesus and walk with him every step of the way. Our goal in life is to make it to Heaven this world is not our home. My friend I want you to know today that I will continue to pray for God to meet your needs, give you peace, and comfort in these days ahead. Always remember that I care. Your friend Betty known only to you as charlie brown i still don’t you you gave me that name. lol

Cara DeFriece June 10, 2012 - 2:26 pm

You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Sandra Horton June 10, 2012 - 1:47 pm

Ray and I are going down to St. Mary’s this afternoon to see our old friend! We are praying for him and for all of the family! I know that this is a very difficult time for all of you. You are in our thought and prayers. We love you!

sami June 11, 2012 - 7:50 pm

It was such a treat to see you both – Ray even stopped by dad’s trailer tonight with your pastor – thank you!!!

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