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!