Houston officer with cancer puts others first
TULSA - A man battling the odds only a few could handle chose to help others before himself.
On the second floor of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in South Tulsa, room 29, it's chemo day for Bert Ramon.
"They did a scan and told me it's stage four. It spread to my lungs - to my liver and then my lungs," said Ramon, a Houston native.
He has stage four colon cancer.
"You ask yourself 'why me,' and then I was like, 'why not me?'"
His wife Cindy by his side from the start.
"I said not him and I'm looking at him going, 'not him, not him no way'," she said.
Every two weeks the Houston couple travels to Tulsa and sits through treatment, drop by drop.
"People tell me you should go home, relax and I was like, no way."
But Bert can't keep his feet up long, itching to get back to work next week.
"I didn't hesitate at all. I mean, I got in the water, got wet, whatever needed to be done."
Every day since Sunday he wakes up, not a cancer patient.
"A friend of mine sent me the picture of him and I went, 'oh, he's standing in water!' All these things start going in my head because of his condition," his wife said.
A Houston Police officer facing Hurricane Harvey on 24-hour shifts.
"The children stuck in my head, and each child is different. Some were shocked, some were happy, just seeing the fright in their eyes," he said.
The devastation, the worst he's ever seen.
"He came out in his boxers, a shirt and one bag with the walker just coming out there."
Based on the balloons at his bedside, he's a hero, but Bert won't accept it.
"Maybe I can inspire somebody, or inspire people."
"Bottom line, God is in control. That's it. God is in control, so we just go one day at a time with his guidance. That's all we can do," his wife said.
Both he and his wife head back to Houston soon.
Bert expecting to be back to work as early as Monday.
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