After being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in January, Lambert resident Rocky Nelson and his family are looking to the community for support.
In December, after noticing some changes in his vision, Nelson attributed that to his diabetes. He noticed that he was having shortness of breath, lack of energy and just overall felt fatigued. Nelson made an appointment with his general practitioner, telling him that he didn’t feel well.
“I didn’t know if it was walking pneumonia or bronchitis,” Nelson said. His blood sugars were averaging 130 but when he was checked in Circle, his blood sugar was in the 500’s. After leaving Circle and heading for Lambert, he missed a call from his doctor.
“Everyone in eastern Montana knows you don’t get good service between Circle and Lambert. We had a message on the machine that my doctor wanted me to go to Miles City,” Nelson explained. Once in Miles City, doctors had him sent to Billings.
Nelson noted that he knew something serious was going on when he arrived in Billings and was taken to the cancer center. Once there, a biopsy was done on Nelson and within a week he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
They started treatment 12 days later on Jan. 23, after all his tests had come back. For the following four weeks, Nelson was undergoing chemotherapy and treatment. He was released from Billings Cancer Center on Feb. 18, but was told to stay in the area.
Nelson said, “Last Thursday they told me my cancer was in remission.” He is now doing outpatient chemotherapy on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, twice a day for the next three months.
In an effort to help the family with all of the medical expresses they’re facing, a benefit is being held to raise money.
There will be a chili feed and silent auction benefit on Sunday, March 10, at the Lambert school gym from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Anita Mullin, one of the event’s organizers, said, “There will be a chili feed, cheese and crackers, veggies, and cookies and bars. Each grade is making a basket for the auction too.”
Some of the baskets that will be included in the silent auction are an ice cream basket, with an ice cream maker and the mixings to make ice cream, a coffee basket with a Keurig along with items to go with it, a baking basket, a Pink Zebra basket, a booze basket from Plentywood’s Gold Dollar Bar along with a Montana Silversmith’s necklace, and a hand made quilt and afghan.
For more information about the benefit or to donate items to the silent auction, you can contact Anita at 406-774-3741, Kathy at 406-774-3462 or Pennie at 406-774-3455.