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Six months later, Srur back on scooter

By Staff | May 3, 2019

“I had headaches. I was tired all the time; I was not me.” — Rick Srur

Six months after a cancer diagnosis put Rick Srur’s busy life on hold, he’s back on his scooter and visiting friends in downtown Rugby.

“I can’t sit still. I’m bored,” Srur smiled on a recent visit.

Srur marveled at the increase in his energy level since he was diagnosed last fall with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

He said he began feeling run down late in summer on his maintenance job for the county. “I had headaches. I was tired all the time; I was not me.”

Srur said he would take over-the-counter pain medications for his headaches, and they’d work for a while, but his pain soon returned.

Srur said Dr. Steve Schoneberg of Heart of America Medical Center referred him to Trinity Medical Center, where a biopsy confirmed a cancer diagnosis.

Doctors told Srur his form of cancer was curable, and a flurry of medical appointments and aggressive chemotherapy followed.

“We did methotrexate and R-CHOP,” Srur said of his treatments. R-CHOP, an acronym for Rituximab, Cyclophosphamide, Hydroxydaunomycin, Oncovin and Prednisone, is a drug combination used in chemotherapy to fight his type of cancer.

“They’d do the one, then they’d switch them,” he said of the two treatments.

“I just toughed it out,” Srur added. “I got really tired. The R-CHOP got me more tired.”

“I lost my hair and my moustache,” he noted, adding with a smile, “It’s coming back.”

Srur said he’s grateful to Rugby community members for their support in his battle against cancer.

“Craig Zachmeier he was helpful in getting me rides, and flights, and getting everything lined up,” Srur said. “And Jennifer Zachmeier and just lots of people,” Srur continued.

Srur smiled, “(I’m) grateful for all the fundraisers, and the breakfast (organized by the Rugby Volunteer Fire Department) was great. And (Rugby American Legion Post #23) they were great. I just want to thank everybody who pitched in.”

Srur also thanked North Dakota District 14 Representative Jon Nelson and his sister Dee Dee, who lives in Minneapolis, for helping him with rides to appointments at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

“When (Dee Dee) gave me rides, she kept saying, “Dad would want this for you,” Srur said. “I could cry just thinking about that.”

Srur said Dee Dee and Jon Nelson’s late father, Leland Nelson, was a Pierce County commissioner years ago.

“I also want to thank my cousin, Mike Srur. He lives in Burnsville, Minnesota, and he gave me rides. He would take me to the train station, and he bought tickets for me at the depot.”

“And through it all, Mother Teresa, she was tough!” Srur chuckled, explaining his nickname for his mother, Teresa Srur. Srur has lived with his widowed mother for many years and takes care of her.

“People were going in to see her, and she’s doing fine,” he said.

Srur said he was due at Trinity Health in Minot next week for more tests to check on his progress. “I feel good, so” he noted optimistically.

Srur said he’s keeping active per his doctor’s instructions, and hopes to return to work soon. He said he no longer works for the county, but “I have some things lined up, maybe.”

In the meantime, Srur said, he plans to stay active.

“The Scooter Boy’s out!” Srur said as he waved goodbye and continued on his walk.

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