My name is Ronald Lee. I was born August 5, 1946, and died April 30, 2015, as a result of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident.
On the last day of April 2015, I was stopped at a red light sitting on my motorcycle when I was rear-ended by a tweaker at 50 MPH driving an ’87 Oldsmobile, rendering me with 25 broken bones. After hitting me tweaker ran on foot, but was caught by helicopter, and went to prison for a short time. I continue to serve my sentence in my tower of pain.
I was taken to the University of Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. During surgery on April 30th my heart stopped, and so was surgery. After being revived by Doctors the surgery was postponed a day for consultation.
May 1st, surgery resumed repairing my broken neck, back, sternum, clavicle, 7 ribs, 4 facial breaks, nose, and big right toe. I now have three-feet of Titanium rod and 27 screws in my neck and back, leaving me ridged for life, unable to turn my head in either direction left or right nor up or down. I was deemed totally disabled and retired before I wanted to.
The next major event was when I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in September 2016, and underwent surgery.
Having been exposed to Agent Orange while serving combat operations with the Marine Corps in Vietnam during the years of 1966/1967. I was then given a 100% Military related disability rating by the VA.
June 6, 2017, I was diagnosed with Stage 4, Extensive Small Cell Lung Cancer. Small Cell Lung Cancer is an incurable disease. We’re told this cancer has put me on death row with various time frames to prepare to die (again).
I married my best friend, Patty in March of 1995. We live in Volcano, California, and have since 2010. Our house started at 1,002 square feet, 1 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, with a two-car garage. The house has grown to a 1,620 square foot, three-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, with a four-car garage/shop with several outbuildings. Our house sits on 1.56 at about 3,400 feet.
We get snow in the winter and heat in the summer but the temperatures would be considered mild.
Our property is consumed with tall pines, cedars, oak, and various other species. The trees are so tall and thick our stars exist only by looking straight up. Our pets include a dog, canaries, and chickens.
We call our home “Chateau Three Fork”.Patty started an internet business in 2010 with an ETSY store at Chateau Three Fork. She designs, prints, and creates personalized decorative pillows.
In 2016 we added our own website. offering a more complete service and purchase options. Please feel free take a minute and visit our site Welcome Pillows.
My experiences and adventures of living here with Patty will continue being posted regularly, as I write regularly. I regard my effort to write as a hobby. I simply enjoy writing.
Having survived several motorcycle wrecks, falling 20 feet out of a tree, breaking my pelvis in two places, my left arm, cutting off my thumb, two cancers, and a lifetime of risk as a Marine, ’60’s Hippy, ’70’s College Student, Biker, Back to Mother Earth, marriages, becoming a Businessman in the ’80’s, to getting my first job as an employee in the 90’s, I’m inspired to write about some of these adventures, sprinkled among the daily events of our life here at “Chateau Three Fork”, located in the beautiful Sierra Mountains of California.
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