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Location: Athens, Ga, United States

Our son Ryan was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma in 2004. In 2007, my wife Missy was diagnosed with stage 2 triple negative breast cancer. On July 8th, 2009, Missy lost her battle to this horrible disease. 2 days later, on July 10th, Ryan also lost his. Together forever, they both watch over our family now from the heavens above. Below is our families journey through Ryan's treatments, along with the joy and laughter we tried to instill into our daily lives. Those days helped us all cope with the pain and suffering that comes with cancer and it's deadly treatments. Both Missy and Ryan endured high doses of chemo, radiation and surgeries. Over 150 nights spent in the hospital and many, many more days. More transfusions than I could count. Yet both Missy and Ryan took on each day with a positive attitude and warm smile for all their friends. We miss them terribly. They will always be a shining light in our lives.

Monday, January 24, 2005


Slowly, but surely we are getting there

Today is Day +11 and Ryan's white count took a big jump to 1.01 after another drop yesterday. He will get platelets late tonight before they expire. He is feeling better. His mouth looks so much better. He tried some orange juice, but it has no taste and he just can't drink it. The docs mentioned this morning leaving at the end of the week. Awesome!! Our little neighbor, Ethan, is feeling better, too. Please say a prayer for this adorable little 3 year old with Wilm's Tumor, and for Tommy. He is just across the hall from us. He is 11 and relapsed after 4 years off treatment. His brain tumor has returned at the base of his spine. It is so frightening to think that after 4 years, it might still come back. That, I know, will be our struggle. For now, we have to take one day at a time and deal with the task at hand. We will go back to the Marriott for the weekend and home next week. In a few weeks, we will be turned back over to our wonderful docs at Scottish Rite, and they will set up our radiation. We will come back to Emory for that. Ryan is actually looking forward to getting "shot by the laser gun". He is a true Star Wars fan.

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