- Name: Ryan
- 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.
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Friday, January 28, 2005
There's no place like home
It is so awesome to simply lie in the floor in front of the fireplace watching Ryan sleep on the couch, without a pole nearby. Dr. Chiang let us come home today. Ryan is so incredible. Out of the hospital on Day +14 (the absolute earliest possible) and home on Day +15. He went with Les and I to pick Will up from school. Sitting in the carpool line, we could see his classmates through the classroom window. We just couldn't resist tapping on the window to say a quick "hi". They all ran to the window to wave and smile at him. He can't wait to go back to school. I have been in touch with his hospital/homebound teacher and she will be coming out to teach him at home until he can go back. Ryan's white count jumped from 7000 yesterday to 12000 today, which explains the pains he was having last night. That quick rise causes bone pain. We are hoping he is going to eat soon, but we have put him in charge of that. He always knows when and what to eat so he doesn't get sick. We are so very happy to be home and have us all under the same roof again. There, truely, is no place like home.