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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.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Ryan officially re-joined the Swim Team yesterday. He was so happy to be going to practice. He had to quit last year mid-way through. He had a little fever yesterday morning and stayed home with me. Maybe there was a hint of selfishness on my part. It was my birthday, after all :). It is so really great to have our lives be chaotic the way they used to be and not because of cancer. As crazy as it sounds, it is comforting to be running from the orthodontist, to soccer, to a band performance all within a few hours. Ryan doesn't have to go back to the dr. for a month!! Wow!! I won't miss the 3 highways. Ryan always wants to know when we hit each one. Thank you all for your encouraging posts and e-mails.

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