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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.

Thursday, August 18, 2005


Good scan... still hurting :(

Ryan hasn't been 100% for the last couple weeks and appears to be getting weaker each day. He has had bad headaches, pain in his abdomen to where he doesn't want our arms around his tummy, nauseous, and arm fatigue. He couldn't sleep last night and is feeling sick this morning. It's "Doughnuts with Dad" today at school, but in a weak little voice he told me he couldn't go.
After reading the full page of tiny typed possible side effects of Accutane, it certainly contains all of Ryan's complaints. Some are: increased pressure on the brain, joint and ligament pain, and liver damage just to list a few. He has just one more round of Accutane to go, like all of his past treatments we are praying there is no permanent damage to our little guy's body. We will be speaking with his doctor today to try to nail down the origin of all these symptoms. He has decided to have a yard sale this weekend to make some money to get more Power Ranger gear. I think he mostly just wants to have a yard sale. He is excited about making a sign and having people come by, even if his only customers turn out to be nanny and grandaddy. Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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