- 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.
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Thank goodness for the end of 6 rounds of Accutane (or, more accurately, craputane as Chandler's mom puts it). Ryan is sooo happy to be finally finished. He has always been aware of the scratch type marks on his face and really dislikes them. If he saw a mirror, he would have to stop and inspect his complexion. These 6 months have definitely been the easiest part of Ryan's treatment, but long and grueling. We started his day with his favorite breakfast then packed the kids up and headed to Lake Lanier Water Park. He absolutely had a blast. We cruised back home, got cleaned up, and headed to his favorite restaurant, Logan's ("the peanut place") with his grandparents. The picture is of him getting ready to down the last two pills. I will be happy not to have to unwrap them from their package. The packaging on these pills is unbelievable. I wish we could have had the incredible celebration that I have imagined for the last 15 months to mark the end of his treatment. We focused our celebration today on the end of Accutane, and we can celebrate again in a few weeks when Ryan's scans come back clear. I can deal with those little disappointments. Please keep him and all his friends in your prayers. We are looking forward to a normal week ahead . He has a soccer game on Tuesday night. I will try and post more pictures in a few days. We finished up a disposable camera at the park today! Thank you so very much for praying for Ryan and keeping our family in your thoughts. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan