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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, November 29, 2005


One Year, Already?

Just a quick update today. Will and Ryan are about to get home from school. Ryan is doing good in spite of his cough and congestion. We are working hard with the meds to keep it at bay. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving at my Mom and Dad's and then again with the Howards and the Butterfields. The picture is of Ryan and Lauren Howard McSwain. We missed Pat! Ryan goes back for a clinic visit on Thursday and will have his hearing re-checked. It is becoming more noticeable how much he isn't hearing quite right. He spelled one of the words on his spelling pre-test 'guys' instead of 'skies'. A high frequency hearing loss will affect sounds 's', 'f', and 'th'. He told me about -otosynthesis a few weeks ago. We are going to make a quick run by Egleston to take some treats. It will be the one year anniversary of Ryan's first stemcell transplant. We've come a long way, and don't ever want to go back. Please say prayers that Ryan's scans will be clear next week. We are looking forward to the Lighthouse Christmas party this Sunday. We hope to see many friends. Thank you, friends, for keeping a check on us and for praying for Ryan. I wish you all could know his spirit and his spunk. He has been such a gift to us. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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