- 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.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Enjoying each and every day
I should never update in the middle of the night. I can't think straight. I wanted to tell you how much fun Ryan had being Kerri's assistant at camp. He is such a great helper. He handed out forms, called Bingo, and told everyone the rules for camp. We had gone over two rules before we left: no smoking and no bikes, skates, or scooters. He had wanted to take his bike so I had to get out the rules and show him in black and white! The pictures are from last night's soccer game and a special treat that was delivered yesterday. Our sweet nurse, Dawn, sent us a bouquet of cookies. He is taking one to school today for his snack!! The cookies are because we nominated her for a nursing excellence award that is being sponsored by the AJC and several Atlanta hospitals. They received over 200 nominations and Dawn is currently in the top 10!! I think they will name 3 winners at a luncheon on May 10. Les, Ryan, and I are planning on going to the luncheon. It will be great to see her again and I personally think she will win, but I have first-hand knowledge of what a great nurse she is. I plan on calling the clinic today as I haven't heard anything about Ryan's catecholomines yet. If I get any news I will post, and I am going the fix the link to Tommy's site. Please check on them and offer some prayer and encouragement. As always, thank each of you for checking in on us and keep little Ryan in your prayers. We are praising God everyday for Ryan's cure and the love and support from our family and friends. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan