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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, July 06, 2006


the medicine'snot working

We have been having a great week. Ryan has gotten in lots of play time. Matt came on Saturday and spent the night, and he went and spent the night at his friend, Max's house last night. We are going to take in a movie this afternoon since it is raining. I took him to see an ENT yesterday to see if we can't conquer this never ending runny nose. They did an x-ray of his sinuses and they looked cloudy (they're full of snot! duh??), so now they want to do a CT. I don't really want to put him through something else, but maybe they can figure out what is going on and put a stop to it. They did give him an antibiotic and a decongestant that he is to use in conjuction with the Nasonex. We are to stop the Alavert. Maybe this will work. Either way, we can certainly deal with it. It would be nice though to get a handle on the snot. We are starting to wrap up the swim season. Saturday is the state qualifying meet. Heidi and Will have a great chance to qualify, but Ryan's times are still not that competitive. His relay team had a chance, but one of the boys can't make it, so that's a bummer. He will have fun cheering them on just the same. Have a great weekend, and we are still hoping to get some great photos from camp to post soon. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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