- 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.
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Happy New Year!! The kids all managed to stay up to welcome in the new year. They were bummed that with the rain they couldn't have a heyday with their fireworks. We did a few, anyway. We had a great break from school. The kids didn't go back until the 8th! We got together with our friends, the Howards, at Jillians. We had such a great time with them, as always. Ryan went back to the allergist. The doc is going to monitor Ryan's immunoglobulin (IGG) level every 3 months to see if there is a trend in the number going up. Next month will be the second blood draw for that. Cross your fingers it is going up. It's difficult to explain, but they are happy with Ryan's IGG level and wouldn't treat him for any type of deficiency. I just think this has to be the cause of all the BMT kids having a constantly runny nose. We are hoping to round up support for a new car tag to support pediatric cancer. If you have a car in the state of Ga, you can register for this new tag. Just download an application at www.supportcancerkids.org
and take it to your local tag office. Registration started Jan. 2 and we already have 81 applications submitted. Tags won't be made until 1000 applications have been received though, so please go ahead and do it now. We would also like to round up some prayers for some friends of ours. Catie is feeling pretty rotten and was moved to ICU today. Please pray that this heavy dose of chemo she just had will significantly reduce the amount of disease so she can move on to a stem cell transplant. Also, please pray for our friend, Caroline. She went through treatment with Ryan for NB. They have had a scare with her last set of scans, and will be having more scans in the coming weeks. Please pray that whatever showed up turns out to be nothing. Thank you all for all your prayers for Ryan. He hasn't had any complaints lately, and is busy as ever. Hope you all have a happy, healthy 2007! Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan