- 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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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
One day down...
We arrived at the hospital with Ryan in a fantastic mood. He was laughing and playing and chatting up a storm. He hit the OR right on schedule for his new port and a couple bone marrow aspirates. We had Missy's mom and dad there and a special surprise, Melinda, founder of the Lighthouse, popped in and stayed with us. It was a great chance to catch up with each other. Ryan woke up on the Aflac floor in a little pain and slightly nauseated from the anesthesia. Our partner family from our last Lighthouse trip, the Pecks, also showed up to lift Ryan's spirits. We are waiting to start his first chemo tonight. His blood sugar is elevated so we have been on hold to see if it will come down. Ryan will be checking out of the hospital tomorrow afternoon after his second round. He will then be starting his standard out patient protocol. The very best news of the day was Dr. George confirming no evidence of tumour on the CT scan, awesome! We will schedule a bone scan for sometime next week. It's been a good day considering. We really do appreciate your support, thank you so much. Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan.