- 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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During the scan on Wednesday it was quite evident watching the monitor that we would be receiving some terrible news the following day. Those horrible words came today... cancer has once again invaded Ryan's body. It has only been 3 months since his last clear scans, how can it attack so fast and furious? He has been complaining of a sore chest the last few days and we have been labeling the pain with anything we could think of, 4-wheeling, football, trampoline, hoping and praying it could be anything other than the obvious. His chest is hurting so bad that Ryan wants us to call Dr. Anderson tomorrow to see if the scan shows anything...we will not be able to slip anything by him this time. He is too educated in this nightmare that he is forced to live with and just a very smart little boy. So we will bring him back the news tomorrow that a little cancer has returned and we will start the fight once again. We will discuss treatment options and plans in the morning with Drs. Anderson and George. Ryan could be back in the hospital as early as next week. I know this news is going to devastate all of Ryan's new and old friends as it has us, but now is the time to lift up his spirits. So we will push on with a smile on our face and pain in our hearts. We all love Ryan. We will post again when we know the plan. Please pray. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan