- 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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We have gotten the good news that if Ryan has no more fever he can go home after he gets his platelets. The only bummer is that there aren't any platelets here and they have to come from the blood bank which could take a while. We've already been waiting a couple of hours and no word yet. But, hey, I am not complaining if we get to go home. Ryan got unhooked from his pole for a few hours and we went over to the clinic for the "Flashes of Hope" photo shoot. Ryan wasn't too happy about having his picture made with me, but even took off his hat to have pictures made with Dr. Rapkin. We made a trip to the Koi pond for popsicles and visited the gift shop, of course. We got the schedule for his next round of chemo and his scans. Looks like we will have a week off! Hooray!! His bone marrows will be done May 31. Chemo will start June 4 and go each day that week. His MIBG injection will be June 5 with the scan on the 6th. It will be nice to know that the chemo is working, but I am already nervous about it. We are pretty much all packed up and waiting for the platelets to arrive. Knowing my luck we should be done right about 5:00. God must know how much I love sitting in Atlanta traffic! :) Thanks to all of you for your prayers for Ryan. We are so happy to be going home. Have an awesome weekend! Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and Ryan