- 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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Ryan's fever was up and down yesterday, and he got blood, which helped a lot. His fever hit 100.5 around noon today, but hasn't returned. (knock on wood!) We have had some visitors, and that has really perked him up. Thank you, Kellie, Linda, and Steve and Lauren. He made a plaster of paris brain yesterday with Kellie and his Dad. We have been learning about what goes on in your brain and all its different parts and have given it a coat of paint. Tomorrow he will paint the arteries on it. We have also managed to get in some math worksheets. He doesn't mind doing it. It's just tough getting him started. I guess it's kind of like me wanting to go home and clean toilets and mop floors. You just can't get too excited about it. We saw quite a few doctors today. Drs. Rapkin, George, Lew, and Miller (twice) all made it around. Everyone thinks he looks great. His white count was .4 this morning and platelets were bordering on transfusion. I will be interested to see what they are in the morning. We will definitely have a better idea in the morning of when we might get out, if he has no fever and after we see his counts. The pictures are from our Easter dinner and our trip to Nevarre on Spring Break. It is crazy how you can take simple things for granted. Please keep praying for Ryan and for all the children here in the Aflac unit and all our little friends. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan