- 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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What would have ordinarily been a terrible day just seems manageable now. Our trip to Scottish Rite this morning took over 2 1/2 hours!! It seemed like there were accidents on every road we travelled. Then, on the way home we got rear-ended on 85. I couldn't see any damage to the car and fearing we would get run over any minute, we got the heck out of there. Our day at the clinic, though, went really well, and that was the most important part of our day (even though the most special part of our day was breakfast this morning- we had cheesecake for my birthday!). We stopped at Target on the way home and picked up some more Garbage Pail Kid cards. They were really entertaining in the car this morning. Ryan has been working on getting his collection in a notebook so he can look at them all. He has been feeling good, and eating good. Hopefully, he won't get a fever after this round. Please continue to pray for Ryan and all the other kids in this fight. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan