- 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 hit 101.1 around 5 pm, and we headed down to the hospital. Of course, it has stayed anywhere from 96-99 since we got here, but I am not complaining. We got a visit from Dr. George pretty early and we are expecting to be here until in the morning. So long as nothing shows up in his 24 hr. culture this evening and we have no fevers, we can go home early tomorrow morning. I really don't expect his fever to go up. He is bouncing off the walls. When we left home he made sure to bring a can of whipped cream, popcorn, cereal, and his rubber chicken. He is going to wreak havoc on a dorm room someday!! Thanks for checking in on us. We have quite a weekend planned. Heidi and Will have a big swim meet on Saturday and we are going to Ryan's new friend, Jorge's, house on Sunday. Ryan is hoping for another race-car ride. Somewhere in there we are going to get ready for the Lighthouse. We are all so excited to be heading down to the beach to see our friends and to play in the sand together. Hope you all have a great weekend and a Happy Father's Day. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan