- 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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I can't believe I have failed to let ya'll know of some really great news about Ryan. His nose hasn't been running for about 2 months! Crazy, isn't it? It has made a difference in the everyday grind. One less headache to deal with. Yesterday went fairly well, just stressful. Heidi and Will went with us and we got down there right about 8:00. They all played together, and we watched "School of Rock" as Ryan went to sleep. His port access was pretty smooth. He enjoyed getting to spray Will with the "cold spray" that numbs his port site. He woke up with some pain in his hips that eased up with Tylenol. We met our friend, Kellie, at Cheeseburger In Paradise and got home around 2. He hasn't had any complaints about it this morning. We are hoping his teacher and her boys are coming to swim today. Tomorrow he has his ride in Atlanta while the kids are at their swim meet. We are expecting the results of the biopsy/aspirates on Monday. Please keep praying they are all clear. Having them clear will help us get a clearer picture of his treatment plan for sure. His stem cells would be harvested in a couple of weeks, and we would love to get that done. We will certainly let you know as soon as we know something. Thanks so much for your prayers for Ryan. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan