- 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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Sunday, July 29, 2007
Praising God & good medicine for Clean Marrows
Sorry for the delay in posting. We didn't have any service all week at the beach. Ryan's bone marrow aspirate went incredibly smooth-the whole day did. He didn't even complain of pain too much in the days afterward. His blood levels showed an upward trend so we did not transfuse. We did a little birthday shopping and saw the Harry Potter movie on the IMAX. Heidi and Will did well at the state meet. Heidi brought home a 4th place medal in the short free and a 3rd place medal for her relay team. Will's relay team finished 7th. They are definitely going to enjoy sleeping in for these next three weeks. We headed down to Grayton Beach Monday morning for the Lighthouse Family Retreat. It was such an awesome week and we are so very thankful to Melinda and all the volunteers. We had more of the Peck family as our family partners. Smith's brother, Jay, his wife, Deb, and their son, Lanne were so good to us. We were so happy to see the Howards, but we sure missed their kids!!! It was so nice to get away and laugh. There were times I laughed at Melinda and Ryan until my sides ached. There were many exciting and great moments during the week, but the best was the phone call from the clinic that Ryan's marrows and bone biopsies were clear!! I am so anxious to talk to them tomorrow when he goes in for chemo. Today was Ryan's birthday party with all his little friends. He had a scary spooky party. We pulled out all the Halloween decorations except for the pumpkins. His grandmother made his birthday cake. He wanted a cake that looked like kitty litter (with kitty poop, of course). Matt stayed tonight with him and is going to the clinic with us tomorrow. It sure helps Ryan to have him with him. The day just goes by so fast. I am hoping to learn about our appeal to the insurance company to get approval for the stem cell harvest. Thanks for checking in on us. Please keep praying for Ryan and for a cure for all cancers. Please pray for Nathan's family as they are grieving the loss of their son to this horrendous disease. We will update later with more pictures and details of our week. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and Ryan