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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.

Monday, July 02, 2007


Round 4

We were so excited to pick Ryan up Saturday morning, and surprised that it didn't take long for him to ask about going to the clinic on Monday. He was mad about having to go, but it wasn't hard to take his mind off of it. He had so many stories of camp to tell. We are so thankful to everyone at Camp Sunshine and to all the volunteers who made his week so special. We picked Matt up after an hour or so and went to see Ratatouille. They swam and had a great time. We had a nice lazy Sunday together. We got a little bit of a late start this morning thanks to the traffic, so we didn't get out of there until nearly 4:00. His access and counts went well. He is starting with a hemoglobin of 8.8, so we will re-check them on Thursday to see if he needs a transfusion. Our nurse reminded us that bone marrow aspirates/biopsies will be repeated a couple of weeks after chemo is done. Ryan is going to hate that. He has had much more pain with the last two than he did when we was 6. We are going to Medeival Times on Wednesday for a festive July Fourth feast. The boys are really looking forward to that. We hope ya'll have a great holiday. Please continue to pray for Ryan and for a cure for this disease. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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