- 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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We have been watching Ryan's fever since about 5 am. We are supposed to go straight to the hospital if it hits 101, but that is what we did the last two rounds and had no fever after arriving at Scottish Rite. Once you go, they are likely to keep you for 48 hrs. as a precaution. So we want to make sure that he has fever. It has gotten close to 101 twice today, but we are pushing fluids big time. My parents came and stayed while we went to see my doc in Athens. He was able to do a node aspirate, but we won't know the results of that until early next week. I spent a lot of time on the phone today trying to set up my treatment at Emory. Many, many thanks to those that offered recommendations on doctors. When Ryan got sick, we walked in and said his tummy hurt and everyone took over from there. Not the same in the adult world, let me tell you! You have to round all the docs up yourself. Anyway, we are home, and so happy to be there. Please say a prayer that Ryan will get by without a trip to the hospital this go round. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan