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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.

Saturday, September 01, 2007


Cat Scratch Fever

We received our walking papers this morning and didn't waste anytime getting outta there. Ryan's counts bounced back very well after a slight scare with his platelet infusion. We were kicking back when all of the sudden, half way though the platelets, Ryan's arm started itching. He thought it was mosquito bites! As we are looking at his arm, you could see welts forming all over his body. He does get pre-medicated with Tylenol and Benadryl but got another shot of Benadryl and a steroid to ease the ferocious itching. They stopped the platelets and the welts left as quickly as they started. Ryan also was given blood, thankfully without any reactions. We had Julie and Smith visit and they had brought Ryan's favorite wings. Kelly came by and brought Ryan's favorite Mongolian Beef and a special thanks to Nanny and Grandaddy for fighting Friday night rush hour to bring Missy her Chemo pills. They have been a nightmare to get. She finally had to buy the first round because insurance still hasn't given their "approval" yet, already 4 days late. Hopefully this will be rectified by next week and Missy will have one less thing to worry about. So we are very thankful to have a long weekend with nothing but fun on the schedule with all of us together (winning Mega Millions would have been OK to :) Glad to be home. Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

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