- 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 had a great weekend, especially with the extra day. We took in the Pirate movie, finally, on Sunday. We spent time playing and relaxing together. Our friends, the Pecks, came out to the house yesterday for a yummy cookout. Heidi made the best brownies! Ryan had a good day at school today, but he will miss tomorrow. He has a CT scan and a bone scan starting early at 7:30. Please say prayers that no cancer shows up on the scan. We did hear that the BMT team has agreed to harvest Ryan's stem cells. We are hoping this happens after the next round of chemo. The cells are harvested after his counts have dropped from chemo and are on the way back up. He will have to have his double lumen cathether put back in for the harvest, but it will be removed afterwards. Unfortunately, this means two surgeries (that terrible anesthesia!!) Please pray that all of this goes without any extra stress or problems. Thanks for checking in on us. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan