- 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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As you can see, Ryan never stops clowning around. He finished day three of chemo today-two more to go. His counts on Monday were a little low for starting, but we needed to move ahead. No decisions have been made as of yet, on his next course of treatment. We are still waiting on some information from Dr. Marcus, his radiation oncologist at Emory. Ryan has been a great source of comfort for me this week. He is so much like his daddy- just incredibly kind and thoughtful. I told him this morning what a wimp I am and how proud I am of how he has handled so much and been so strong. He told me that no matter what it takes we will get through it. So, I will try not to be such a wimp! My side effects individually are not that bad, it's just when you put them all together, it stinks. I finished my oral chemo Monday night, and was really hoping to be feeling a lot better by now. Hopefully, I will get in a few good days before I go back on Monday to start over again. It is a busy weekend ahead for us. The kids have their usual games on Saturday. Friday night is Homecoming at Apalachee, so we will all be there for that. Heidi is going to the dance on Saturday. I will post a picture. I know she will look beautiful. We are excited about JSP Day on Sunday at the Pecks. It is their annual event to remember their son Jackson's birthday. He would have been 7 this Tuesday. This year they are holding a fund-raiser for pediatric cancer. Who knows? Maybe this will fund the research that will cure Ryan! We all want that more than anything. Please continue to pray that we will find the right treatment for him, and that he will be strong and just as playful as ever. Thank yall so much for your prayers for us. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan