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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.

Sunday, January 20, 2008


Check that off the list.

I am home and feeling better. Thank you all so much for your posts and prayers. You have lifted me up incredibly, once again! I just don't know how we would make it on this crazy journey without all of your support. Thanks to everyone who has brought or sent food, flowers, treats, smiles, and warm wishes. It is nice to be home (which I, for one, have always known!) . :) Thanks, Jean and Linda for coming and checking on me and keeping Les and Karen company at Emory. I've heard it was a long day! I have felt better each day. I have slept a lot and really started eating today. I think I had stored up food from our cruise to last me! We are grasping onto our routines of basketball practices, etiquette class, and kid's birthday parties. I don't think things ever slow down around here, and for that, I am thankful. So, I will be taking it easy here at home. Les is taking excellent care of me, while managing to keep track of everything the kids need. He is putting my mommy-skills to shame! Thank ya'll again for caring for us. Love, Missy

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