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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.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Good news and not so good news

The good news is we had a great trip far far away from reality, the not so good news is there was no miraculous hand from the heavens to wipe away Missy's need for surgery in the morning.

Our trip started out with a 2 1/2 hour rush hour ride down to the airport. We thought we would miss our flight for sure. Thanks to pre-printed boarding passes, curb side check in and no wait in security, we just made the plane. It was all smooooth sailin after that. We had a beautiful ship and cabin and absolutely perfect weather. 85 and sunny. We toured Cozumel by Jeep and found a few grass thatched huts that just happened to serve ice cold cocktails! We ended up both getting tattooed in Mexico (bet a lot of people have said that). Missy walked away with a Superman logo on her shoulder and I am sporting Ryan's favorite message "some beach" on my massive bicep. ( by the way, they were spray on ) As always, the entertainment and food were awesome everywhere. Missy is not to concerned about the "no food or liquids" tonight or tomorrow! neither am I.

We are headed out to Emory at 5am for a 6am start. She should be out of surgery by 1 or so. I'm thinking about putting an "x" on the right one just to be on the safe side.
I am going to take a little time at 10am to meet with Dr. Durden at Egelston to get some advice on a new treatment for Ryan. I sure am hoping for some enlightenment.
Say a few special words tonight for Missy as the next couple weeks are going to be very difficult for her both mentally and physically. Lots of love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan.

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