- 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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It always amazes me that as heavy as the subject of cancer, our visits to the clinic are always full of mischief and laughter. Ryan has fun with everyone. It started with a visit from our friend, Kellie, moved to our great triage nurse, April, and then, of course, Erika and Dr. George. He managed to get back to infusion and harass Erica and Patti. It was great to see them all and get some hugs. What a great bunch of nurses. We are so lucky to have them! We didn't stay long enough to get count results, but will get those tomorrow. I did learn from Dr. George that Ryan's counts have been so slow this time in large part to the flu. That came as a huge relief. I have been so worried about that. Ryan didn't complain with any pains all day, but was able to describe them to Dr. G. As we expected his catecholomines will be checked and we should have those results on Friday. If they are up, we will be scheduling scans. Ryan's catecholomines have always been pretty sensitive so we feel pretty comfortable with that. Dr. George was concerned, but not overly so. That combined with no complaints today is a little reassuring. We will just have to wait and see. Ryan and Will both had soccer practice tonight. Heidi's varsity team is playing in a tournament this week on the other side of Gainesville with games at 7:30. They won tonight and last night with both games going into double over-time. Tonight actually came down to penalty kicks. She will have tomorrow night off, thank Goodness! I want to thank you all for your emails and prayers for Ryan (and our nerves!). The love and support of our family and friends means the absolute world to us and keeps us going. Please keep praying that this pain in his ribs doesn't come back and that he doesn't have any new complaints. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan