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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.

Friday, April 18, 2008


I Made It!

Not much would have stopped me. I think Karen had put together a team to break me out, if need be. It wasn't even too bad a stay. I wasn't sick. My IV lasted the whole time, which was so great, even though it did take five or six sticks to get it. My friend, Linda, came and visited on Wednesday, which was nice, and Les and Karen stayed till late on Tuesday. I got out early yesterday and made it to my appt. with the radiation oncologist in Athens. He was very nice and I feel good getting it in Athens. I will have to go five days for six weeks, and with the price of gas so high, this will be great. I think it took 20 minutes to get to his office yesterday. I think I will be able to get an appt. after school, too, so that is an extra bonus.
I met with Dr. O'Regan while I was in the hospital and we decided to scrap the last round of chemo. She thinks I have had enough and why take the risk on another infection? It seems every time my counts drop, I get one. Thank Goodness it didn't happen after the second round cause we were in the hospital with Ryan. So, I feel very refreshed and ready to move on to the next step. I feel like everything from here on out is a step up- up and away from the terrible side effects of chemo. I know just how Ryan felt just wanting his life back.
We are meeting with Dr. Marcus next Tuesday to talk about radiation for Ryan, and then he has an appt. in the clinic on Wednesday to get ready to start chemo again. He is doing good. He seems tired, but I am guessing it is his counts. I haven't seem him much, really, so I am looking forward to soaking up some good time with him and Heidi and Will this weekend. There is a lunch at his school today to raise money for CURE so I am looking forward to that.
And, for those that want wedding details- it was beautiful!!! We couldn't have ordered better weather. It was outdoors at Karen's sister's house. I don't have pictures, yet, but I will try and get some. Karen looked beautiful, as we knew she would. Perry is such a lucky guy! They are off to the N.GA mountains for a few days, a break she really needs!
Thanks for your prayers for us. We feel them. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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