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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.

Monday, May 05, 2008


Been busy livin'

Sorry for the delay in updates. We have been go, go, go. We finished Ryan's chemo with no problems the last three days. Ryan went home with his buddy, Max on Friday and spent the night. They had a great time together. Max came home with him for a little while after school today and they had fun in the pool. Will had games both Saturday and Sunday. They lost their first game on Sunday, the last regular game of the season.
He has a tournament next weekend, and it will be over. We went to the CURE family picnic on Sunday morning before Will's game. We had a great time and were able to catch up with old friends. I think Ryan climbed to the top of the rock wall four times. We had a little swim team get-together and then it was off to Matt's for his birthday. Poor Ryan was about pooped by that time. He is out playing ball with his brother now. We have really enjoyed the warm weather. Ryan has his first post-Gamma Knife MRI on Wednesday morning. Please pray that we will see a big decrease in that spot. We will meet with Dr. Reissner after the MRI to get results. He goes back to see Dr. George next Tuesday.
My radiation started this morning. Not much to say about it. It is like have an x-ray. You lay very still and feel nothing. One down, 29 to go! Thanks for checking in on us, and thanks so very much for your kind words of support and prayers. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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