- 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.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Here are a few more pics of our hospital stay. You can see the crowd we had in Ryan's room the night before his surgery. Thanks, everybody for coming by. Our friend, Kellie, sent him a balloon and a gift card for the gift shop. Thanks, Kellie!! He was quick to go to the gift shop and get some straw/glasses and a remote control car. Thanks, Morris, for hooking us up with the batteries. The first picture is Heidi and Will (really worrying about Ryan) playing with Meredith during Ryan's surgery.
We did go to the swim meet on Saturday. It was a fast meet and we didn't stay but a couple of hours. Both of Heidi's relays qualified for state, but she barely missed it for free and fly in individuals. Will qualified for both relays and short free. He finished in first place for short free!! He got 4th in breast-they only take the top three. So- we will be heading to Tifton the 25th for state. We'll have to work in some cake and fun for Ryan's birthday on Saturday the 26th. We've got company. I will update more later.