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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, August 05, 2008


Just About Half-Way Done with Radiation

Tomorrow will be Day 6 of radiation. Ryan will be half-way finished. He had fun on Monday's visit. My friend, Karen, and her son Jackson went with us. Ryan had fun showing Jackson around the Winship. They brought us sausage biscuits from the vending machines. Yummy!! I tried telling him that meat and vending machines are not a good mix. He threw up before we got home, but felt better after he got sick. We have been giving him Zofran before his treatment since then.
No real news from my doc. She thought I looked great and was happy to finally get to meet Ryan. I go back to see her in 3 months.
We had to be at Scottish Rite this morning at 7:30 for an 8:00 CT to check the ommaya port and make sure it works properly. Everything went smoothly and it seems to be working like it is supposed to. We are hoping that by doing the test here a) if there were a problem, Dr. Reisner could take care of it, and b) that we won't have to do it in NY and might make our stay in NY a day or two shorter.
Dixie got a good check-up at the vet yesterday. She weighed 4 pounds! She is such a cutie and we are all loving her lots. Thanks for checking in on Ryan. Please keep him in your prayers. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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