- 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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So Sorry for the delay in posting. We made it home late on Friday-all 5 of us. Friday was such a long day. Ryan got to come back to the Ronald McDonald House on Thursday after the the PET scan. We rented a movie and ate popcorn. It was great! He ran a little bit of fever during the night, and Les and Will took him back Friday morning. He got an IV dose of antibiotic, another PET scan and they let him go home. I got about a 40 minute notice that the Super Shuttle was picking us up and Heidi and I hurried to clean everything up and get packed. We rode around on the shuttle for 2 hrs., then our 5:00 flight got pushed back to 6:15, and we might have gotten in the air by 7:30. My poor Dad was hanging out at a Waffle House near the airport to pick us up for what I'm sure felt like forever. It was definitely great to be home again. Heidi and Will both played soccer yesterday, and Heidi had a game to ref. I had looked forward to going, but Ryan and I stayed home. We both felt pretty rotten all day. Thank you, everyone who brought food and came to help. Tomorrow I have an appt. with my dr. at Emory. I am hoping to get some answers to this cough that just won't go away and some good medicine before Ryan and I head back to NY on Tuesday. He has felt much better today. Please pray for a smooth trip for us, and for all he will have to endure. We are hoping for no fever, nausea, or other bumps in the road. Thanks for taking this journey with us and for your never ending support. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan