- 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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Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Here's Ryan and Dad just relaxing and watching a movie. Just like it should be! We have loved hanging close to home and we have really, really enjoyed our company. Les' cousin Kim and his wife Katherine arrived Saturday night and left this morning. We had a great visit with them, but next time Nick has to come with them! The second picture is Ryan with his finished Star Wars leggo spaceship. He and I had fun putting it together. It was a gift from the girls at radiation. They made him a stocking and he gets to take something out each day. He was so excited about that. Thank ya'll so much. My mom took him for radiation today so I could take a nap. I'm not sure I could have gotten him there without falling asleep at the wheel. We had a 9:00 appt at the Aflac clinic for labs, zometa, and to pick up a new prescription for Accutane. He starts that tomorrow for 2 weeks. The zometa is not a chemo, but a drug to strengthen his bones. His Hgb and wbc were both still good, but platelets were 13k. Please pray for his marrow to make more platelets. It's hard to keep him from being rough. We broke all the rules and ate pizza (thanks, swim team!) in the living room in front of the tv. It's funny how something so simple can get the kids jazzed. Well, thanks for checking in on us. Please pray for the eradication of Ryan's cancer. We'd like to be able to knock out this disease and move into a more preventative phase of treatment. We would love to be able to prevent another relapse like we (hope) we did with his central nervous system. Have a great week! Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan