- 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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It has been the longest day I've had in a while. It's actually been two days cause I don't think I closed my eyes any longer than 5 minutes all night last night. Ryan slept with me while Les is out of town, and it was nice to be able to keep a close eye on him and reach over and rub his little arm or leg. We both went back to school this morning. He only had a half day, and I picked him up around 1:30 to take him to his scan. We got a call while we were on 85 saying one of their cameras were down and it would be 4:00 so we stopped and played in Target. It was 5 before they called us back and 7:30 before we left. We left a urine sample for HVA and VMA, too. We had to drive home in the dark and the rain which added just a little to the stress of our day. We stopped at Steak and Shake for a quick bite and we are SO glad to be home. I can't say much about the scan. It definitely wasn't completely dark. I'll just have to wait on the phone call. Thanks for your prayers. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan