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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.

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Half way through

Wade called us today to give us the low-down on a Varsity style chili-dog place here in Burlington. The plan was to go there today but he is not feeling well enough to eat. His picture looks like he's packed away a dozen!But he really just can't expel the IV fluids as fast as they are going in. It is very painful for him and has been taking Morphine several times a day. We are hoping he is doing better by tomorrow, then stuff him full of chili-dogs!
He has been having vision problems over the last 3 weeks and I had kinda forgotten about it until Dr. Sholler asked today. He claimed he had none. Later today I asked again if he was still seeing double at about a 15' distance and he said yes. He just doesn't want any additional treatment so he says he was going to deny it. He also said he wished he could be hooked up to anesthesia permanently so he couldn't feel pain or worry, then quickly added I'd be hooked up to and we could still talk and do fun stuff...I told him he just described Heaven...Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

Guest Book:
I've followed your story for a few years and will follow it for at least a few more. You are in my prayers.

Milan, OH
Prayers for Ryan and Missy.
I am very sorry to hear about your son going through this horrible ordeal. I am a bereaved parent and a recent widow, and I understand how horrible it is to see someone you love go through such agony. I sincerely hope he recover soon. I came to you via the blog "How can I keep from singing" and I just want you to know that you have people rooting for your son.
Prayerfully yours....

Thanks for sharing your children's stories.
We lost Jack there only a month ago, I have asked him to look after you Ryan, to make sure you don't get too tired of fighting. Keep strong my love, there is much here worth fighting for. X
Thoughts and prayers for Ryan and you all.
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