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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 06, 2009


"I am happiest when our family is together"

The walk down the hall to our room on the Aflac floor is so incredibly hard this time. We pass by Ryan's portrait with the statement he made to the photographer a couple years ago, "I am happiest when our family is together". We strive to make that happen as best we can but it could never be enough. Both Missy and Ryan are so sick and in so much discomfort, no pain. Never ending pain. If you get beat daily, soon it's just an expected occurrence and you push on and that is what they do. Along with that is the mental anguish that weighs more heavily on Missy than anyone of us could imagine. My time divided (unequally I must add) between our family is not fair to Missy. I truly wish I could concentrate solely on her getting better. Heidi and Will have both been shining stars. So helpful, so strong, so independent. We are so lucky to have them to strengthen our family.
Ryan's CT Scan was right on time last night, midnight on the dot. We made it out of ER and to one of these beautiful Aflac rooms by 2am. Ryan is on antibiotics, fluids and Morphine. No official results from the scan yet but first impressions were something going on with his liver. We should have the full report today. If his blood work comes back negative and he doesn't have another fever, we will be working hard to get out of here. If that happens we can resurrect the plans we had for this weekend with our old, near and dear friend Wade and his family coming out to the house. That would be great ! Distraction is good medicine. Keep your fingers crossed ! Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

Guest Book:
You guys amaze me and make me sad at the same time.

I HATE that you're going through what you are (ONE person per family with cancer is plenty) but yet I am also inspired by how you get up each morning and continue to take care of business and take care of each other.

Your story both warms and breaks my heart.

Love and prayers to you all.

I could not even read through the post because the title made me gasp and then cry.

I am happiest when my family is together too. Unfortunately, 2 out of 3 members of this family have gone on to Heaven. I'm here with my puppy waiting for our reunion.

I sincerely hope your family can remain together.
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