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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.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Progress and Progressing

Not a good day for scan reports for Ryan or Missy. Ryan has shown progress in his bone and marrow but he has progressed in his liver, left eye and his resection location in his head. Chemo will start tomorrow and we are desperately praying that it gets to work immediately and takes control of it. His spirits are down and is still not eating. He is starting IV nutrition tonight. We will be in the hospital until Monday night and still on schedule to fly home on Wednesday morning. Good thing cause this fold out chair is going to kill me ! ( not that I'm whining :)
Missy got a telephone preliminary report that apparently shows progression also. She is meeting with her Dr. on Monday to get the full run down. I hate that we have to be so far apart when bad news is the only news of the day. Nausea, pain and mental anguish is taking a toll on the strength that she has left. I just can't imagine...
Seeking miracles, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

Guest Book:
we just met you guys briefly but have been praying for awhile now... praying even more now.. please let me know if you need anything at all while you are here in i said, we are idle while only doing chemo once a week....
take care....

with prayers..
rhonda dudley
cp: Sydneymarie
I'm sorry things are so tough again. You have to be the strongest family I've ever met. You continue to fight and as you are fighting you still find time to love each other, and keep all of your prayer warriors updated too.

I wanted you to know our family is still praying. I hope that the news turns around soon for both super Ryan and his super Mommy Missy.

With love,
Nancy Vinson
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