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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.

Monday, June 01, 2009


Quick trip to the ER

Ryan has been feeling lots of pain lately but the last couple days he has experienced severe pain in his tummy and chest. He and his dad had a half day trip to the ER at SR. He was dehydrated and got some serious fluids. The ER doc said he was having pain from no food and all the pain meds. I'm glad they came home and he is resting on the couch. He has also been a little confused about things today. Les called Dr. Sholler and she made changes to his meds and said it was to be expected as well as his chest pains. The Nifurtimox can cause his joints to be painful and that is probably the pain he's been in. She was thrilled that his tumor markers in his urine had dropped by 100 points. That was nice to hear. We're gonna work harder on eating and drinking. Please pray for that and for no pain. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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