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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.

Friday, June 19, 2009


Chemo started

Ryan's has one chemo under his belt. We only told him this morning he was going back on chemo and you can imagine he wasn't too happy. He asked if he would lose his hair again. He is tired of going though that. I said we'll keep our fingers crossed that it comes back straight and blond, just the way he likes it !The biggest issue is that his tummy an ribs are so distended it looks weird. He is having pain with all this pressure. He has taken 2 doses of Lasix, a medicine that strips the body of fluid but we have no apparent reduction in his swelling. We went for a walk around to floor to try to help but it hurt him worse. Not to sure what the night holds but pray this fluid will find its way to the right places. He is taking Morphine still for his "normal" pain. He did eat just 3 spoons of soup and 1 bite of cake today. He said if they sold chili-dogs here in VT, he'd eat a whole one ! ya right. Missy is not doing well at home but continues to be cheerful and encouraging to Ryan and I on the phone. I can't remember if we mentioned my mom flew down from Canada to visit so she has been hanging out and helping around the house while we're up here. Hope she's been working on her tan in the near 100 degree weather there! Just 4 days to go! Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

Guest Book:
So glad you got to go sailing before the chemo started. What great memories to get you through a tough week!

To have Missy at home struggling must be one of the hardest things ever, since you all can't be together. My heart and prayers go out to you.
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