- Name: Ryan
- 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.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
A warm good bye to Vermont.....
My heart breaks as I read your journal update. I am praying that things get better for both Missy & Ryan. I am also praying for you...the anchor and rock of your family. You are doing such an amazing job keeping your family going under such terrible circumstances. One challenge like your family is facing is enough to put one over the edge....you have two....
Stay strong...keep fighting...know that many are praying.
Your Lighthouse pals
We are holding you close,
Hannah & Mark
So hard to know what to say--and I call myself a writer!
Your pain and trials just sort of steal the words right out of my heart because there is nothing that can be said that will ease the suffering.
Ryan and Missy share a mother/son relationship that is a rare thing on this earth; and that mother/son relationship is wrapped up and kept safe in the support and love of their wonderful family.
I won't end this by saying, "Be strong." I WILL end it by saying, "Fall apart every once in a while if you need to. It's okay!"
We could never express our feelings any more eloquently than the three posts ahead of us that Nancy, Hanna, & Becky have already expressed.
We can only echo and add to the thoughts,prayers & love that are with you from a multitude of people from around the world, feeling your pain & frustration,as witnessed in Ryan's Blog & Missy's journal, that you have in your family's corner, and wanting to make prayers strong & loud enough to have this trial end in a good way for all of you.
Love,Strength,& Prayers to you from us,
Rose,Emil,Angie,Roberta & families