- 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.
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Adrenalin runs through our veins making it bearable to continue on, even when you feel everything should be falling apart. I'm smart enough to know that this won't last long and I'm bracing myself for both the highs and horrible lows of grieving.
I have so many people to thank for making the last 2 weeks smoother that anyone could have imagined.
Julie and Smith, I truly hate that you have any experience in the planning and execution of a funeral. It absolutely tears me apart, but you have helped us out on so many levels. The service was perfect, there's nothing else to say...Thank you both, I know it was extremely difficult for you to go through again and I have asked more from you than I should have.
To my mom, you mean the world to me. I thank God to have you in my life. You knew exactly what was needed during the last month and a half, amazing. Thank you to the Bailey's for everything they have done for us and for graciously standing along side me during all the planning.
I have many wonderful people to thank, among them are, Wade and Donna, Mureil, Kristen, Jay, Steve, Jimmy, Johnny, Danny, Scott and Kristy, Karen, Bud-Ken-Michael-Jon, for picking up all my office workload, The First Baptist Church of Bethlehem, Smith Funeral Home, my family for flying in and staying with us, making sure everything was always done for us.
I feel as if I am operating in and out of a fog, forgetting things I have just said or done. I hope and pray that I can fill the understanding, compassion, wisdom and parenting skills that our family has lost. I honestly thought that losing Ryan would be the toughest part of this ordeal, it's not, I miss Missy unbelievably. My heart is in pieces. I don't know if I can raise these two beautiful children the way we could have together. I hope I won't let them or her down. I'm just scared. Les
The after party, PARTY !
Ryan always said " I like to be formal...but I also like to party "
We love you Ryan Reid !!!!!!!