Monday, August 18, 2008

Off-week Bliss...Back to the Battle

Wow! Ten days since the last post. Here's what been going on.

Ryan has really his chemo-free week. Last weekend Ryan, Eric and Corey picked up Ryan's Accord at Grandma and Grandpa's house and took it home. Ryan spent part of the day last Saturday and Sunday making it spotless. (Hey Ryan, if you enjoy cleaning up cars, I got a couple for you!)

This past Friday night, Ryan, Brad and Susan attended a Buckeye Football dinner at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe. Ryan had the privilege of eating dinner with starting quarterback Todd Boeckmann. Matter of a fact, I think Boeckmann was serving Ryan dessert. Pictures are posted online.

On Saturday, Ryan was able to pay-off a promise he made shortly after his diagnosis. Let me take you back to that time in mid-to-late-April. Ryan was pretty much bed-ridden...he just had major back surgery to remove a tumor on his spine and the cancer in his core made walking seem like an impossible dream. At that time, Ryan promised his Dad's softball buddies that he would be well-enough to walk out to the mound and throw-out the first pitch at the first game of the fall season. On Saturday as the team donned TeamSalmons shirts and wristbands, Ryan walked out the the mound and paid off his promise! Check out the photos!

Now, one request from Uncle Barry...Ryan, I call official photographer it you get the opportunity to have your picture taken with the USA Women's Volleyball team...Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh! They need to be drafted to TeamSalmons...don't you think? Back to the serious...

Ryan is back in the hospital as of today for five days of chemotherapy. He was feeling good today after his first treatment, but the medication is already making him very tired. Please keep Ryan in your prayers through this next round...he is refusing to lose!

God Bless to All!


Anonymous said...

ryan it is so good to hear that you had such a great week!!! I love the new pics that were posted you look great;) I am so glad you were able to get your car and get it cleaned up i know you said it was getting very dusty. well just wanted to let you know im always thinking about you and praying for you. Hope to see you sometime this week while your at childrens.

Lacy (MRI)

Kyle Alfriend said...

Hey Ryan-

Great story about the ball game. Hang in through this round.

Tyler had his port removed last week. He is in for check ups tomorrow. maybe we will see you.

refuse to lose!

Kyle Alfriend

Anonymous said...

Dear Ryan,
I know how u feel, i've been through this too. just as an advice, i know you feel very tired, but walking everyday if possible, eventhough you are very tired, is very good for your recovery. WHen i was having chemo for rhabdo in my face area, at age 14 my parents forced me to take walks in parks, and taking in all these nutritional foods. As a result, i was able to get through 12 treatments of 3 combined chemos and 20 vincristine treatments without a need for transfusion of blood. Because everyweek my counts were back up there and ready to go. Also, the side effects seems weaker if you have high counts when going into threatment. I know the doctors dont admit, but good nutrition, and life style habits, are actually a big key to recovery between chemos, and overal recovery and defeating the cancer. Hang in there,

Anonymous said...

Prayer of Faith

God is my help in every need;
God does my every hunger feed;
God walks beside me, guides my way
Through every moment of the day.

I now am wise, I now am true,
Patient, kind, and loving, too.
All things I am, can do, and be,
Through God, the Truth that is in me.

God is my health, I can not be sick;
God is my strength, unfailing and quick;
God is my all, I know no fear,
Since God and love and Truth are here.