Monday, March 23, 2009

Change of Plans - Ryan's Going Home

Hi everyone. It's Uncle Barry again. Just wanted to let everyone know there has been a change of plans. As I type this message, Ryan is headed home. Medical arrangements are being made to make sure he comfortable and has all of the medical care he needs during this time. It is very important for him to be at home. Please continue all of your prayers during this storm.
God Bless, Barry


Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You are an inspiration and the definition of courage.

Joel Holland

Anonymous said...


We are so happy for you that the doctors granted your wish to go home. We hope that you are able to rest better at home in your own bed.

Ryan, Brad and Susan,

May God bless you and give you the strength you need. You are all in our thoughts and prays.

Brian, Tara, Elizabeth and Delaney

Anonymous said...

There is a peace that is beyond understanding and I will pray that this will be known to you all. I will continue my prayers for you all. What a blessing that Ryan has shown in his continued strength of character and of mind.

Anonymous said...

Ryan I have to start off by saying im so sorry I did not make it up to see you:( However, I have been praying for you and your family. I am really glad that you are able to leave the hospital and be at home. Just want you to know I am praying for you buddy!!!!!


Anonymous said...

my prayers are with you during this time, and I'm glad you got to go home. Know that all of your friends, and family are praying for you and you truly are an inspiration.

Anonymous said...


Happy that you are going home and hope you find peace and rest there. You have shown great courage.

Anonymous said...

Dear Salmons Family:

I am so completely saddened by what I read on here. To be truthful, I had no idea of what you all have been going through until very recently. It hasn't been that long since I saw you, but too long at the same time. Apparently, I don't listen to the "right" radio station as I have been told, a side effect of being a radio wife. I just found out a couple weeks ago.

Ryan you do not know me as I never had the pleasure of meeting you, but I can tell you are a Salmons! Great smile, AWESOME attitude and Fighting spirit. Had I found out sooner, I would have liked to come and meet you. Now just isn't the time as you need your rest and to be with your family and friends. However, I will be praying for you every chance.

Brad and Barry, it seems like it was just yesterday that we were all hanging out only a couple years younger than Ryan. My doesn't time go so very quickly. I am completely shocked that Brad is even old enough to be dad to such a fine young man.

I know that we were not "close" but there is a bond that comes with growing up together and sharing the difficult teen years together. I hate that you are all facing this. There is NO amount words to tell you how I hate this. We are not supposed to have things like this. Our children aren't supposed to be sick. As much as I love God, this is something my very human brain can't fathom. I don't know what you are all feeling but I know that I have deep love and my heart hurts for you. I want to come to you all and just be there, but I know that I am not the one you need right now.

I am going to believe in a miracle because healing is going to come. I would like to think that my words will bring healing to your broken and heavy hearts. But right now I am asking Jesus to be the lifter of your heads. That when your strength is gone, His strength will be enough.

You are both dear friends (Amy and Mr and Mrs. Salmons as well) and I will always love you and be here. May God go before you and peace be with all of you.

I would love to come give you a hug. A virtual one will have to do -- for now.

Shereda Spurlock Buckingham

Lori said...

Salmons family - I am so glad they were able to arrange for Ryan to go home. My prayers continue to be with you all.


Anonymous said...

Hi Brad-
I am glad I ran into you yesterday. I like the motorcycle “S” story and your comment about Ryan “making his mark on the world.” Anyway, I remember the first time I saw Ryan. He was out of his room in the BMT hallway and he was in a brace and trying to walk. I was heading into Evan’s BMT room and was tired out of my mind, as Evan had been really sick most of the previous couple of days/nights. Anyway, I just looked down the hall and saw Ryan standing there trying to walk and I just stopped and watched him for a minute before I went into Evan’s room. He had so much determination in his face that I wanted to yell out, “You can do it!” (Then, I thought that if I did that I would probably embarrass him and he would go back in his room and say, “Yeah, there is a crazy BMT mom down the hallway and I am not going to go back out in the hallway again….”) But, he just looked so determined that he made me want to cheer for him and I didn’t even know him/his name at the time. Anyway, I am sure that determination is what has gotten him through this past year. He seems like a very special son/guy - so I am glad you and I finally had the chance to meet and talk.

Sorry Evan was being annoying – he didn’t talk to any of the techs in Cardiology or Radiology- which isnt like him. Perhaps he has finally grown tired of that place, as we all have… Anyway, I am glad you guys got your wish to be able to bring Ryan home. His bedroom will be much more comfortable than the circus of a hospital room. Perhaps he can watch the Jackets play tonight on TV? Thinking of you guys a ton.
Lori, Jamie, Alexander and Evan Schroeder

Anonymous said...

I was happy to read Ryan was able to go home with his family. We have been praying for Ryan and your family a couple of times a day. It does not seem enough but he is on my mind alot. My kids went to school with Ryan at Britton and Davidson and they are aware of his situation. May God smile down on all of you and make things as happy as can be. Christ be with you all.

Jenn said...

Dear Ryan and Salmons Family,

I attend Leave A Mark Church and was out to lunch with a few of the people that came to visit you on Sunday. When they asked if I wanted to come visit, my answer was a quick "no." You see, I had just arrived back from the memorial of a friend who passed away March 1st after a battle with a different cancer of her own. I wasn't in the right state of mind nor did I have the emotional fortitude "to hold it together" to visit with you.

My friend was a great woman who inspired me to work hard, who accepted me for me, and who is dearly missed. She was one of those people of whom you could ask candid questions without judgment. A mutual friend asked her “Are you ready to die?” I first thought boy that’s not something you ask someone, but he wasn’t asking do you know Jesus or will you go to heaven; he was asking are you scared to die? Her answer he shared with us…

Of coarse I am afraid to die. But I know that I am loved by a God who will grant me just the right amount of peace at just the right time.

Ryan, I pray that you and your family find that same peace. Please know that you are all loved by and held in the arms of the Great Comforter.

Anonymous said...

Wanted to get up to see you at Children's, but now that you are home, it is not the time. Your family needs this time to be alone with you to pray, cry and love one another. I am glad you are at home as it is more peaceful than a hosptial. Please know what an inspiration you are to all generations.

Erika and John Schorejs

Anonymous said...

My cousin from Ohio sent me this story. I am so sorry for everything you and your family are going through. I am glad that he is getting his wish of going home to be with his family.

May God Bless you all!

The Lockett family
Baker, Florida

Anonymous said...

I am glad to hear Ryan was able to go home. I'm sure he must be thrilled to leave the hospital behind him. As the saying goes, 'There's no place like home'. Having been through a similar situation to yours, I know that it takes a special family to have made the move back home possible. The days ahead may not be easy, but there is almost no greater gift on this earth than to be able to care for a loved one in this manner. I know it doesn't feel like it right now, but you will come to realize later that this is a special time for all of you. Cherish the good times- you have many left just waiting to happen. God Bless.

Greg P.

Anonymous said...


I'm not sure if you remember me or not, but we used to work together at Big Bear during high school. My daughter, Kristen, went to Davidson with Ryan. I got the pleasure of meeting him a couple of years ago when he was over...what an awesome guy! Our family has been following your blog for several months now. Please know that you are in our prayers during this most difficult time. We pray for peace and strength for you and your family. God Bless You.

Bill & Lisa Heck (Singer)
Kristen, Kyle & Kelly

Anonymous said...

Since I heard about your situation from my co-worker Matt Acker, I have been praying for a healing. I will not stop until you are healed.

Keep the faith.

Unknown said...

Ryan & Family,

Our hearts are heavy, but also peaceful knowing you are home with your loved ones. You have been a true inspiration for many people with your strength and courage. You are more amazing then you could possibly know! Find peace in knowing God is there for you!

Ed, Cindy, Levi & Ciera Miller

Anonymous said...

Dear Ryan and family -

My son graduated with you at Davidson. There are so many of your former classmates thinking and praying for you. You have shown them strength and courage like no other. We are all happy that you are able to be home now. All of you will continue to be in our prayers. God Bless you all ...

jerry blackburn said...

Ryan, we are so glad that the doctors let you go home, when Margie and i were up there the other day, that is all you wanted to do was go home, you can rest assured that there many more people praying for you that you could even know, and remember that you and your family will alway's be in our prayer's,you are tho strongest person that i have ever known, your courage is god's work, so, keep up the strength in him,also, thank you brat and Susan, you two are also an insperation for all of us, you are great people to know, Jerry Blackburn, Margie Creager, And Emily Creager,,,,,GOD is with you all