Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Today Marks 11 Months

Eleven months ago today, we found out that Ryan had cancer and was in for the fight of his life. The doctor's told us that the form of cancer Ryan had was a very aggressive type of cancer and the prognosis was not favorable. At that time, they gave us the option of a standard Rhabdomyosarcoma protocol, or a more aggressive treatment plan that compressed the time between treatments. After many discussions in a short time period, we knew that we had to go with the most aggressive treatment that we could. Ryan took this fight head on and did not back down. He battled with everything he could and sometimes with strength he shouldn't even be able to find. Ryan has continually amazed us all.

During the fight Ryan has had many short term goals he was looking forward to being a part of. His golf outing, the Buckeyes team dinner, attending an OSU football game, being the Zebra's Care recipient, Blue Jackets games with Doug and Lori, The CBJ Fashion show and even giving Woody Johnson a buzz cut.. The point is life has become a version of short term goals. But each and every one of them has given Ryan the drive to continue to fight a battle to win. They may seem small to some, but they have become very important interim goals to keep Ryan moving forward.

The past six weeks have started taking its toll on all of us. Ryan had an issue called VOD that came very close to ending his battle. But in true Ryan form, he stood firm and overcame the battle. They needed Ryan's counts to come back before they could administer more chemo. Once the liver issues cleared, Ryan's body has not made the platelets necessary to continue his chemo. It has been six weeks since our last chemo. During this time, Ryan has had additional issues with bladder infections, fevers and other issues that have kept in in the hospital.

With the most recent stay in the hospital, we have learned that the cancer has returned after just six weeks removed from chemo. We will be doing scans over the next few days to determine to what extent it is back, and what our treatment options are. Once we know more, we will update you. But for now, please keep Ryan in your prayers during this time.


Anonymous said...

Ryan and family -
Thinking of you all and sending good thoughts and prayers.
Evan Schroeder and Family

the Mallett's said...

Salmon's family,
Just wanted you all to know we are continuing to pray for Ryan and the rest of you.
Thoughts and Prayers,
Olivia Mallett and Family

Anonymous said...

Ryan and Family,
We are praying for you, and will continue to do so until you have beaten this thing!
Refuse to Lose!
The Alfriend's

Tony said...

Ryan and Family.....I am always thinking and praying for you!! You are one amazing young man Ryan!!!
Mr. O.

Anonymous said...

Ryan & Family -
You are in God's hands. Our daily thoughts and prayers are with you.

Larry & Janet Burns

Anonymous said...


You and your family, especially you son Ryan, are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Headman's

Anonymous said...

Myself and many of my family, and friends our praying for you all. Ryan you are a couragous young man. God Bless You.

Anonymous said...

Ryan and Family,

I am praying for you everday! Stay strong!


Anonymous said...

Ryan and Family,

All of you are in our thoughts and prayers daily. I also know that God will be with you during this time of decision. STAY STRONG! LIVE STRONG! And most of all REFUSE TO LOSE!

Brian, Tara, Elizabeth & Delaney

Anonymous said...

Ryan, Brad and Family-
I wanted to you know that there are a lot of us out there following your blog who are cheering for you and sending positive thoughts and prayers your way!!!
Take Care,
Debbie Long

Amy said...

Ryan and family,

Thank you for your postings. You originally found our carepage on our daughter (Goodners) and reached out to us. Thank you for doing so.
You are in are prayers and I so pray that you remain strong in spirit and win the fight.

Sam said...

Ryan, Just letting you know that I am thinking about you and in your in my prayers. Keep putting up that fight and don't ever give up.

-Sam S.

Anonymous said...

Ryan & Family,

I continue to pray every day. I have so much faith in your fight, I know you're going to make it through this. You're one amazing person Ryan and you're so strong. Get your rest and keep your head up. God doesn't give us mountains we can't climb.

- Ashley

Anonymous said...

Ryan and Family,

A quote came to mind:

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God. - Psalm 146:5

There are an amazing number of people praying and supporting your leadership as you give hope to us all through your focus and courage. Be strong in our prayers for you!

The Finchum's

Anonymous said...

Ryan, thinking and praying for you daily...Keep up your strength and continue to fight every day....God never gives us any more than we can handle....You are such a courageous young man....keep fighting!!!

Anonymous said...

You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!
--Brett Bauer

Anonymous said...

OH Brad, my heart is heavy for you all… Love and prayers are with you.. Aunt Carol

Anonymous said...

Ryan and family

We think of you, pray for you and check your site everyday. We have known you since kindergarten and you will beat this. Keep positive and know we are thinking of you.

Julie and Ryan Brown

Anonymous said...

you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathy Bishop

Anonymous said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers

Anonymous said...

Ryan, Brad and family,

We continue to think of you and your family, and you are in our prayers. You are an incredible young man, with tremendous strength and courage!

Carla Grieshop and family

Cindy said...

Brad, Ryan and Family,

I think about you often and will continue to keep you all in my prayers. Keep on fighting; REFUSE TO LOSE!

Cindy Miller and Family

Bob Root said...

Ryan and family,

You're in our thoughts and prayers. I've been following the blog and read about the incredible battles and life changing experiences the entire family has had over the last 11 months. What a family you have - truly great people.

Brad, I think you every day. You're a true hero to me.

-Bob Root and family