Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Waiting is the Hardest Part.....

Late this evening, we were able to get the MRI completed. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until tomorrow for any results. So, another night of waiting and anticipation. We do not have much to share in regards to Ryan or his condition.

Tonight's post is going to be therapy for dad. People never seem to amaze me. Today started off completely on "the wrong side of the bed". First of all, I didn't sleep last night. So to say I got up on the wrong side of the bed is a little exaggerated. The day started with a sales rep calling my personal phone trying to solicit business. Are you kidding me? Do you have any idea where I am and what I am dealing with? Needless to say, my faith in people and there judgement was really being tested.

But then I looked at the blog and saw all the comments wishing our family well. All the phone calls and text on Ryan's phone, that he is unable to see or deal with right now, but the outpouring of support is and has been tremendous. Phone messages to my phone from all over the country. Then, the people that stopped by, friends from all over, Florida, North Carolina, Dayton, good friends that we see everyday, people do amaze me. I spoke to Wendy and Kate from the Blue Jackets Foundation, they offered any help we may need. People taking it upon themselves to drop off food at our house, golfing outings, skating parties, pancake breakfast, people do amaze me. People like Jason Chimera. He heard Ryan was not doing well and he dropped what he was doing to see him. He and several of his teammates have proven that what they do is absolutely from the heart and not "a job". THEY CARE! People do amaze me!

I guess tonight's post is about me saying thank you to so many of you that have reached out in one way or another to Ryan, Susan and our family over the past year. The smallest things do mean so much. The support given us doesn't go unnoticed.

Thank you for caring, hopefully tomorrow we will be able to give news that prayers have been answered.



Anonymous said...

You all are in our thoughts and prayers. We pray for good positive results today!!
The Kern Family

Kelly Yokum said...


We just want to let you know that we are praying for Ryan all of the time, every day. I also pray for an abundance of comfort and strength for you, Susan and your family. You mean more to us than you will ever know. We are here for you and PLEASE if there is ANYTHING that you need, let us know.

We love you all!


Anonymous said...

Keep praying. Thinking of you guys.Love Mike and Missy

Anonymous said...

Brad, I think about Ryan all the time and continue to pray for him, you and Susan. Hang in there and I hope the MRI results are good. Jennie Mackanos

Anonymous said...

Ryan & Family - We are anxiously waiting on the test results and praying earnestly for them to be good.
You are always in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Larry & Janet Burns

Lori said...

I am so sorry that you are having to face this ordeal. For me personally, hearing the word relapse was so much harder than the initial diagnosis. I will keep you family in my prayers.


Anonymous said...

Brad and Susan - I just got a call from Heidi who just got a call from Brad - Just want to let you know Ray and I are praying for you. Please let us know if we can do anything at all. Tammy & Ray

Anonymous said...

Thoughts and deepest prayers are with you Ryan, Brad, Susan and everyone.
Remember Salmons always keep fighting to go upstream Brad :).

Take care Bro.
Big E - Mike's Brew Crew

Anonymous said...

My family and I are praying for Ryan and your family. You remain in our thoughts.



Aunt Lissa said...

we love you and are thinking of you in this hard time. It's not easy in any way - Praying for strength and courage. Get well Ryan!

Anonymous said...

To Ryan and his family:

You probably do not know me but Ryan and you guys have been on my mind lately. In fact, our small group has been and will continue to pray for the healing of your son. know that he is in good hands and there are many prayers out there for all of you. I just pray that all of you feel the Lord's comfort through all of this and that Ryan may experience a touch from God. Blessing to Ryan and his family.

-dan from Columbus, OH

Anonymous said...

Ryan and family: You are in my thoughts and prayers daily. Everyday that I am in the classroom I think of Ryan sitting there not too long ago and smiling at all of my corny jokes. Keep fighting the good fight and know many people are with you each and everyday in thoughts and prayers.
Mr. Bailey

Unknown said...

Brad -

Ryan and your family are in my constant thoughts and prayers. Every Sunday at Mass I lift Ryan up for prayer and even had Gus Lloyd pray for Ryan on The Catholic Channel on Sirius...thousands of Catholics praying can't be all that bad, right;-) I love you guys so keep fighting and I'll keep praying. - Dale Romick

Anonymous said...

I'm always paying for good. Love you Ry! Keep up the strength and you can pull through.

Anonymous said...

*Praying...woops. I'd pay for it too though! :) :)

Anonymous said...

I pray the Lord to heal Ryan wherever he needs the healing the most, to surround him with His Precious Blood and carry him in the palm of His hands...My prayers are with all of you. June Burich in Michigan.

Anonymous said...

Brad, We continue to think about and pray for all of you daily. You are right, people are amazing...Ryan in particular. Jason, Jill and Madeline Salmons

Anonymous said...

Ryan is truly a fighter. He inspires me everyday to keep my head up. I am so touched by Ryan and his loving family who never leaves his side. I am praying every night for Ryan, God is on his side.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Anonymous said...

Dale and have been praying for you and Ryan daily. My heart goes out to you both. I understand the fear that goes with waiting for test results. Please tell Ryan that we are sending love and hugs to him. I pray you have good news with these last series of tests.
Love to you, Ryan, Susan and your whole family. If visitors from out of town need a place to stay they are welcome to stay with us.
Dale and Mary

Anonymous said...


You continue to be in my and my family's thoughts and prayers. Your OU crew misses you and your visits so much! We all love you!!


Anonymous said...

Please that Ryan and your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers. I lost my mother in August, 2008 after a 15 month battle with lung cancer so I can totally understand what you mean by "Waiting is the Hardest Part." Ryan is remarkable young man and certainly is an inspiration to so many. May god bless him and your family.
Steve Francke (friend of Chris & Melissa Tucker) - Lexington, KY