Ryan was diagnosed with Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma N-MYC amplified in July 2008. He was out of treatment for just over a year when in November 2010 our lives were again turned upside down when we discovered the disease had returned in his bones and bone marrow. After a year of treatment re-staging scans in November 2011 showed that he had again achieved remission.
However just 3 months later, in February 2012, end of treatment scans gave us the devastating news that the disease has returned, this time with a tumour near his spine. In March Ryan started 4 weeks of radiotherapy followed by chemotherapy which is on-going. Re-staging scans in May and August showed no evidence of disease. On the 4th September 2012 Ryan received treatment in Tubingen for a haplo-identical stem cell transplant. He is a happy, active boy who is now enjoying life to the full.
Saturday, 22 September 2012
This morning he says he's ok and is quite cheerful. The low dose morphine is controlling the pain in his throat. He hasnt wanted to eat but is drinking.
You will notice that Ryan always seems to be wearing the same thing in the photo's. Well I brought lots of different t-shirts and comfy joggers to wear in the day and PJ's for night time but there is a constant draught from the air conditioning system that keeps the room pressured and so Ryan wants to wear his long sleeve PJ's all day too. He has a set of 3 that are very similar and are his favourite things to wear and so he wears them all the time :-) This photo took 10 attempts as in the 9 others his eyes were still looking at minecraft!