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October 29, 2009

News you WANT to read!

Ever since Ryan's biopsy, there are a few times each day that he still gets really nauseas. However, since his taste buds are almost ALL back, he does manage to eat decently. His feet and ankles are still very swollen, which is a side effect from a med he is on, but overall, he is doing good.
Went in for the usual appointment.
Blood work
The labs are done to check his counts and his levels of this:
Cyclosporine- the immunosuppressant he will be one for the next 6 months-ish
While we wait for his labs, I was worked on a blog header:
and we BOTH froze:
Thank GOODNESS for the heated blankets!
Then Ryan needed a few stitches on his cath because the two that hold it in place came out.
Time for some Lidocaine:
the sutures are IN... time to tie the knots
The finished product:
and ONE happy Ry!
At this appointment, we were hoping to get his results back from his biopsy but only half were in:
100% of Ryan's blood is Donor Blood.
That means ALL Mitchell's cells are in and doing their job. Ryan now has his new DNA!
Go cells GO... fight, fight, fight!

At home, Ryan has a little helper who LOVES to assist in giving him his meds:
Ryan was to meet with Dr. Yeager on Thursday, and since his counts are steady and he is feeling great, they decided to cancel his Weds appointment and just have him come in on Thursday. Ryan was really excited...maybe they would cancel the Friday appointment too?!?
Ryan was really tired and not feeling the best, so he rested and slept for most of the day. When he was awake, we all hung out and enjoyed EVERY bit of it! Still no call about his biopsy
After being home all day on Tuesday and with no appointments, Ryan was ready to get out. The weather is really cold right now (it is in the 50's) and we wanted to do something we headed to the mall.
He enjoyed not having to wear a mask (as long as it is not a super crowded area) and had a fun time with his little dude
The kiosks were in FULL force.
Ryan couldn't be bothered with any of them, EXCEPT one. Both he and Max could have watched:
(possible Christmas gift... we'll see?!?)
Went into clinic for the usual appointment and then had an appointment with Dr. Yeager. We were VERY eager to see if the biopsy results were in and what they would say. Dr. Yeager came in and was very pleased with Ryan's appearance. He kept commenting on how great Ryan looked and the progress that he has made from just three weeks ago. He then went over Ryan's labs and said that things are looking good. His WBC, hemoglobin, and ALL the other things they check for are looking REALLY good! Then he told us the results of the biopsy that we have been waiting, hoping and praying for...
"The pathology report shows that there are NO TRACES OF
The floodgates opened upon our faces and we had the BIGGEST smiles across our faces. We couldn't help but feel SO much love and gratitude for a Heavenly Father who hears and answers prayers.
Dr. Yeager then did an examination of Ryan's liver and spleen (the other areas where Ryan had cancer) to check the size. He noticed that they both had shrunken from the last time he examined him two weeks ago (ANOTHER good sign that Mitchell's cells are attacking the cancer in those areas). Dr Yeager explained that more testing still needs to be done over the next year to make sure things are still progressing. Ryan will have a CAT/PET scan and another bone marrow biopsy around Day+100 (in about two months). He also thought that since Ryan is doing SO well, he can go to two appointments per week instead of three. Ryan will now go into clinic on Mondays and Thursdays.
As we left the appointment I wanted to YELL because I was so happy. I think people at the Cancer Center probably thought it was weird that we were walking out smiling- but not with just any smile.... it was the BIGGEST you've EVER SEEN!!!!!
The entire drive home was spent on the phone with family. Once home, we sat down and let all the good news sink in.
Then Hallie got home from school and we were greeted by more exciting news:
the snaggle tooth came out!
So my mom snapped a picture of two VERY happy people
We went out to dinner to celebrate the good news

had a good LAUGH when Max said, "LOOK... it's Bambi!!!"

Through it all we continue to feel so blessed
...and in love

Thank you to EVERYONE who has prayed, fasted and given Ryan and our family so much love and support... We THANK YOU!



Ashley Jane said...

YAAY! That is AMAZING NEWS!! Very happy for you guys and everyone who's been in this with you :)

Heather n Ryan said...

That is SO great! We are extremely releived and HAPPY for you!!

dougandcheryl said...

that is such WONDERFUL news. Yay! We are all so happy for you.

julia said...

This is most WONDERFUL news. Our family is so thrilled to hear Ryan is doing so GREAT! Ryan does look so much better!!!! I love modern miracles.

Paul W. Nash said...

That is so awesome! I am really happy for you guys.

Tanya said...

This is AWESOME news! We are so happy for your family! What a relief you must feel,(we all feel). You have had so many hard days, you really deserve a GREAT one!
A couple questions... Has Ryan's vision been affected, or his hearing? Any loss in those areas?
I'm so glad that you've been able to have family so close to be able to help you. What a blessing! I hope now you will be able to continue your days with a somewhat "normal" routine. I know this has been so draining on your family both physically, and emotionally. I know it's not over yet, with all the appointments, but you deserve some normality. Both of you! But what great news, we're so happy for you. You'll continue to be in our thought and prayers! We love you, and are sooooooo happy for you!
Love you guys!
P.s. There is NOTHING like a warm hospital blanket... I love those! I wish I had one of those warmers in my house.

Emily said...

I am so happy to hear the great news! You guys truly are very blessed!!

Seth and Julie said...

Hooray! I have to admit I was just skimming through the post looking for the words "no traces of cancer". I had to go back and read the rest after I saw those words and had a party! I am so happy! What a delicious Halloween treat!

I love you guys! I love Heavenly Father. I have to go tell Him that He is AMAZING and that I am so GRATEFUL!

Shalae said...

Yeah! What awesome news. We are so happy for you guys, and are glad things are working. You guys deserved to hear good news! Keep taking care of your self Ryan!

Hoopes Family said...

That brings tears to my eyes. I am so happy for you guys, and I know that all of Star Valley is praying for you! Yay! :)

Hoopes Family said...

Oh, this is Kelli (Harris) Hoopes, by the way. ;)

Anonymous said...

Hey! We are so thrilled to hear the good news! You are so blessed to have so many people who love you, the most powerful medicine! We pray for your family... including your special parents who are such great neighbors!

Peter and Brittany Merrill said...

I am sitting here crying in the hospital waiting for some cases to start. I am soo happy for you guys. WOW!

Amy said...

Oh, wow, guys! That is such great news! "No trace of cancer" just brought tears to my eyes - wow! Thanks for posting the great news, and especially the picture journey, Margie. I really appreciated the feeling put into your pictures. We will continue praying for you -- and doesn't it feel good to know Heavenly Father hears our prayers! Good job, Ryan, staying strong!

Us Willis' said...

Congrats. I'm so happy for you. Heavenly Father is a wonderful dad!!! Thanks again for allowing us into this personal experience so we can learn and be thankful too :)

Tiffany M. Tong said...

Congratulations!!! This brought tears to my eyes and I really don't know you both but have been praying for y'all. Keep on thinking positive and moving forward!! You have nowhere to go but up from here on out!!! xoxo, Tiffany

Kristen Ann said...

Wonderful News!!! I pray your strength continues and that the worst is now behind you. Life is such a blessing!

Stacey Mom said...

I'm so happy for you guys. What wonderful news!


Camille said...

Hooray!!! GREAT news guys! I couldn't be happier for you!

LISA said...

God is great!

Heather said...

yay yay yay!!!!

Allen Fam said...

Congratulations! We are sending happy thoughts your way over the back fence.

We are praying that the news keeps coming back good.

melissa said...

Hooray!!! That is amazing news!!

Agnes said...

WOOOO HOOOO!!!! Congrats on the great news!!!

Love you guys!!!

Rob and Karina said...

Ryan, we are so excited for you and your family. That is wonderful news! Cant wait for you to come back to work. You're patients miss you.

Erin S said...

I am so happy for you guys! Great news! Margie, you are beautiful!

Lacey said...

THat makes me so happy! Great job Ryan and Margie! THrough all of this my heart really went out to Margie. I realize how much you had to go through! You are a very strong woman, and it sounds like you handled it all so well. Congratulations guys! HOpe everything continues to go well for you and your sweet family. Stay strong!

Kim said...

What wonderful miracles! We are so happy for you. We will keep praying for you and hoping that you'll feel better and better every day, Ryan. Yay for all of you!

Gary said...

Dear Ryan and Margie,
The right words aren't here to say how grateful and happy we are! The prayers of soooooooooo many people have been heard, and the faith of little children have reached Heavenly Father, and He has blessed you with a miracle. Can't wait to see you next week.
Love, Mom and Dad Hess

Jennifer said...

As Livvie would say "ha yea you ya". (Hallelujah) we love you guys.


Forest Call said...

Hey Ryan that's great news. Keep on fighting your awesome.


V and Co. said...

what a wonderful outcome! brought tears of happiness and awe of heavenly father's plan.

congrats and here's to getting back to just living as a happy healthy family!

Mindy Burns said...

Fighting is worth it! So so so happy for you guys and your family! I know you still have a long road ahead of you, but this just makes every ounce of fight worth it! Hooray! We knew you could do it Ryan and our testimonies have grown tremendously from your experience. Thanks for being such wonderful friends!!!

Katelin said...

Words are so inadequate, but congratulations, we LOVE YOU, I can't wait to tell the rest of the fam!! That is truly awesome!

Kristine said...

that is the best news I've heard in a long time. You guys are awesome, we're glad we are still in touch . . .

DavidErinDennis said...

Oh Margie, that is such wonderful news!!! So happy for your family!

webster said...

!!!!! Sooooo Happy !!!!!!!!! What examples you guys are of faith and hope! Love you!

The Jones Fam said...

I am overjoyed at this great news! I have been thinking about you a lot over the last few days, eager to know how things were going. What a miracle!


jake said...

That is the best news!! I really love to hear that kind of news! YEAH! Good job you guys!
England family

Anonymous said...

It is amazing the amount of love that we felt at the Aspire benefit. People were so willing to help. There are so many good people out there. We are so excited for your news and cant wait to see you.
The Keller's

Karen said...

Congratulations!!! That's so exciting!

Mandi Moon said...

Absoulely amazing!!! It's good to know that prayers are answered! I am so happy for you and for your family! Love you! XOXO

Scuffham Family said...

YESS!!! We're yelling with you all the way in Ohio!!! Love you guys & are so happy about how everything's turned out!!! You are wonderful examples to us through your strength through this tough fight.