Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ryan Update July 2013

Today is a reminder, that everyday we need to take a second to remember how special this life is. It's easy to get sidetracked and there are many obstructions that can cloud the path.  Stop.  Take a deep breath and look around!  What an amazing opportunity we have… to be alive right now and be human.  It's really pretty cool!

The last 8 weeks have been hectic between Staplehouse & The Giving Kitchen planning, a family vacation and a big PET scan to see where we stand with the battle.  We have been doing well and are constantly reminded that this journey can be a bit of a roller coaster ride. You just have to trust that when the ride is over, everything will be as it should.

Our PET scan results are in and it appears as though the road is about to get a little bumpier.  We enter this next stage calm and mentally prepared for whatever is thrown at us.  The cancer has shown no signs of growth, but is also not decreasing any further.  Tumor markers did rise, but we will test again next week to know for sure where we stand.  Our team at CTCA and consulting oncology team at MDAnderson said that this is pretty common that the cancer would eventually "stable" out, and then we would need to adjust the path.  It appears we may be reaching that point.  At this time we are going to reevaluate any and all options out there and move forward in the coming weeks.

You will never know how much we appreciate all the well wishes, emails and little gifts we have received over the last 6 months, it's truly changed our lives in a profound way.  We have a favor to ask, for those who have set an alarm on your phone at noon to send strength our way, we'd like to redirect that energy a little…

Please take a moment each day to think about yourselves, your families, friends and loved ones that might be going through something.  Reach out to an old friend you have been thinking about or simply take a deep breath and look around for a few minutes. You might be surprised what you see and how it changes you.

You all are amazing people and I hope this note finds you well. We will be back in touch with an update soon and thank you again for all the support!

Creative Mornings - Photos & Video
If you missed Ryan at Creative Mornings on June 28th, not to worry, you can see it all here!

Video by Lux Eve Media
Photo Gallery by August & Jean

Dinner & A Cause Card
20% off at your favorite restaurants from July 1 to August 31.

20% off at Atlanta's favorite restaurants for the entire month of July and August.  Discount applies to entire table, every time you visit any participating restaurant.

Card cost: $40

Participating restaurants include: Abattoir, Agave, Antica Posta, Chicken & the Egg, Dark Horse Tavern, Double Zero, Fritti, JCT Kitchen, King + Duke, Local Three, Muss & Turner's, No Mas! Cantina, No. 246, Publik Draft House, Seven Lamps, The Iberian Pig, The Optimist and over 80 more!
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