February 15, 2016

Long overdue update

Hi all, I first have to say thanks again to all who are supporting and following me, it means a lot! The “Team RB” thing is really awesome and it’s great to see the love from family and friends. If you want to find out more or buy one of the awesome T-shirts you can Read More …

November 25, 2015

Round 2 and the Cancer Buck

As we prepare for Thanksgiving time with family, it really makes me think of how grateful I am to have so much support from all of you. I am truly blessed. I’m feeling good this week, and it seems like each 3-week round will follow a similar pattern: week 1 is pretty nasty, week 2 Read More …

November 3, 2015

Round 1

Today I want to give you an update on my first three-week round of chemo. I’ll talk mostly about the treatment I’m doing and it’s physical effects. I am on a program consisting of two drugs: The first drug is Oxaliplatin, which is administered intravenously through the port below my left clavicle. The infusion process Read More …

November 2, 2015

Thank you.

Thank you all so very much for the tremendous amount of support I’ve been blessed with over the last three weeks. It’s very humbling and, at times, overwhelming. I wouldn’t want it any other way. I have had old friends reach out and realized we haven’t missed a beat although it may have been ten Read More …

October 11, 2015

I have cancer.

As difficult to comprehend as that might be for my friends and family, its even harder for me to type for such a public audience.  I feel like throwing this message out there will take a little weight off of my shoulders – it’s not something I can or really want to hide from, after Read More …


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41 Comments on “My Blog

  1. What an awesome way to live, Ryan! You and Chrissy are so inspiring! Our family is behind you 100% and are there for you through your journey. Thank you for being so awesome.

    With much love and many prayers,
    The Watson Crew

  2. Ryan, My Father was diagnosed this summer and he too is a survivor. His positive attitude enabled him to tackle this disease and he is doing great today. Your attitude is inspiring and I know that you too will achieve your next goal of being a survivor. You and your family are certainly in my families thoughts and prayers. Stay strong my brother.

  3. Sending prayers Ryan…you’re a strong young man of faith with a wonderful network of family and friends. Cancer is no match for that! with love, Cyndie

  4. Hey buddy! You and Chrissy are in my thoughts and prayers. I know all you ask is prayers at this time, but if there is ANYTHING at all we can do to help you guys out let me know! We’d love to provide a meal or something for you guys. Sending you both lots of love!

  5. Ryan…I have been thinking and praying for you and your family since I heard of your diagnosis. I relate much of your feelings in your blog to my situation with Kamryn. You are so strong! And positive! And you have to be because life any other way isn’t YOUR life. Hang in there and know we are thinking of you all. Please know if there is anything we can do to help with anything we are here for you!

  6. Ryan and Chrissy- We will continue to pray and send best wishes to all. Big week for us with the wedding. I will have to stop by later and bore you with lots of pictures 🙂 Love to you both-UG and AJ

  7. Hi Ryan,

    The Halverson’s are sending lots of well wishes and prayers your way! I know you’ll kick this in the rear! Wishing you the best and sending a lot of love your way!

    Kick some ass!

    Jon and Julie

  8. Wow, shocked to see this, but one thing I remember about you is that smile.. Don’t lose it no matter what. It will help you both find strength and give strength. You are so blessed in friends and family, and it is amazing to see your outlook on this adventure, and the life lessons that you will take away from this. Praying for all of you.

  9. We are here for you and Chrissy! Please let us know if there is anything we can do. Call anytime! You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. Your outlook on this is absolutely amazing! Healing is coming your way!!!!!! 💕

  10. Stay strong Ryan and fight it everyday. I’m still fighting my own health issues with transverse myelitis. Writing about your fight with disease is difficult at first, but I found it very therapeutic and it helped me keep a positive attitude which I am convinced helped my recovery. Our fights are different, but we’re both stubborn enough to win. If you ever want to talk, message me.

  11. Hi Ryan. I know your mom & dad from back in the day. I am blessed to know them. My mom kicked colon cancer for 38 years.. You can too. My prayers are with you and your family. Stay strong. You can kick this……..on prayers alone. ….. My blessings and prayers to you and yours.

  12. Ryan-
    17 years ago as freshman at ISU, I had recently found out I was pregnant, while waiting for the bus after class one day my childhood 4-H friend stopped to chat, I was teary eyed as I talked about my future plans, You looked at me and said “Anna, if anyone can do this it’s you.” Your confidence and words were exactly what I needed to hear that day and meant a lot to me. Now I offer your own words back to you: Ryan, if anyone can do this it’s YOU. Keep fighting and thank you for sharing your courageous spirit! I will be praying for you and your family.

  13. Completely Inspired by you! In awe of your courage/strengh, your outlook and I loved your reminder to “feel in the moment, appreciate the little things and just take a moment to feel life”–the world needs more people like you! Praying for you, your wife, your parents, family and doctors! I have no doubt you will beat this and help and inspire so many people along the way and beyond!! Fight Hard Buddy!

  14. Ryan,
    Mike Burdett just passed on your website to me. I’m so sorry to hear about your cancer. If anyone can beat this you can. Our prayers are with you. Hang in there.

  15. Gorman shared your news with me today. Shocked to hear the news, but inspired by your positivity. I know you will beat this, Ryan. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family, brother.

  16. Ryan-
    Your outlook is so inspiring! Stay strong and keep pushing forward! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Chrissy and the rest of your family.
    Sending our love,
    Jonathan and Drennon

  17. Ryan-
    You and Chrissy are in our thoughts and prayers daily. I’m so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but i’m so inspired by your attitude and ready to “BEAT THIS”!!
    The Phrase: ‘DO NOT BE AFRAID’ Is written in the bible 365 times. That my dear cousin is a daily reminder from God to be FEARLESS every day!!!
    Hugs and more hugs from Mason City, Iowa Ryan! And know how much we love you, and care about you!
    The Peters Family

  18. You are truly a remarkable young man. With all the prayers and faith and your strong attitude you will whip this thing. I remember your Dad and Uncle waiting for me one night when I came from the hospital. And needed their encouragement while Larry recuperated. Our love and prayers to you and yours.

  19. With your faith and determination as well as the love and support of your family and friends you will beat this. We are praying for you. Love from the Savits

  20. Ryan, my wife has been battling illness for almost 5 years, that partner will be great help and support, along with family and this great community. Please let me know if I can help, even if that means specific how a certain medical procedure goes. Praying for you.

  21. So shocked and so sorry to hear the news,we know you can and will beat this .In 2 Kings 20:5,I have heard your prayers and seen your tears,I will heal you.Claim that ! God Bless you and your family.In our prayers

  22. Thanks for sharing your feelings and thoughts; and for keeping all of us who are praying for you involved in your journey!! Sending lots of prayers and hugs to you and your family!!!!!!!!!

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