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My Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. It has been created to keep friends and family updated on Mike's progress!
My Story is the introduction to our CaringBridge site and will explain to you more specifics on the diagnosis.

Be sure to read the latest in the journal, view the photo gallery, and drop us a line in the guestbook. We cherish your words of encouragment!



Mike is my 26 year-old brother. He is a third year law student at William Mitchell and a graduate of Simley High School class of 1999 & UW-Eau Claire.

Mike was diagnosed on 5-23-07 with bone cancer-Osteosarcoma. Mike thought he had sprained his wrist and went to the doctor on 5-21-07 for an XRAY. The XRAY showed that Mike did not have a break or a sprain, but rather a mass which they believed to be cancer. Mike had an appointment two days later with a doctor who ended up confirming our fears. At this time, they conducted a bone scan. The bone scan indicated the cancer, thankfully, was not on any of his other bones. Mike then went in on Friday( 5-25) and had a CT scan and MRI to see if the cancer had spread to any other parts of his body through the blood stream. We found out after a LONG Memorial Weekend that the cancer had not spread...It remained localized! We are all so grateful and thank God daily for this wonderful piece of news. Mike is extremely positive and in good spirits. He is anxious to start the process of recovery & we are more than ready to be by his side every step of the way. He had a surgical biopsy on Wednesday, followed by some tests to make sure his body is ready to withstand the chemotherapy. The plan is to start him with three months of chemotherapy, followed by surgery to remove the tumor and followed again by an additional six months of chemotherapy. Mike is recieving his treatment at the University of Minnesota-Fairview. Within the next couple of months we will be planning a benefit for Michael and will post specifics as it becomes finalized. A benefit account has been set up at all Bremer Banks to assist with his ongoing medical and living expenses. Mike's address is: 6522 Dawn Way, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076.

We thank you all for your constant support and prayers.

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Julie Moen posted a new journal entry, "Mike's tests".

Mike just text me ( the new generation) and he has clear scans/x-rays!His next scans are schedule in mid May!There is always Hope when you Believe~Thank you for all your ... Read more

Kathy Oberg signed Michael's Guestbook.

Woo! Hoo! Doing the happy dance (well, as much as I can dance with my bad back!!) This really did make my day complete….Kathy Read more

Lee Ann Eurs signed Michael's Guestbook.

Oh my gosh! Wonderful news! So happy for all of you! Will probably see on ACOR too, but saw this first and had to post! Happy, happy, happy dance!Lee Ann (Evan's mom) Read more

Debbie Knickman signed Michael's Guestbook.

Peggy, this is such incredibly heartwarming news!   Thanks for the update!   You must be so happy & proud of Mike! Read more

Lu Ann Flechsig signed Michael's Guestbook.

How exciting that Mike is a practicing attorney.  That's no small feat in this day and age where 50 percent of graduating law students don't get jobs!  Yay Mike!  ... Read more

Julie Moen posted a new journal entry, "Mike's testing".

Hello~No news is good news!Mike will be having rays of his chest on Tuesday, Jan 7th. He will see his oncologist, Dr. Skubitz the next day.If everything looks good he will ... Read more

Julie Moen posted a new journal entry.

and more good news....... MIKE PASSED THE MINNESOTA STATE BAR Take that osteo.....Proud family of Michael P. Ryan ESQ Read more

Julie Moen posted a new journal entry, "Mike's scans".

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ALL CLEAR~~~~~~~~~~~~~Thank each and everyone of you for your prayers and positive thoughts. Mike's family  Read more

Julie Moen posted a new journal entry.

Mike's family asks all family and friends to storm the heavens with prayer and positive thoughts as Mike had his scans today.He will find out the results tomorrow.We ... Read more

Julie Moen posted a new journal entry.

CLEAN SCANS I am proud to say that Mike is once again a NERD. NO EVIDENCE OF REOCCURRING DISEASE Mike's last "bad" scan was three years ago in January. Needless ... Read more

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