Following their son being declared “cancer-free,” American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy and husband David Miller have even more to celebrate as they plan to welcome a new addition to their family.
Murphy and Miller, fathers of Ford, 5, and Logan, 7, announced that they are expecting a new baby this August. For Murphy and Miller, this is a huge celebration, especially since Ford was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at just two years old. Murphy and Miller kept Ford’s diagnosis quiet until Murphy eventually broke the news in 2018. In an Instagram post, Murphy described that doctors had found an “abdominal tumor the size of a tennis ball” during a routine check up, and Ford immediately underwent an intensive surgery for six hours. In 2019, Murphy told fans that Ford had completed his treatment and was declared “cancer free.”Read More
Since Ford’s cancer diagnosis, Murphy and Miller have attended pediatric cancer organization fundraisers and donated a $10 million wing to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where Ford was treated.
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I’d like you to meet Ford Theodore Miller Murphy. Today is a big day in his and our family’s lives. Two years ago, this sweet little innocent boy with a deep belly laugh and an obsession with Monster Trucks was diagnosed with neuroblastoma…an often fatal pediatric cancer. Ford’s cancer — an abdominal tumor the size of a tennis ball — was found during a normal check up by his brilliant pediatrician Dr. Lauren Crosby @drlaurencrosby. From there, Ford has undergone a huge surgery and several difficult procedures. My better half, David Miller, was a rock through this — strong and patient and loving (I was always a trembling wreck). Ford was strong as well, and today he is thriving. He just celebrated his fourth birthday, a milestone we are all so thrilled about. Ford is doing so well because of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles @childrensla. Today at the hospital we are donating a wing in tribute to Ford and our family is making a gift of $10 million dollars so that other children can experience the love and care of this exceptional facility. No child is turned away at Children’s Hospital. We are so honored and lucky to contribute, and encourage everybody who can to do the same. We love you, Ford. 📸 credit: @dcmphoto.biz
The Impact Of Pediatric Cancer On Family
While Murphy and Miller’s marriage didn’t seem to take a hit while caring for Ford, and they are welcoming a new child to the family, the strain of caring for a child with cancer is often difficult on parents’ relationship. Jayne Wexler, an NYC-based photographer whose son Justice is a childhood cancer survivor, said she saw many couples struggle and eventually break under the intense pressure.
Jayne pointed out that she and her husband will always have fear for Justice’s health, given everything they have been through, but she said that they work through that fear together. They try to appreciate every moment they have together as a family, and they even attended parenting therapy to get through some of the harder times.
“We’ve gone to behavioral parenting therapy, which I think all parents should go to,” Wexler says. “My husband and I will always have fear. I don’t think we can ever let go of that…but we have to live each day and be thankful for what we have.”
Pediatric Cancer Success Stories
While pediatric cancer is difficult for a family, it’s even more grueling for the child. Wexler’s son, Justice, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) when he was young, but with the support of his family and a dedicated team of oncologists, Wexler is now 16 years old.
While Justice acknowledges going through chemotherapy treatments were extremely difficult on his body, and admits he wouldn’t want to go through it again, he says he feels proud of beating cancer, and encourages other pediatric cancer patients to not feel ashamed of their disease.
“If you’re ashamed of what you’ve been through — don’t be,” Justice said. “It makes you stronger as a person. While I would trade what happened to me in an instant … if I’m failing in school, whatever, it’s like … I beat cancer, what are you going to do?”