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Bakersfield, CA, United States
Hans was a busy, happy, sweet and fearless three year old when he was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. He fought his disease like a "gladiator" for nearly 6 years. Hans was an animal lover to his core. He was 'guarded' at home by his three cats, Black, Orange and Cotton. He also had his Golden Retriever, Honey, to keep him company. Hans enjoyed swimming, biking, gardening, grilling (he had his very own grill!), horseback riding, playing video games, building Legos, and flipping between Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Animal Planet. Hans loved all members of his family and he was a loyal friend. He had to go through a lot of treatment in his life. But Hans powered through it. His attitude was let's get this done! His motivation was always to get back home, to his family, pets, favorite foods and pool.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Touch and Go

Sooooo, it's been a rough week around here. Hans is finishing up his tenth round of ABT 751 and for the most part is doing well. With one exception....
He can be very resistant about getting out the door to school. It's pretty crazy. He definately does a ton better when he's off meds than on meds. So, thankfully today is the last day of this round. I know he loves school and it's been great for him. But, it's like he is getting stuck transitioning from home to car to school. Argh! We are working on it - but don't have a great road map! So, I guess if you can keep those "super cool school" thoughts coming for Hans, we'd appreciate it!

On another note, we are heading out to Schlitterbahn (a water park in the Texas Hill Country) this weekend for a Sunshine Kids field trip. It's going to be a lot of fun. Thanks in advance to SSK for including our family on this adventure. Then, we will then be getting ready for Philly on Monday.

Elle is doing just great. She's getting into the groove of 5th grade. Yesterday she ran for her homeroom representative and after three rounds of voting, she came in a close second and will serve as alternate. Last week's soccer game got rained out and she'll miss this game for the Schlitterbahn trip.

I guess that's about it for now.



The Porters said...


There are 35 kids at our bus stop and none of them are on chemo. However, on most days there is always one (or two or three...) who are giving their mom a hard time (crying, complaining, etc.). So far there have been at least 2 days where the bus was held up while a mom was trying to pry the child's hands off of them or from the rails on the bus!! And supposedly, one of the current first graders did this regularly last year!

My own child didn't get off the bus the first week of school...we had to go on and get him.

I say all this to let you know that you are not alone! And that I am hoping (and betting) that it gets better for you all! Tamiko

Anonymous said...

Way to go Elle! We love that you're always trying new things.

Hooray for the end of round 10. We just think it is so great that Hans is enjoying school. I love Tamiko's comment about the bus stop kids! It always helps to talk and laugh with other mom. Just keep enlisting the help of Elle and Zack.

Have fun at the water park.

Love, G. Kathy and G. Dale xoxo

Anonymous said...

I sure wish I could be there with you at school. I know you are doing a great job, and that it is hard to get going for the first few weeks. School is a big job so it can get you tired. But don't worry it will get easier. I see it happen every year. Keep up the great work!

:) Mrs. Nusbaum
Hi From baby Mia too! :)

Anonymous said...

Hooray for Schliterbahn! Lots of good bbq and sausage nearby, so hopefully the fun of the water park will be met with a good Hans-style feed after.