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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.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Counts recheck

So... things have been busy but fun! I went to pay a visit to my friend Delayna and Hans was jumping on the trampoline, after having spent the day in Mattawa swimming with Kevin's dad's side, and I said, oh - we have to get going, we have to ride horses tonight! And Delayna looked at me and said, 'I thought you were supposed to be slowing down!" We both agreed that I'm not very good at that. Especially when are up here and there is so much to do, so little time!

Wednesday night we went to the county fair grounds to watch a rodeo roping elimination and met up with our friend Clay and his family. Hans enjoyed watching the ropers! The top six cowboys and cowgirls will rope in the upcoming Ellensburg Rodeo Labor Day Weekend. Friday morning Elle and I were able to hike the Manastash Ridge Trail. I was pleased that Elle was interested in this hike - the last time she went - she was in a back pack as a baby. It is about 6 miles round trip, and about 1700 ft up. We made it up very gently, taking quite a few water breaks in over an hour. We signed the guest book at the top to see that one dedicated hiker made it up in 36 minutes - barefoot! Whoa.

We drove back to Seattle yesterday, arriving directly at Children's. Hans counts are so-so. He is "neutropenic" with an ANC of 209. But his HGB and Plts are holding their own at 10.4 and 159. Our friend Will is also experiencing a low ANC and his dad Pat recently did a bang up job at explaining just why that is important here.

My mom took the kids to swim and have dinner with my grandpa. I went to Thai Food with my girlfriends Kerry and Sunny. It's our summer tradition. We've been friends since grade school.

We'll try to slow down the pace, and keep Hans relaxed and germ-free! It's nice weather here so we are happy. Hans and I will meet up with Kevin in Philly on Monday night. Right now we are lounging in our jammies at my mom's playing another exciting game of Uno Spin. Hans loves it! (Thanks for the perfect gift, Colleen!)



Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that you are having a great time up North. Wishing you luck in PA.

Happy Summer!



Anonymous said...

Oh, Manastash! What fun! I haven't done that hike in ages...guess it is about time to get my name back in the book - and have Greta add hers for the first time! So cool that Ellie did it! : )

All the best in Philly, Lara!

xo Shelley

Anonymous said...

La and Hans,
It is pretty quiet around here this morning, Elle is sleeping. And I am just putting away the last of the Hans' "essentials", including the slimy giant "grow frog" in the tub....
Miss you like crazy, but loved having you up here for almost 2 weeks!

Praying for clean scans.
G'ma Stephanie