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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.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Elle and I are back from camping. We had a fun girls weekend sleeping in these way-cool treehouse cabins, hiking, horseback riding and doing archery. The girls also worked in a lot of cooking and cleaning, eating, playing, a service project, and one craft. Wow. It was a whirlwind for us getting ready for that trip. Mon - Weds we were en route to and from Philly, Thurs a surprise ER trip, and Fri - Sun a girl scout campout. I can't say that I was mentally prepared for it on Friday - if I had had on "out" I may just have taken it! But once you're all packed and in the car to go, it's all good. I always feel better once I've got all the laundry sorted and started, and the fridge cleared out and restocked back home. Check. Yay.

After Thursday's incident, Kevin and Hans took it pretty easy around here. Video gaming and home decorating! With Christmas lights, that is. We are the first on our block this year to deck the halls, with rainbow icicle lights, no less. Hans and Kevin are the Christmas light designers. I always think their design flair is a little honky-tonk/cantina. Elle and I think it's festive, so we'd never object.
Hans is great on Day Five of Round 16. We are just very much focused on getting him to eat and eat and eat. Our Endocrinologist suggested last year that Hans may have a problem absorbing all the food he takes in. So the treatment for that has always been to feed him more. That's our job.

We had a very special visit on Friday from our pal MICKEY! Thanks for coming by, Mickey. We met Mickey in the Fall of 2006 as Mickey was beginning his treatment for ALL. Mickey is now done with treatment, NED, and doing well as a college student on the road to becoming a Pharmacist. He dropped by, bearing the most perfect gifts for Hans it was unbelievable! He brought Hans a Pillow Pet and the one Mario Galaxy video game he didn't have. He could almost drop the Pharmacy career for a job as a mind reader:) Thanks for dropping by, Mickey! Your friendship is very special to us.

Peace, Love and Cure, Lara


Anonymous said...

Super Decorating Job Hansie (and Kevin too) - we'll have Martha Stewart contact you for future reference with the decos. Love from snowy Seattle. pl

Anonymous said...

La - thanks for the pictures.....and card. Happy quiet Thanksgiving Day to you all. Love again, all of us in Seattle.........

Anonymous said...

Good work Hansie and Kev. Grandpa Dale could use your help with his christmas decorating!!

Elle & Lara - way cool campout!

G.Kathy xoxo

Anonymous said...

OOOH,the lighting theme sounds festive...do we have the music, too?!

Great time of year for fabulous foods!!! Most of us will be curbing our appetites, but I will take personal pleasure in knowing that Hans can take it all in!!

CAMPING????!!! It was 15 degrees here last night...it would be a chilly night in the trees!!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, big love, and hugs...Aunt Susy