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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.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Still doing fine!





Hans and his Easter Basket.

Kevin and Elle on the Easter Egg "Hunt" in our front yard.


It's funny - the better and better Hans has been doing, the less I feel I have to say here on this blog!

The good news - Hans is okay! This Round (Round 22) is over. He dodged mouth sores or any significant side effects. I almost forgot about his Neulasta last week, but when we got an ANC back last Weds of 900, my memory kicked in and we booked him an appointment for the shot on Thursday. The HGB was good at 9.9 and the Platelets great at 300-something. Yay! We'll go in for labs locally on Wednesday of this week and we'll go down to TCH next week for the OV/check up before we start the next round.

We had a fun visit with my mom. I love it when she comes down for Spring break, because it's like we get to squeeze in a second spring break. We were mostly running around like crazy with I think 8 showings of our house last week.

Kevin flew out from CA for Easter Weekend and we joined Elle's girl Scout troop on a trip to the Schlitterbahn Waterslides in Galveston on Friday. It was good - and Hans did great. We just got a late start because I knew he wouldn't last the whole 10 hour the day the girls did. He did hold up well for about 5 hours of water sliding. FUN! He did clear the next height marker, so there were more slides for him to ride this time.

I guess we got lucky - we got two offers on our house and sealed the deal today. I'm happy that it all went quickly. It's pretty tricky to keep the house in 'showing' condition around the clock. We have found a neat home in Bakersfield. Everything might just work out smoothly, the kids can likely finish the year here and then we'll go join Kev in Cali.


In other news... My dear friend/Hans' godmother Roxie has spent just about the past week in the hospital even ICU with a bizarre and scary case of Bacterial Pneumonia. I'm so very happy that she turned a corner.


And...we got a new Nephew this weekend! Kevin's sister Anna and her husband Matt welcomed Baby Benjamin Michael on Thursday.

4 comments:

Vickie said...

Wonderful on many fronts, except poor Roxie! Tell her I'm sending all kinds of good thoughts her way. When my mom had bacterial pneumonia, I think she would have chosen death if she had the choice. She felt really, really bad and it took a while to recover.

Jennifer said...

So where is the house in Bako? It has grown so much since I lived there!

suzanne stoltz said...

hurrah for the contract on the house - even though I'll still miss our encounters (rare now) at TCH.

congratulations to Hans on the latest round and on reaching the height marker at the park.

Anonymous said...

Whoo hoo, Hans! Great news...AND great fun!

Congratulations regarding the house sale and house discovery! All aspects of the move are settling nicely into place.

I am so sorry Roxy has been ill, but pleased to know she is feeling better!

The blogspot has created a family of friends far and wide! My heart soars when I read about progress and day-to-day joys and fills with compassion when learning about difficult challenges.

Enjoy your spring days...we had snow last night!

Love and hugs,
Aunt Susy