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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, May 14, 2011

back in the saddle

I finally, actually brought my camera, with batteries charged and all to horseback riding!

We are down to one more session, but here's Hans on Dash. Last night we rode the sensory trail and practiced transitions. Hans is good at getting his horse to stop, go, circle, turn and reverse.

We finally got some rain here. We've been in a rare 60 day drought here in the Houston area. Usually our springs are peppered in thunderstorms which I mark by cancelled soccer games and trainings. No trainings or games have been cancelled this Spring and things had gotten so dry that telephone poles started to go up in smoke around town. It's very charming to me that over these past two months, the same time I was living through the leukemia scare, each time we pass a certain fountain, Hans' wish was simply for some rain! He's just a sweet regular boy thinking about our flowers and our little tomato plants, wanting it to rain so that he can get a break from watering duty.

Elle is spending the weekend away at a girlfriends b'day party beach house weekend. Hans and I plan to hit the Woodlands Community pools preseason opening day. We've, of course, been counting down the days.

I want to say thanks to my NB mamas, who treated me for a special mom's night out this week. I received a ridiculously wonderful going away gift of the James Avery Sisterhood Ring. The meaning behind it is so special, and it's just a gorgeous thing! It has fast become one of my most prized possessions. Thanks, girls.

Med News: Got Neulasta shot yesterday at clinic sans tears. Labs were still pretty regular HGB 11.3, pLts 278, and I'm delighting in the fact that the MCV has been falling since our scare, yesterday back down to 95!


Kate said...

Hans, you are a natural on your horse!! You look great!! Glad all is going well with you buddy.

Anonymous said...

It is the simple things in life that bring great joy!

Hans is looking like a seasoned rider! I am so pleased he enjoys his time on horseback! Buzzy awaits in NM should you pass this way!

We, too, FINALLY had a nice rain last night! It has been so dry throughout the SW!

Your time in Houston is drawing to a close...new adventures ahead!

Love and hugs,
Aunt Susy

Anonymous said...

P.S. LOVE the riding attire, Hans! You may begin a new trend!

L & H,
Aunt Susy

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Hans has all of the basic riding commands down. He and Eddie will get along great this summer. I'll make sure she's all tuned up and ready to give him a some great rides (Elle and Mom too)!!

Have fun at the pool and hope Elle's sleep over was fun.

G.Kathy & G.Dale XOXO

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you are having a good time! I love reading the blog and seeing happy, good news! Miss you all. It's raining here too!