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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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Unofficial Good News

I have to update to share some unofficial good news! Both Dr. Maris and the attending here have eyeballed Hans' CT scan to say it looks good (aka clean, clear and free of NB or any other tumor or cancer!). Preliminary results of the bone marrow aspirate look good as well. The actual bone marrow biopsy will take a couple of days. Dr. Maris and I both suspect it will be positive on at least the right side. However, the onc who did the biopsy didn't see any "large clumps of tumor" when he spread it on the slide...

All good. All I can say is Hallelujah! Thanks for checking up on this little dude. Thanks for your calls texts emails and notes. I haven't been too chatty so sorry if I haven't shot a note back. I'm just using every drop of my energy and emotional reserves to do what we've gotta do here. This just sucks out of you about everything you've got. I was shaking like a leaf througout the CT scan was as nervous as I've ever been about anything. We meet with our team formally tomorrow. Still inpatient tonight as we continue to deal with low sodium,low potassium and headaches. Dr. Maris attributes Hans' current condition to a bug that has zapped him, and this is how Hans looks getting through it sans adrenal glands. I'll take that explanation to the bank.


Anonymous said...

Hip hip hooray! Talking to your mom right now on the phone. We love you all. pl

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update! Kathy has been keeping me posted too. Keeping up the prayers for all of you!

Love Aunt Holly

Anonymous said...

Rejoice! Yes! I have been so worried! Love and hugs to you all and I will keep praying for more good news!


Shannon said...

So happy to hear some good news, even if it is unofficial....we'll take it!

Kate said...

Wow, what wonderful news! So happy for you all!! Get better Hans -- this bug sounds terrible!!

Anonymous said...


Kathy has kept me informed, too!

May you and Hans rest and be well soon!

Love and hugs,
Aunt Susy

Charon said...

That's good news Lara!! Hang in there. Big hugs from Texas!


Anonymous said...

Yaaaay!! Couldn't have asked for better news! Go Hans -- what an assiduous fighter!!


Kim Tyler said...

Praying for your beautiful family every day. You are so strong Laura, and it must take everything you've got to go through this time after time. Hans is so lucky to be in your loving care. Big hugs to you!