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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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Another MRI today

E's first day of the seventh grade. Hans has yet to even be registered for second!
I'll work on that in a week or two.

We are on Day 12 - what is scheduled to be our last day of Radiation today. Dr. Marachelian is concerned that Hans' vision hasn't totally corrected, and she suggests that we take another look at the MRI of the brain today, and decide if there is still room for improvement. If there is still is some tumor to work on, we may add additional days of radiation. It actually won't affect our schedule much because we were heading back in all next week for Irino/Temodor Round 2 anyway.

Hans and I are traveling back and forth each day this week. It actually isn't that bad, since the radiation appointments are so quick. We are keeping an eye on Hans' Potassium. Hans is walking around pretty slowly these days...I'm not sure what's up with that. But - he was up for a 3 mile bike ride after clinic on Monday:) We will stay in LA tonight, and we hope to learn of the Doc's new treatment plan quickly after the MRI...

Elle is doing pretty well. She started school Monday. We are incredibly lucky to have 3 7th grade girls in a row right here as our new next door neighbors! They've hit it off and E is of course making new friends at school as well. She will start soccer tonight. Hans has had fun using the girls as target practice with his squirt gun arsenal.

I'll update with the new MRI results and the new plan as soon as I know.


Anonymous said...

Love the pictures! Hansie looks like he's enjoying his target practice! Elle, you're an amazing young lady. Have fun at school with your new friends and activities!!

We're proud of all of you. Prayers for positive scan news.

Love, G.Kathy & G.Dale xoxo

Shannon said...

Thanks for the update! Will be waiting anxiously for the MRI results! Tell Elle that I had those same Vans in 7th grade :)

Anonymous said...

YIKES, Hans...that is QUITE the water pistol...WHOO HOO, everyone had better be quick at dodging Hansie's aim!

Oh, Elle, I know you are enjoying new friendships and the excitement of a new school year! Seventh grade will bring new opportunities...perhaps travel?!

Traveling home at the end of the day to spend the evenings together is sweet!

Loving and hugging you from afar...where the sky AND ground rumble and shake these days!

Aunt Susy

Anonymous said...

Lots of prayers being said here and everywhere for a clear MRI today!
Glad Hans is having a chance to enjoy the pool and bug all those 7th grade girls ;)

Have a relaxing evening with Aimee and a restful weekend at home, hopefully with a plan for what will come after the next round of chemo.

Love and 0X0X0X
G'ma Stephanie

erin marie said...

Elle is looking so fly in this picture. Love the shoes and knee length shorts! That's our fashionable gal. :) May she enjoy the moments in between the water gun assaults. :)

Love you

Anonymous said...

Love the pics...Grandma Jean will enjoy the super soaker pic and Elle's first day of 7th grade! Prayers for good results and a great plan!

Love, hugs and prayers,
Aunt Holly and Uncle Michael