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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, September 19, 2011


Well, I have put off this update for 48 hours because it is not a fun one to read or write. All was going well...and then...Hans started to have some back pain on our way down to the Dodgers game. We made it through the game and stayed in LA. The back pain got worse at midnight Friday night and by 5 am Saturday the lower back pain couldn't be controlled by his oral Oxycodone.

Sooo....we've been inpatient since then. Right now they have him on a morphine pain pump that seems to be taking care of the pain. We've had a couple of different action plans since admission, but the present plan seems to be: CT and bone scan today, bone marrow biopsy tomorrow. It seems we'll possibly postpone therapy as we await this new disease evaluation. Hans is also pretty constipated, so we are working on that. It could certainly account for some of the pain...

Oh, I wanted to share that the TCH bake sale brought in 2650 for the CNCF! Yay. Thanks, ladies.


Kate said...

I'm so very sorry that Hans has been in pain. Thinking of him and your whole family. Praying for some good news on the scans and no more back pain for Hans.

Shannon said...

Definitely no fun to read & I am sure horrible to go through. So sorry that sweet Hans is in pain. I will pray for all of you & hope that all of the scans bring only stable results. Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

Get better HANS!!! We love you!
Kerry Sean & Madison

erin marie said...

Poor little dude. :( Thinking of my wee cousin!

Anonymous said...

Oh, gosh!

May the pain BE GONE swiftly, and our little man feeling well soon!

Love and hugs to ALL!
Aunt Susy

Anonymous said...

Praying it's the constipation. Thinking of you all. sending much love and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Hi La, I'm ashamed to say this is the 1st time I have read the blog since we left Seattle in July. My Mom keeps me updated & I am so sorry & sad things are not better for Hans right now. I ordered him a little gift, because it reminded me of him & his Angry bird teachings at Papa's house. I will let you know when it gets here & hopefully I can drop it by sometime.
Lots of Love & Hugs!
Blessed Be <3

Blair said...

Poor Hans. Praying for you guys this week!

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear that Hans is in pain. I am praying for his relief from pain and good outcomes from all of the tests.

Lots of love and hugs,
Sunny and family

Anonymous said...

Uggh, Lara! 100% Ditto to what Shannon said. Hope Hans' pain is under control, today's scans are going smoothly and you get no unpleasant surprises with the results. Prayers and prayers coming your way.

Anonymous said...

Thinking about you guys and praying that Hans' pain can be managed and that all scans will be stable or improved!
The Nolens

Anonymous said...

I'm sending prayers and love. And I hope that the scans are clear!

Love to you all!



Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to read this update. I hope his pain is resolved soon and hope the scans still look stable.

Kate said...

Just thinking of sweet Hans. Sending much support and praying Hans is feeling better and out of pain.

Belen Carrasco said...

so sorry to read this. praying the pain subsides soon! we were at a dodger game this weekend too - i wonder if we were at the same one? always thinking of you all.

Halie Pigott said...

Praying for stable results, Lara! As always you , Hans and your sweet family are in our prayers!

Anonymous said...

Praying hard for you all. Looking at that sweet picture on my bulletin board at Little Saints as I Type! Much love, prayers, and healing vibes coming Hans' way!
Katie K