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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, June 09, 2012


Hans is HOME!  Finally, at long last.  We were d/c'd yesterday.  Unfortunately, we were stopped from heading north on I-5 due to a Brush Fire.  But, as we have learned through the years, when something sounds like a hassle, it sometimes winds up FUN.  We bailed on the freeway in time to try to cut around to Bakersfield through our favorite little artsy/hippie community of Ojai, CA in the Ojai Valley.  Our drive to LA takes us over a mountain pass and the only way around is to go far and wide... By the time we got to Ojai we gave up on making it home and Kev managed to book us two rooms at the Hummingbird Inn.  It was super cute!  Our caravan, of me, Elle and Hans and then Gramma Kathy and Aunt Debi arrived safely.  Kevin arrived early on the scene this morning to fetch Hans and deliver donuts.  Us girls shopped today.  It's pretty cute in Ojai.  I'm a fan if you can't tell!

We missed our homecoming party sponsored by our sweet neighbors, but we enjoyed our Welcome Home Hans banner and Lasagne feast tonight, instead.  Thanks Mars!

The amazing/incredible news????  Hans' pain has been at a ZERO since about yesterday morning!!!  Is it our new oral pain regime?  Is it the treatment taking effect??  Only time will tell.

We get a day off of travel tomorrow and then we start our commute to LA.  The drive takes 4 hrs round trip, barring any bad traffic, delays, or detours.  The treatment should take three hours each day, barring any delays.  So, our day will be like a job.  A bad job, perhaps, but an important one.  Dr. Wong says he'll schedule a CT of the spine on about June 18th to check up on our progress.

Thanks for checking up on us.


Anonymous said...


Hans pain FREE, a serendipitous detour...and HOME!

I am delighted!

Aunt Debbie and Grandma Kathy will help all of you navigate your rigorous schedule...hang in there!!

Thinking of all of you with BIG love and a smile!
Aunt Susy

Anonymous said...

Happy to know you made it home ... finally !
Enjoy your WE ...

Anonymous said...

So glad Hans is feeling good!!!!
You guys enjoy your time home!

Love, Claire