Lance is NED!! Lance is in the eighth grade. He enjoys being manager for the DHS football, basketball and track & field teams. He is all boy alright! He goes back to St. Jude in July 2014 for annual scans. Please keep him in your prayers.
I am a little boy who has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma. It is a type of bone cancer. I live in New Mexico, but my parents wanted me to have the best treatment in the country so we are here in Memphis, TN at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. My working diagnosis was made in my home town by my primary care provider. She is a very smart lady who did not waste any time by helping us get referred to St. Jude. My dad who is a New Mexico National Guardsman was stationed in Afghanistan when we found out about my illness. He was able to come home and be with me and my mom. My mom and dad are "tag teaming" with each other to make sure one parent is here with me and that a parent is home with my sister, Lindsey. Once a month we are all together in Memphis.
After six rounds of chemo therapy, I had surgery on December 1, 2008 to remove the portion of my leg bone that had the tumor growing inside of it. I have an internal prosthesis and I am currently continuing my chemo treatment to kill any other cancer cells that may be floating around my body. I am going through physical therapy, where I am learning how to walk again.
I am halfway through my protocol!! I am now in the single digits of chemo therapy treatments left (only nine). I continue to work hard at PT and I can now put weight on my leg. I will soon be walking with one crutch and I hope to be walking on my own in a few months.
I have only one more chemo treatment left!! My body is very tired and my counts are all over the place. Once I recover from the last chemo and have end of treatment scans I will be going back home. I am walking with only one crutch and many times I can walk without it.
I completed my last round of chemo. I am waiting for my counts to stabilize before I can go back to New Mexico.
We are at home in New Mexico. I am doing well and it feels so good to be living together under the same roof with my family.
September - December 2009
I was home schooled with my buddy, Joey. His mom our dear family freind made it possible so that my body could recover without being exposed to all the normal kid school germs. My dad and I started playing the guitar since I cannot play sports any more, that's ok, because I can play better than he can. You do not have to have a ball in your hand to have a good competition. =)
I returned back to school at Dora!! I am really enjoying being with all my friends. I turned 10, I had clear scans and I got a pet.
I know I have lots of people praying for me and I want to let them know we can feel the prayers.
My mom and dad will be keeping friends and family updated in the Journal section of my web page here at the caringbridge web site.