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Lance’s Story

Lance is NED!! Lance is in the nineth 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 November 2014 for annual scans.  Please keep him in your prayers. 



August 2008
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.

December 2008
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.

 February 2009
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.

 

June 2009
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. 

July 2009
I completed my last round of chemo.  I am waiting for my counts to stabilize before I can go back to New Mexico.

August 2009
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.  =) 

January 2010
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Journal Update

NED has left D Clinic!!!

Greetings from Portales,

I am happy to report that Lance has reached his next milestone in this journey.  He has been transferred over to the ACT Clinic (After Completion of Therapy)! We will go once a year to the ACT clinic for check-ups.  He will still be going back to C Clinic every 3 - 6 months for leg lengthenings. During this trip we discovered Lance's spring has sprung to its final extension. After 4 attempts his leg did not lengthen at all.  We knew this day was coming, and we were glad to get 8 cm during the last 6 years. It is very preliminary, but we are looking at February to go in and replace his current prosthesis with a new one.  This will require major surgery and Lance will be in Memphis for 10 - 14 days.  Lance is currently 2 cm short in his left leg, this surgery cannot wait until summer, as he has finally started those teenager growth spurts.  He is starting to eat me out of house and home.  It has taken his body quite a bit of time to recover from the chemo, but it looks like we are well on our way to growing. 

I did not mean to leave our dear caringbridge family hanging, I apologize for not posting sooner; however, the last two days since we have gotten home have been crazy busy with traveling to football games, laundry, unpacking, and doing the normal things in life that we treasure so very much!  Thank you for your prayers they mean the world to us.  I will post once we have a surgery date set. 

Taking one step at a time,

The Fletcher Family 

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Sandy Daron
By Sandy Daron
WOOHOOOOO!! Praise be to God!! What a magnificent day!!!

Congrats, Lance!! You ARE a survivor and OVERcomer!!

Love ya,
C.O.L.E.s Foundation
(Caring Openly, Loving Eternally)
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Email: sandy@colesfoundation.com
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Trish Maguire
By The Maguire Family
Congratulations Lance! This is great news.
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