Lance Fletcher's Journal
The Dynamic Duo is in Memphis
Written Nov 7, 2013 9:33pm
Well hello to all from the Dynamic Duo here in Memphis!
I am happy to report that there are no negative or positive results and that's because there were no scans for this visit. Lance has reached the point that he has scans only once a year. The reason we are here is so Lance can grow. He's at an age where he grows too much to wait a full year between leg lengthenings.
The doctors measured Lanceman and they determined that his left leg needed to be lengthened to catch up with his right leg, so they did their magic and stretched his left leg one centimeter. He's pretty sore but I guess that's to be expected when your leg grows a centimeter in a matter of seconds. He has spent most of today sleeping and resting. I am happy to report he came out of anesthesia much better this time.
It may sound strange but I kind of enjoy coming to Memphis. It’s not because we have so much fun here, we do manage to have some fun, but hospitals, even one as nice as St. Jude aren’t the best places for having fun. The reason I enjoy coming here is I always get a sense of thankfulness when I come here. Thankful for my wife, my daughter Lindsey, and my son Lance. Thankful for the health of my family and myself. Thankful for being able to run, an ability I wish Lance still had. Thankful for the people who have donated to St. Jude, which makes this wonderful place possible. On that note, I want to especially thank the Dora Lady Coyotes' volleyball team for donating the proceeds from their Pink Game fund raiser to St. Jude. The ceremony honoring or remembering those affected by cancer was truly moving. I’m thankful for the wonderful communities who supported us through our fight with cancer. I’m thankful that Lance successfully completed chemotherapy over 4 years ago, and having Lance live his "normal" life. I spoke with a young lady here today who has had multiple brain tumors and has been undergoing treatment here since 2001. Thankful for this place of miracles, St. Jude Children's Hospital. Thankful for an appreciation for the gifts in life that I’ve been given.
I hope this post has made you a little thankful as well, if nothing else you’re probably thankful my ramblings have come to an end. Thanks for taking one step at a time with the Fletcher Family.
Joe and Lance
P.S. Lance's mom has a request of the DHS Football team: you need to win tomorrow's semifinal game so your manager can be at the championship game next week!
Written Aug 2, 2013 9:26amGreetings from Portales,
I am happy to report that we received a report of clean scans!! Everything looks great. We do not have to go back for clinic visits for one more year, of course we'll have to go back to St. Jude more often for leg lengthenings, but we can handle that just fine. Lance also grew a centimeter in a few seconds. Unfortunately, Lance did not come out of anesthesia as well as he has in the past, and for a short while we thought he may not be able to fly. He was able to rest and was feeling better by the time we went to the airport. He is quite the trooper, as he was offered a wheel chair at the airport and did not want one. We even walked around the airport to find an Auntie Anne's Pretzel shop. . .we have to keep the DFW tradition of getting a soft pretzel during a layover. By the time we got home his leg was starting to bother him a little, which is normal. Many kids are really sore after a lengthening and have to take pain medicine, Lance usually does not.
Lance continues to amaze me with his strength and his independence, he strives for normalcy. He visits with the doctors and shares with them what works for him and what does not. He takes an IV like a champ and shares with the nurses what works best for him and how to get a good stick on the first try. He is becoming a strong young man and for that we are truly grateful and blessed beyond words. We know that we could not make it through this journey without all the love and support from our friends and family, but most importantly the prayers from our caringbridge family. Thank you so very much for continuing this journey with us. We may not have much to report these days, but that is good news!
May you have a blessed weekend.
Taking one step at a time,
The Fletcher Family
Written Jul 31, 2013 9:06pm
Greetings from Memphis,
It was an incredibly busy day we started at 7:15 am CST and did not stop until 3:00 pm. I am happy to report that Lance will be growing tomorrow morning. A nice way to end the day was dinner with my Aunt Lois. It was so good to see her and visit even if it was for a short time.
After tomorrow’s leg lengthening we’ll meet with Lance’s doctor and find out the results of his scans, a hearing test, and then off to the airport. If all goes well we’ll be home around midnight.
It has been a good trip in that most of the kids we have seentoday are here for after treatment check-ups. It is so neat to see so many children doing well after treatment.
I’ll update more once we have news of Lance’s scans. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Taking one step at a time
Carol and Lance