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Nate’s Story
To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did. When God takes something from your grasp, he's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to it's old dimensions.-

Oliver Wendell Holmes

It started with Nate complaining of knee pain. He had broken his right ankle playing basebktball and the doc thought it was overcompensating from having a cast. After following docs orders on ice, Aleve, and P/T exercises we went to a knee doctor. Nate was diagnosed with bone cancer on April 25, 2006. He went through four rounds of IV and IA chemotherapy . He has had surgery on July 19,2006. He has finished four different rounds of IV chemo since then and is going through physical therapy. He is a fighter! He has been working hard on getting his strength back.

Nate has done great. He played ball this past spring(07)- and went to Costa Rica in the summer. The scans for Sept were not so great. They found cancer nodules on his lungs.He has been on the immunity booster treatment since then and will have yet another surgery Nov 28th to remove a cancerous nodule from his lung. He is attitude is great and we will just move forward to get this all done. They did add a chemo agent to his treatment. It is still experimental. We now have started the new year with a clot from his port. The port is out and he will do shots to help thin the blood and dissolve the clot. As of Feb 08 he decided to bypass any more experimental treatments. The nodules have stil been growing despite feeling like he has the flu every weekend. So he just wants to have fun for his senior year, play ball and graduate. Then he will look at surgery or other options.

Nate had the surgery on June 6th. He did not recover well. they did take out all the cancer and the last scans showed know cancer nodules in his lungs. But- he has not been fully himself. They cannot determine if it is permanent. It is mostly memory issues but the neurological testing showed slowness in processing as well.
This May, they found the cancer had returned.

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Journal entry by Sarah Jurney

Today is just one of those dates that is embedded within. It is not that it is used against you, it is that you embrace it with love and the memories- all of them from a life- that it beholds.

I think this day used to be hard as it marks the day Nate left, yet I do not dread it as I once had. Today is 6 years since he took his last breath, but it is 6 years that I still feel he watches over all of us.
Some days I could still consider him to be his onery self.. and hear the echo of how I make much to much of this.. change your "o" to an "e".. or simply ..'do what makes you happy'

He was a character- and he is missed as well as remembered. His presence is still felt in times of need. I love the friends that share their stories... a picture shows up,..a song on the radio..  a memory of baseball or a random #17... and even a swirling of cotton in the wind.. He is in his own Field of Dreams being an angel.. playing more games than just baseball.

Today is not a sad day. It is a day to smile- to remember- and to be happy to be a part of his story.

Love and Blessings-

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Love you Nate, Your Grannie | May 21, 2018
Another beach party with no dolphins...but two large pelicans swooping down before me and a beautiful butterfly flitting near my shoulder...such a ham  you still are.  Life continues to march on just as our gentle gulf waves are always there...missing you more with each of my passing years...wish you were here  !!
Grannie | May 21, 2017

Well Bud, sorry couldn't make it to the beach today, though memories of you don't need a perfect setting.  Hopefully tomorrow ( the 22nd)....which is the day it actually was for me when I learned you had passed due to EST....will find those dolphins lined up, waiting. 

 A beautiful cardinal just landed on the picture window sill...looking for your sunflower seeds...or just to let me know all is well?  Missing you and praying for your family...God Bless

Carolyn Sells | Mar 30, 2017
Another birthday come and gone, with those who love you still, stopping to remember that smile, or having that piece of chocolate cake for you....what's important is that you passed this way and made so many of us take notice...all better off because we loved you...all living a little fuller life because we carry you with us...Peace of the Beach be with you...
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Carolyn Sells | May 21, 2016
Remembering you today, as every day, with a smile on my face and happiness in my heart.  Funny how life moves on and plays out like it was meant to....funny how thoughts of you are always so funny....and there whenever I need to pull one up !  The pic of 4 year old you chasing seagulls on Monterey Beach is at the end of the hall outside your room...the room has been redone, but this creaky old beach cottage still echos your glee.  Funny how some people just leave their mark on this world....Peace be with you Bud!
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Carolyn Sells | Mar 30, 2016
Another beach party with NO dolphins and another year of missing you.  Know that you will forever be in our hearts.  As I walked back to the car, sad not to have seen a dolphin, the cloudy sky opened up enough to let the sun's rays shine thru.  You are such a ham!  Love you, Gran
Carolyn Sells | May 21, 2015

The beach party was glorious.  I texted Sal about how beautiful the day is here and as I hit send, people all jumped up , looking towards the water, a sure dolphin sighting signal.  I missed the dolphin coming out of the water, and watched as this beautiful young blonde ran after it along the shore.  First regrets that I missed the sighting, then a warm heart that like the dolphin symbol of Nate, girls were still chasing him. 

 Nate knew that love never dies.   The greatest tribute to Nate is finding new love and not wasting a moment here on earth.  Happiness truly is a journey, not a destination!    Missing you Big Guy.....

Carolyn Sells | Mar 30, 2015

Hard to believe 25 years ago today I heard that first cry, saw the bright eyes and those big hands!  Just one of our "moments" that bring a smile to my face and a song to my heart.  Missing you Big Guy, as does your entire "family"

Love remembering you, Gran

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