Nate has been doing well. The doctors appointment went well yesterday and Nate was able to go to the movies tonight!! We will go in Friday for the 48 hr outpatient chemo. Then check in on Sunday for the arerial chemo. It will only be for 6 hours this time.
Nate has been up and about being able to put a little bit of weight on his knee. He is feeling stronger and will be able to beat this! We go in tomorrow afternoon for our weekend of chemo in a backpack! We will be back in on Sunday night for the flat on your back chemo starting Monday. We hope to make it a quick visit this time. We still appreciate all of you pulling for him!
Nate is all hooked up and we have started round 3 of the chemo. The docs are pleased with his nutrional status..due to the g-tube. He looks so much better, has been able to put on a few pounds and is in a better state to take on this round of chemo. They will be able to assess the tumor size again on Monday. It generally takes 3-5 rounds to achieve the 90-95% shrinkage. Nate is hoping for 3 so we can move on to the next steps. This has been a ride and we still feel so blessed to have all of you! Thank you!!!
Well, the chemo is working since Nate is real tired today and not able to keep much down. So zap away at that tumor! We will be checking back in at the hospital around 4pm. We should find out if the tumor shrunk anymore tomorrow morning! He will only have the arterial chemo for 6 hours instead of 24 so we are hoping for better recovery. It still kinda sucks either way but just not as long! Thanks for checking in and keeping track! We are lucky to have such great friends!
nate has finished this round of chemo. The 6 hours ended and we did finally get to talk to the doc about what he saw. there is shrinkage, but not quite enough yet. He will have one more round of this chemo. we are still awaiting for two other docs to share their input, but even doing the math, puts it at one more round. ( 40% shrinkage the first round, 40% second round leaves the 20% they think they still see with today at 1/4 of the time puts it at another 10% with one more round at another 1/4 of time gives another 10%.) We were hoping for better results but will do what is best for Nate. We hope to go home tomorrow! Thanks for all your prayers!Nate is feeling okay- tired and sleeping- but he is not in pain- not on heavy duty pain meds and should have an easier time recovering!(LOL- only to do it again in a few weeks!!)
We are able to go home today. We are waiting for Nate to get up and about on his feet before they will let us go. It should be shortly after noon. He is still groggy and tired from the treatment but going home is always a motivater!!
He has done well this time. 6 hours is a better round than the 24 hr. He will still need a day or so to recover and then we will need to watch his counts. He is a fighter!
Well, we made it home! Nate spent the night in his own bed! Woohoo! He is still pretty tired and needs extra fluids but it is so much better to have him home to regain his strength. He should be a bit more awake today but we are still taking it one day at a time.
Nate is feeling a bit better. He was up more yesterday and each day is one day closer to being done! He hasn't decided if the 6 hours was any easier than the 24hours. With the 24 hours he is kept medicated more and sleeps. The 6 hours he was more awake and could feel it more. I think recovery time is what is the difference. He was able to play a little XBox with his brothers yesterday. Mark, Dan and Nicole left for Omaha today. (Baseball touranment) Nate would have wanted to go but if his strength comes back he will head to Steamboat next Friday for David's tournament. We are trying not to push it but keep some normalcy to the summer. So three rounds done and one more to go! Go Nate!!
we made it through another day! Nate is doing well- His spirits are good. He had Jena come over and visit and then Traivs to play video games. He still doesn't have his appetite complete and probably not drinking enough fluids, but he is awake and positive! One of the side effects affects his taste buds so nothing is good!! This is the week the g-tube really helps. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers! They are still felt and you are so appreciated!! :-)
Nate was up more yesterday and actually was able to eat. He is continuing to amaze me with his strong attitude and desire to beat this thing and not let it beat him. I continue to believe it is the power of prayers that is giving us the strength to make it through this time. Thank you for all of your support.
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.
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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