Nathan’s Story

Site created on November 2, 2020

Nathan Adams (age 8) started experiencing pain in his right leg in early October. An avid gymnast, we all thought he had pulled a muscle or sprained something. His pain escalated quickly so Brad and Amanda got him to an Orthopedist right away. An initial X-ray confirmed a large mass in his femur.  He was immediately scheduled with a Pediatric Oncologist the next morning who suspected the mass to be a tumor consistent with Osteosarcoma. 

On Oct. 27th, Nathan had surgery to biopsy the tumor and implant a port into his chest for future chemo treatments. The surgery was successful and confirmed the tumor was malignant. He was a stud and never showed any signs of fear. He picked grape flavored anesthesia. 

His initial treatment plan will consist of 12 weeks of aggressive chemo to shrink/contain the tumor followed by surgery to remove the tumor and evaluate the femur. Following the surgery chemotherapy will require Nathan to be in the hospital for 5 days and then he’ll be home recovering for 7 days; then the cycle repeats.  Chemo will be for 6-9 months. During this time his immune system will be compromised and he’ll need to be isolated more than normal. 

Life is going to be hard for a while. Cancer is hard on families. Cancer is hard on marriages. However, we have the Lord as our front and rear guard.   None of this surprised Him. 

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:31‬ ‭

We love you all. Thank you for your continued prayers for our family.

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Lisa Horn
(512) 657-9148

Candy O'Hearn
(512) 799-5790

Sarah Rasmussen
(512) 534-9045

Newest Update

Journal entry by Brandi Johnson

Quick update to share from Brad: “It was a long night followed by a long day, however Nathan is doing well. When his surgeons made their rounds this morning they were both very happy to see how Nathan is doing. He is very sore as so much of his surgery involved bone. Pain management is the name of the game, but we could see progress throughout the day.”

Please pray for rest for Brad & Amanda as they have not slept much since Sunday night, and likely don’t have the best environment to sleep in ICU with nurses coming in regularly for Nathan. Pray for a good night’s sleep tonight and opportunities for rest tomorrow...that their sleep would be multiplied and restore them physically, mentally and emotionally. Pray for the right combination of meds to help manage Nathan’s pain levels while letting him rest and recover comfortably as well. Thanks friends - will keep you posted! 
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