Saturday, April 25, 2009


Hello friends and family,

As most of you know my father-in-law, Courtney Hanson was diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer. It had spread from the colon to the liver and lungs. It has been one year since Courtney's diagnosis, April 14th to be exact. We have come a long way in that time, getting mixed news of good and bad. We have struggled as a family to come to grips with his diagnosis. He has fought through it all, completing several rounds of chemo with multiple different medications. He has fought through all of the side effects, and has now been off chemo for a rest period for 6 weeks.
Courtney is receiving top notch treatment at Houston's MD Anderson, a leader in cancer research and treatment. Courtney's last trip to MD Anderson held some big surprises. After much consultation and exams, some great news. Courtney's tumors in his liver have shrunk at an alarming rate. The metastasis in his lungs have calcified. His colon appears clean, only with remnants of the previous cancer visible. We are so excited. Now comes a new chapter...

Courtney will have surgery on May 7th at MD Anderson to remove the tumors in his liver. This surgery is serious, but we remain confident that Courtney will do as well as he has in the past. The doctors plan on keeping him about 2 weeks in Houston. Tyler and I are traveling down to MD Anderson on the night of May 6th after I get off work, we will remain there through the weekend. This blog is to allow you all to check up on him and leave him and us messages. I know we will not always be able to have our cell phones close at hand, so I am hoping that a blog will help with updates.
I know I can speak on behalf of all of the Hanson's when I say thank you all for your continued prayers and support. Be sure to leave Courtney a message in the comments, they will be delivered to him daily!

Ashley Hanson