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In Honor of Andrew (AJ Molenda)

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  • In Honor of Andrew (AJ Molenda)

    I have some good news to share

    my wife gave birth to twins on April 5 (a boy, Alexander Jack and a girl - Natasha Grace)

    and in honor of Andrew we named the boy Alexander Jack - so his initials would be AJ

    Back when Andrew was born - I was a young child and a wicked speech problem--- so I could not pronounce Andrew -- I was very frustrated by this -- I kept trying to say Andrew but could not -- so I started calling him by his initials AJ -- that nickname stuck with him until he went to college

    (as a funny side note to this story -- we were living in boston at the time -- and I was in intensive speech therapy for a few years -- by the time I was 7 all my speech problems were corrected but I had been taught by a speech therapist who had a strong back bay boston accent -- so when I was 8 and we moved to oklahoma -- they could not understand a word that I said and I got put back into speech therapy)

    As soon as I told Andrew that I was going to be a father -- he was super excited that he was going to be an uncle

    he was really looking forward to meeting his niece and nephew --

    regretably that never happened -- but I know that he is up there looking down on us with a smile on his face when I am waking up at 4 am to change diapers --- and I know that Andrews spirit will live on in his children and in his neice and nephew

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  • #2
    Congratulations on the twins. These two new members of the family are sure to have a special Guardian Angel.
    Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

    Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.


    • #3
      great news dan and congratulations .. my oldest son is an AJ anthonj joseph ... good to know that your kids will have a gaurdian angel watching over them in andrew ....
      diagnosed jan 19, 2005 - right i/o jan 21- ct scan and x rays clear-- march 14 rplnd... mixed germ cell


      • #4
        Congratulations, Dan!!

        As a fellow father of twins (who are almost 8), I have some idea what you're dealing with. How often do well-meaning strangers say, "You sure have your hands full!"?
        right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since

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        • #5
          Congratulations Dan, thats great news!! Thanks for sharing this with us.

          That story about the speech therapist in Boston is hilarious!!

          Diagnosed 10/03/03
          I/O 10/15/03
          RPLND 1/21/04
          Completed the Boston Marathon 4/19/05
          Completed the Boston Marathon 4/17/06
          Baby Riley born on 3/29/09

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          • #6
            congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i would of taken 10 if the good lord would of gave them to us!!!! happy parenting!
            diagnosed 01/15/2005 bi-lateral seminoma stage IIa,4cm lymph node, right I/O & partial left I/O mar/2005, 18 days of radiation, remaining left I/O- aug/2005, surveillance, Wife did IVF oct/2005, DAD OF BABY GIRL born 08-02-2006!!! testosterone implants May 2008


            • #7
              Dan, Congrats to you and your family!!!! When I was 9 I lost my 5 year old sister to leukemia. My daughter's middle name is Susan, after my sister. We talk about her Aunt Susan all the time and ask that she watches over us. I know in my heart she does, and I know in my heart Andrew will always be protecting your children and laughing alongside them. And you really WILL sleep again!! How exciting!!!
              Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.


              • #8
                Congratulations Dan!!!!!!!
                Moffitt Cancer Institute
                CANCER SUCKS
                Diagnosed/Left I/O 9/18/2004--Non-Seminoma/Stage IIIC--3X B.E.P chemo--3X T.I.P. Salvage chemo---Abdominal [email protected] 34cmX 24.5cmX 17.5cm---4/19/2005 --RPLND/Left Kidney,8 1/2lb Abdominal tumor,42 nodes removed---7/16/2005 Remission/Surveillance---Severe Peripheral Neuropathy--