Ellen and Luke both want to share some information and some thoughts.
First, the information. Ellen is now diagnosed as having peritoneal cancer. She will have a series of six chemotherapy treatments, three weeks apart. The first one is Monday, at Swedish Hospital in Denver.
Second, some thoughts. We of course had no warning where our lives were going. Less than a month ago, all seemed normal and we were excited getting ready to go to Argentina and back pack across the Andes to Chile.
Things have changed, repeatedly, unpredictably ever since.
The one thing that has been constant through all this is the flowing stream of thoughtful, caring and loving support we have received from our families, our friends, colleagues at work, people we know, and at times from complete strangers.
Fifteen years ago, we had only known each other a year or two. We were thinking about a future together.
We were both new to Gunnison. We were wondering where we wanted to have a life together. And we decided to try doing that here. What a good decision that has been.
This has been a very challenging three weeks for us.
We knew we had some wonderful people in our lives, but honestly never understood that there was such a river of support from friends and neighbors here and far away.
Or that we would need help so much.
When we hungered, you gave us food. When we were thirsty, you gave us drink. When we needed it, you have taken us in to your homes. When we were sick, you have visited us.
At every moment that we have needed your support, you have been there.We know we will continue to need your support, and know that you will be with us.
This community of place and of people is truly our home.
We are fortunate and grateful.
Thank you all, near and far.