Message from Ellen
(English Translation of April 13 Post by Ellen)
Hello, from our cold Spring.
First I want to say thank you for all the kind attention we have received from friends and family: calls, texts, messages, visits, gift certificates and delicious food.
Everyone is helping us in our struggle.
I had my second “Nectar” treatment on April 2. I have decided to call the chemotherapy medicine “Nectar” in order to give it a positive name and welcome it to my body so it can do the work it needs to do to heal me. Better than to describe it in negative words.
Always it seems that the first 6 days are very hard and I sleep all the time. But sleeping is part of the cure.
In these 6 days (when my appetite does not disappear) I sleep and eat. I hardly do anything else. After this, I start to wake up, and I can take walks, go to yoga, physical therapy, and be a little more sociable. All these activities are very important to help me physically and mentally.
The good news is that I have tolerated the nectar. Every week they do blood tests to see how my defenses are doing, and for the moment I am good. It is early to draw any conclusions, but it appears that the treatment is functioning well. I have the good luck to be able to take leave from work, now that I do not have the energy to work … there are not enough hours left in the day.
The next session is the 24th of April at 9:30 am. So if anyone wants to accompany me to the hospital (1 hour of rapid walking – 6 km), I will leave home at 8:15 in the morning to walk to the hospital. It was just lovely to have three friends who walked with me last time. It was beautiful, in good company, and because afterward I was sitting 6-7 hours, it is best to be a bit tired, and have been breathing clean air before they give me the nectar.
Everyone should know how much we appreciate all the support. Luke is an oak tree and supports me in everything. He is good, and strong. He takes good care of me. And for me the most important thing is that he also receive the support of friends.
Thank you and we will be in touch soon.