Ellen had her most recent chemotherapy appointment on Wednesday, April 24, and it took her a while to start feeling better after.
She was still very tired when it came time to go to Denver to see her gynecological oncologist at Swedish Hospital, Dr. Davis.
One of the great Gunnison traditions is Cattlemen’s Days, which includes one of the oldest continuous rodeos anywhere in out region. https://www.cattlemensdays.com/cattlemens-days-history/
A part of the annual rodeo is now Tough Enough to Wear Pink, an organization of rodeo participants who started raising money to honor and support breast cancer (now all kinds of cancer) patients. Since Gunnison is a long way from the big medical centers, one ot the needs of cancer patients here is transportation. And the Tough Enough to Wear Pink organization has two vehicles that are available for transportation to cancer patients. So they lent us a vehicle to go to Denver for Ellen’s appointment.
We couldn’t be more appreciative. They even threw in the gas. Support your local rodeo!
On our way to Denver, Ellen felt good enough for a really solid walk, on the old Colorado Midland rail bed outside of Buena Vista. Mount Princeton is in the background.
Luke’s great grandfather was a locomotive engineer who ran trains on this line well over 100 years ago.
In Denver we stayed with our wonderful Aunt Marji, who happens to live next door to Swedish Hospital. And have available a visitors’ apartment. It was a great pleasure to see her. We enjoyed our visit.
Ellen is now almost half way through chemotherapy. She will be done with this series of treatments by the Fourth of July. There are still not a lot of hard data about how her treatment is progressing. What little we have, however, is largely encouraging.
On the way home from Denver, we took the same walk outside Buena Vista. It was lovely again, and Ellen spotted the very first flower of the year here, a miniature blooming cactus. Tiny, delicate and precious.
We took a long walk here at home this morning with Marketa and all the dogs.
Afterward, some wonderful friends came over and helped Luke with the garden work. Peas and onions and lettuce and spinach are in the ground.
We continue to be overwhelmed with gratitude to all of those who have reached out to support us. Thank you!
Ellen and Marketa washed all the dogs. Soft and shiny, isn’t she?
We send you all our love and hope we will hear from you. Support from friends and family is the oxygen that keeps us breathing.