Ellen had her most recent infusion three days ago. Before she did that, she accomplished her goal of 500 miles of walking during treatment.
And since her chemotherapy has now been extended, the new goal is a total of 1000 km. (Including what she has already done).
We did have a good week last week. Luke’s sister Nora was visiting. It was great to see her, and she was incredibly helpful with our long list of undone tasks.
Of course, the last couple of days have been difficult, as the previous rounds of therapy have been. Ellen is very tired and has quite low energy level. She doesn’t feel very good. But her spirits have remained high, she is as determined as ever, she is smiling, and it is a delight to be near her.
There is a wonderful organization here that supports people with cancer and those close to them. It is called Living Journeys.
Today was their annual fund raiser which includes your choice of a very challenging half marathon up most of a big mountain. Or if you prefer, a climb all the way to the top.
Ellen and Luke were planning to climb to the top of the mountain, the Crested Butte for which the town of Crested Butte is named.. She so much wanted to do this. But it turns out that given the ways of the world, and treatment regimes, she is just three days past her chemotherapy infusion, so she spent most of the day in bed, while Luke and some friends climbed the mountain. We paid Ellen’s registration fee, to support Living Journeys and to show her heart was with us.
It was a misty dark and wet morning.
But eventually the sun started coming through.
And then we could see the peak above us.
The flowers were lovely in the early morning light.
Eventually we got above the clouds.
And we did get to the top.
And when Luke got home, after a short nap, what did Ellen want?
She wanted to go for a walk. We just made it to the mailbox and back, but hey, we did a kilometer, she is starting to get back on her feet, we are closer to the 1000 kilometer goal, and there is more to come.
We are going to repeat this climb in September, in the yellow leaves, and with Ellen.
Cannot end without expressing again our deep appreciation for the support, help and companionship of all the wonderful people who we are privileged to know..