Ellen had her most recent chemotherapy treatment at Gunnison Valley Hospital on September 19, ten days ago. She tolerated it well.
This was the first of six treatments in the new series; a different set of medications from the previous treatment. They are scheduled to go on into January.
The results of the previous rounds of treatment were mixed. The doctors seem to think the new medications may be more successful in obtaining the results we all so fervently desire.
The future sessions are likely to be on Wednesdays, around mid-day. The next appointment is on Wednesday, October 9. As in the past, we intend to walk from our home to the hospital, leaving our house at 11:00 am.
It seems that the side effects of the new treatment may be less daunting, though it is hard to say after only one treatment. Certainly much less nausea.
The Gunnison country is lovely this time of year. Clear cold starry nights. We took a late night walk last night with a warm breeze and the Milky Way spread above us. It is freezing every night now.
The days are full of color: blue skies, green trees, and increasingly yellow hillsides.
We are out and walking in all this loveliness. But Ellen is often tired. She had her surgery in February, and has now been in chemotherapy for some seven months.
And Luke is tired too. It is almost impossible to explain how much paper there is in our lives, from doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, employers. We spend a lot of time filling out forms, and figuring out how to pay for all this.
So we are working hard to stay focused and do what we need to do. And Ellen is very determined, as is Luke. Venceremos. But there are times when both of us are quite tired.
We need your expressions of friendship, support and love more than ever. And are so grateful to all of you who have helped us on this long journey.