We have been very happy together in recent days. Ellen has recovered much of her energy. We are taking long walks in the sage, enjoying the subtle colors of the grasses and brush. We feel very close to each other.
But things are changing, and challenges do lie ahead. Ellen’s next chemotherapy session is this coming Wednesday, October 30. We intend to leave our house at 9:15 am to walk to the hospital for treatment.
But this is not going to be one of those sunny walks in shorts and t shirts. The high for the day is supposed to be 24° F, and there will be snow showers all day. And this is just a taste of what we expect in November, December and January. A suggestion to anyone who is inclined to talk Ellen out of this: don’t.
If you really truly want to be with us, and your health and your other obligations permit, your company would be very welcome indeed. If this is too much for you right now, we completely understand.
We really have no news on the medical front; under the current program there will be no additional testing of real rigor until some time in December. In the meantime we both try to stay fit, eat right, avoid stress and keep up morale. And focus on love. There are some things that are happy notes: under the new chemotherapy regime, Ellen’s hair seems to be growing back.
Lovely gathering last night of some of Ellen’s Latina compañeras; laughter and good cheer through the evening.
When this chapter started, the land was covered with snow. And here it comes again. By the time this chapter ends, winter will again be upon us, and the countryside will be under a deep white blanket. There is already ice on the pond.
Each year we buy a box of local peaches in September and try to make them last as long as we can. We ate the last one yesterday.
Ellen’s medical advisory team (below) continue to do their job with distinction.
So we think do often of our friends and family and how they have supported us, and how comforting that support has been. And how much we need you all. The next few months are likely to be cold, rugged and hard. We will persevere.
“The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” — Thomas Paine