In the Struggle

So if you have not heard much from us, it is because we have been in the thick of the struggle. Ellen has really been feeling terrible. And the medical news is not as encouraging as we would like.

Two weeks ago, Ellen started feeling really bad, with extreme pain. It led eventually to her hospitalization, with a complex list of health problems.

While the pain seems to be a good deal better, she has had swelling of her legs and abdomen, which has caused great discomfort; at times it has kept her from sleeping. She has been unable to eat, but has been gaining weight anyway because of fluid retention.And she has been off and on very weak.

Weak enough that she cannot read. Or watch television. She did listen to all of “To Kill a Mockingbird” on tape.

So in addition to the health effects of the cancer itself, she has pneumonia. And today is the bottom of the trough of her weekly chemotherapy cycle.

So this morning she woke up and to my surprise we went for a walk. And then she said she would like one of those wonderful sandwiches from the Firebrand Delicatessen. Sadly, the Firebrand is closed Sundays. So she had to make do with her husband’s cooking.

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She only ate half of it, but that is a start.

We miss you all, and look forward to things changing enough that we can see people in person. You are so important to us.

8 Replies to “In the Struggle”

    1. Mis primos tan queridos: ¡Que de malas por lo que están pasando! Les mando un abrazo colmado de afecto y buena energía para estos días inciertos. Pienso en ustedes con cariño y gran estimación.

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  1. Luke and Ellen,

    Yum! Remember, when you think you’re ready for a dinner, holler! I’m glad you could do a walk. I hope you are starting to feel a bit better. Hard stuff.

    And Ellen, thank you for your help with Marina’s number! Now I just call her when I want to reach them!!

    Judy

    On Sun, May 24, 2020 at 12:01 PM Ellen’s Journey wrote:

    > almontfrontiernet posted: “So if you have not heard much from us, it is > because we have been in the thick of the struggle. Ellen has really been > feeling terrible. And the medical news is not as encouraging as we would > like. Two weeks ago, Ellen started feeling really bad, with ext” >

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  2. Ellen and Luke. We greatly admire your resolve and love you have shown to each other. Glad to hear that the pain has abated.
    All our best.
    Monty and Denise.

    Sent from my iPhone

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  3. Fuerza you two! I’d think knowing a diagnosis feels better than not knowing. I’m sorry you’ve been in pain, Ellen. I’m glad you could walk and eat today! ‘These are a few of our favorite things.’

    Ive been thinking of you both a lot this last week! I’m working in my new garden, trying to remember everything ive learned from you two.

    Sigas con tu atitude positiva y sigas con mas y mas salud.

    Abrazos,
    Tracy & Ryan

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  4. amigos queridos!!!! gracias por compartir con tanta generosidad lo que estan viviendo!!!! Ojalá vaya mejorando cada día……la pulmonía debilita mucho! un abrazo desde Perú con todo mi cariño!!!

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  5. Hola querida Ellen .todo va a salir bien. Te quiero mucho. Hablo seguido con tu mami Esta muy bien.Un beso para los dos.El 24 may. 2020 15:01, Ellen’s Journey <comment-reply@wordpress.com> escribió:

    almontfrontiernet posted: "So if you have not heard much from us, it is because we have been in the thick of the struggle. Ellen has really been feeling terrible. And the medical news is not as encouraging as we would like.

    Two weeks ago, Ellen started feeling really bad, with ext"

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