Thursday, August 14, 2008

August 15, 2008

Today is August 15, 2008. Thanks so much for staying in touch via this amazing site, compliments on Donna M. It's been one month since my brain surgery. Interesting experience, but try to avoid if at all possible! I feel better with each new day. At first it was difficult to distinguish the small gains I made on a daily basis, but now I'm on a different medication to prevent seizures, and noticable changes are happening daily. You guys are the best support system ever. Just knowing so many people are interested, care , and love me makes every day worthwhile! Support, support, support! Can't imagine doing this without you.

On Tuesday I met with the radiation/oncologist. Dr. Sombeck was amazingly kind and considerate. He wanted to answer any question we had for him. At this point I want answers, but have limitations on how much I want to know. I actually got to see the MRI of my brain--before and after surgery. (It was quite awesome to see the details!) So anyway, I'm gathering information at a rate I can handle. Lots I do know already, because of my training. Information is power, so before long I know I'll be deeply embedded in lots of tumor information.

Thanks again for all your love and support. I'll continue to send more updates. And thanks too, for loving and supporting Cathy.

Lots of love,
Ellen

10 comments:

Deb Karash said...

Ellen and Cathy,
I think of you both often. I have been getting updates from Betsy as I didn't want to overwhelm you with communications. Know that I love you both. If you ever need to get away to the mountains just let me know. It's really beautiful here, especially in the fall.

Tom Smith said...

Hi Ellen,

We're thinking of you up here on the high lonesome Colorado prairie, and sending out Rocky Mountain High healing waves. I'm sure Julia will weigh in separately, but please know how much we care and miss you.

Tom

Rodger Kamenetz said...

Hi Ellen
Moira and I have been travelling up and down the land, but Donna bless her kept us posted. I am so glad to read your new blog and it's great to hear how you are doing. We are rooting for you every day.
Much love
Rodger

Steve Bogdanoff said...

Hi Ellen,
We are sending out positive vibes and prayers to you and Cathy from Santa Fe, the vortex of healing energy and plum crazy new age folk. We hope you can find some time to take a break and visit. The blog is great, by the way! Kudos to Donna. We love you both and look forward to updates.
Steve & Art

Kim said...

Cathy and Ellen,
I am glad Deb forwarded me your blogger for comments. Both of you have been on my. I have been reluctant to call because I did not want to disturb you. Know that you are in my thoughts as I send healing energy. Please let me know if you need anything.
Kim

Karen Sokohl said...

Hi Ellen and Cathy,

Ellen--I'm Donna's sister, Karen. Also known as the rainmaker. ;-) I want you to know that you are in my thoughts nearly every single day and I am sending lots of love and healing vibes in the direction of you and Cathy. I'm so glad you guys got a chance to visit with Nancy and Greg and Nori, et. al. Laughter with friends is indeed the finest medicine.
xoxo,
Karen

Karen Sokohl said...

Hi Ellen and Cathy,

Ellen--I'm Donna's sister, Karen. Also known as the rainmaker. ;-) I want you to know that you are in my thoughts nearly every single day and I am sending lots of love and healing vibes in the direction of you and Cathy. I'm so glad you guys got a chance to visit with Nancy and Greg and Nori, et. al. Laughter with friends is indeed the finest medicine.
xoxo,
Karen

betsy youngquist said...

Hey you two sexy Floridians,

Diggin' this blog stuff. It's a big, fat, cocoon of love. Thinking about you both and sending out good vibrations. Thanks to Donna for doing this.
ooooooooooox,
Betsy

p.s. Cathy, the address is right.
p.p.s. Scott sends his love.

VICTORIA said...

Ellen,
As you begin this difficult journey, always remember the biggest reason to continue to fight: LOVE. Embrace the love engulfing you in your time of need to lead you through.
Victori

Liz said...

Hi Ellen,
It was so great to look at my phone the other day and see your picture. Thanks so much for the call. I was so glad to hear from you, I got excited and missed my exit to go to the airport! Silly me.
I've been recovering from doing parental duties, but thinking of you all along. I hope radiation is not zapping you of all your energy. I am sending you love and energy. Soon you will receive a little surprise, something that I've found that helps me find whatever bright spot there is in every present moment. Maybe you will like it also. Tell Cathy she is on my outgoing frequency for love and support also.
Marie sends her love and healing thoughts to you both.
I know this is a very long message, but then, I am still Cajun, and we've never had a reputation for being concise.

Love & Caring,
Liz Simon