Thursday, December 25, 2008


Happy Holidays to all! Wow, what a season of joy, tears, and wonderment! A special thanks to my friends who organized the barrage of holiday cards, gifts, and ornaments. Our Christmas tree is simply gorgeous, and so uniquely decorated. It seems impossible to thank each person individually, but you are all in our hearts and prayers. I have never been so touched by the display of love and giving from everyone. Cathy and I are truly blessed to have been given so much. I extend my love and gratitude to all of you. May your holiday season continue in the same way you have touched our lives.

An update on my condition--I have had two chemo treatments so far. On Monday, I have a third treatment, and then will have another CAT scan of the brain. The chemo treatments are tough, and make me ill for three to four days. However, right now it is all worth having this time with my girlfriend, friends, and family.

Love and gratitude to all of you,

Monday, December 1, 2008

An Ellen Update

Cathy here. Just want to update you all on Ellen.
To begin, we had a visit from our good and fabulous friend Donna the weekend before Thanksgiving. We shared a lot of laughs and tears, in the usual good way that close friends do. We both felt a lot of positive energy from the visit, even though I did have a bit of a hangover one morning.
We flew to Lafayette the Sunday before Thanksgiving so Ellen could spend some time with her family before beginning chemo treatment. It was a wonderful visit. She shared time with each of her siblings and cried and laughed in the usual good way that family does. We returned home on Thanksgiving day to what we thought would be a quiet and turkeyless evening and discovered our friend Deb had prepared an entire Thanksgiving dinner for us. We were surprised and very touched by her efforts. So we cried and laughed in the way that good friends do and ate turkey with dressing. Our Thanksgiving prayer gave thanks to all of our friends and family for the support and love they share with us and for the blessing of God in our lives each day.
Ellen did have her first chemo treatment on Friday and did not have any severe reactions. She's had a rough weekend of fatigue and nausea, but today, Monday, she is feeling somewhat better. She has an appointment for a port infusion placement this week and another chemo round on the 15th of December.
When we are lying in bed at night, since the chemo, I believe I can hear the cancer cells screaming for their lives. Die you little bastards, die!
Keep thinking good thoughts and thanks so much for all your love and support. It has meant so much to both of us