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


Anonymous said...

Ellen and Cathy,

We join you in the command of DYLBD!...die you little bastards die!

thinking about you both every day,
Betsy and Scott

Marie said...


I am so glad to hear about the Thanksgiving dinner. That is so nice.

Love to you both,

Peggy Suarez said...

Dear Ellen & Cathy,
So glad you had a nice turkey day. And I LOVE the imagery of the little bastards biting the dust! I will keep that mantra going.

Be strong.

Anonymous said...

I will be chanting the mantra with the rest of your cheerleaders....die you little bastards, die! and in their place lots of love, light, laughter and left-overs. i carry your hearts...i carry them in my heart.

danielle said...

ellen and cathy,

First snow today in NYC...Light, sereine and if nothing had happen ever...The perfect peace and pure beauty...
I think of you two...
Many shinny snowflakes of hope..


Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Betsy and Scott

Anonymous said...


This evening I've been thinking about you and Cathy, and of beautiful transformations. I feel the love between the two of you and it makes my heart soar.


danielle said...

dear ellen and cathy,

I hope this new chemo round will not be too harsh on you and you will be able to celebrate the moment of Christmas with joy and peace.I will be going away for two weeks but will keep even closer to you both in my thoughts, in my heart.
Je vous aime toute deux,