Friday, October 23, 2009

Kay & Ed's Blog

I have to say doing this blog has been very good for me. I have been able to communicate with a remarkable assembly of friends, family, co-workers, and others I had never dreamed would be reading along. In the process I have found a reason to stop and think about our journey through this cancer fight, rather than just race from day to day without much reflection. The posts have been a way to not just communicate our progress through this time, but to see each day, sometimes each hour as worth cherishing. We have also heard encouragement from friends, and been boggled by the number of people who have been praying, cheering, and working for us.

This week we feel like we are almost through this stage of the fight. Everything points to Kay having no detectable cancer at this time. We are 2 1/2 weeks out from the last of 8 courses of chemotherapy, and except for a mild peripheral neuropathy, a really short haircut, and some well healed scars Kay is pretty close to back to normal. We think in 2-3 more weeks she will have more energy, as her blood counts get back to normal. If her hair starts growing at 3 weeks after her last chemo like it did after the 6th course, she should be noticing a new crop starting within a month.

This weekend we plan to do more housework, go to visit Brett for lunch tomorrow, and catch up on more rest. Tonight we hung several paintings we bought from Jim Dahl on our recent trip to CA. We love them, and feel they add nicely to the art in the house.

I take Friday afternoon's off now, and today Kay and I laughed a lot at Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a new animated film out. It is pretty funny, and a spoof on almost everything from fast food to beautiful talking head news people.

Pray for no H1N1 for yourselves and us. (I've been seeing a lot at the office)



Janie Ludes Vasilia said...

Kay and Ed- I'm sure you've been told- but wanted to add my .02 - I wondered and worried so often about Kays health and progress. Consistently concerned about how she and everyone else were doing. It was such a blessing to be able to instantly get an update. Ed- I know it helped you like you said. Please know, it helped people like me that much more. Your consistent updates were humorous, uplifting, serious, and educational. Thank you for all the effort it must have taken after the long days spent navigating unknown waters. Kay- Wish I could have given you a hug when you were's one now...(((((HUG)))) Please take care and know that you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. xo, Janie

Barb Hoffmann said...

Ed, Janie's words couldn't have said it better. Thanks to you both for insights we might not have had and all could use. You have lived the past six months like champions. Best wishes as you begin a new chapter.
Love, Barb (Sis)