• Elle's World
  • Christmas Letter 2017

    Merry Christmas once again from the House of Elle. It has been 7 years since I’ve written a Christmas letter. Of all years this is the one that certainly deserves a wrap-up. Elle, The Trusty Husband and the Boy were excited to bring on 2017. The previous year was a slow decline into an end […]

  • The Cancer
  • 295 days

    I sat down last night, right before bed, and thought, “is it really here.” Tomorrow is the last day. That tomorrow is now today. It has been exactly 295 days. 295 days since a radiologist walked into a tiny little room and said, “I’m afraid I have not great news.” Everything before February 15, 2017, […]

  • Plant Teacher
  • The Angry Armpit

    I walked into the cancer center yesterday with a mild determination of, “let’s do this.” Really it was more of, “let’s just get this shit done today because I really have somewhere better to be.” I sat down in the waiting room and reveled in the quiet. It was the first quiet moment I’d had […]

  • Elle's World
  • Chemo Round #7

    Same ol’ chemo drug, different round.   I keep telling myself, “only one more to go.”  The nurse warned me that my side effects would be cumulative as Taxol went on.  I believed her.  I thought my most major side effect would be fatigue.  Oh darn, more naps.  There was this glossed over, something about […]

  • The Cancer
  • Chemo Round #6

    Two more to go!   Despite the pain early in round #5 things finally evened out so that I could at least enjoy a little bit of life.   Last Tuesday I played the part of a parent and took the boy to a doctor’s appointment.  Rather I should say that I attempted to take […]

  • The Cancer
  • Pain Update

    I want to thank everyone for their kind words here and on social media.  Pain is always a scary thing.  I thought I’d give you an update as to how things progressed. Thursday was the worst of the pain.  After breakfast I attempted to take an Epsom salt bath.  It often helps with relaxation and […]

  • The Cancer
  • Chemo Round #5: I Miss Me

    I never finished my story on our great American road trip.  Here’s the bullet version: I learned how to milk a goat I learned how to make soap We drove to Vegas I was once up about $10, but then lost it I tried a Shake Shack burger.  It was m’kay We drove home Now […]