Thursday, December 4, 2008

This blog has become an important life force for me. The writing is cathartic, and it is an easy way for me to disseminate information to those I care about and who care about me. What I want to emphasize, however, is how important your comments are to me. I've hassled the stealth blog readers, you know who you are, who read but never write a comment. I have to say that it is those of you who put yourselves out there on the blog who helped me face the devastating news that the "stuff" in my right lung is diffuse malignant tumor. Dr. Scheinberg and his colleagues were shocked at the results of the pathology report. It is no reassurance that the pattern of disease in my right lung is highly unusual, but it's a fact, Jack.

I am not afraid. I am choosing to fight with the weapons available to me. I have been meeting and talking with doctors, and the current plan is to stay the course with the carboplatin and alimta. Of course, there could some adjustments to that plan. One of the other changes in the works for sure is to make more of each day. I have been spending most of my time alone, often in my bedroom, trying to heal my body. Instead, I am going to seek out more company and make more forays out into the world, even if it's just for lunch or a milkshake, or to the office to help out. Maybe even a movie. Ann Silver will help me set up the calendar on the lotsahelpinghands website.

Please know that your cards, letters, emails, visits and calls are also vitally important to me. There is just something about this blog that connects me to you, and keeps me moving forward.

Stay strong for me. I am staying strong for you.

71 comments:

Lenore and Scott said...

I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

To quote a dear,dear friend of mine-"this really sucks!"
We will participate in making each day count for you by our visits. our food supply,blogs, e-mails and love.
This is a setback but now we forge ahead. Easy for me to say!!!
Thanks for keeping us updated-we will look for better news when you're finished with chemo etc.
We all love and admire you!
XXOO
Roberto

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Terri said...

Elyse,
As you know Bridgette is coming into town, so save some time for us on Sunday and Monday for catch up. If you feel up to it, we can go to lunch or supper or whatever you feel like doing. Thinking of you every day. Love, Terri

Carole said...

Elyse,

Feel the constant force of the mighty wall of love pushing you forward.

Love,

Carole

Anonymous said...

We love you, Elyse, and are looking forward to seeing you this weekend. I will be your playmate any day. Just say the word and we'll go hang out.

I am sending positive energy your way.

Love, Jill and Eric

Bruce M. said...

I knew you were amazing when I met you many years back. John knew during your first Middle Fork Trip. All who know you agree. You spirit is unmatched. Keep paddling!!

Ann said...

Elyse, you are stronger with one lung than me with my worst migraine. I have no doubt that you will triumph and conquer this absolutely shitty setback. I know you can feel the love and support that surrounds you. Your girlfriend group is ready when you are to eat, drink, gossip, giggle, and repeat all over again and again. You continue to amaze all of us, and I am proud to call you my friend.
I love you.
xoxoxoxoxoxo
Ann

nedra said...

we send our love to you all, including the dogs. Hang in there. you are in our prayers,always.

Idaho family.love,love love to you.
nedra

There will be a rainbow

Rachel said...

Elise -
Fight like hell, and know that you have a vast army of family, friends and fans supporting you every step of the way.
We will come to Atlanta, meet you anywhere, or welcome you up here if you can stand the plane ride.
In the meantime, we send all our love and hope to you, dear friend.
xxoo Rachel & Eric

Susan said...

Hand in hand, let’s step out for some mundane thoughts, shoe gallery binges and sweet treats galore. Then we shall take on this next challenge with a mighty vengeance. Just name the time & place, and count me in. Forever friends!
Gentle hugs tonight.
Susan

Anonymous said...

Dear Elyse,
We read, we pray, we don't talk much but we love you.
love,
Craig and Michelle

Anonymous said...

Those lousy tumors can't hold a candle;
To the pressures you can handle!
Go! Fight! Win!

Cheering you on in the corniest way imaginable,
-Chris, Sharon & Little Helen

Rachel said...

and have I always spelled your name wrong?! I gotta stop that -- elYse!!
xxooo

Anonymous said...

You are an amazing woman. I think about you often. Keep on fighting!!
Rhonda

Anonymous said...

It is hard being across the states when we so much want to reach out and wrap our arms around you. So=== we will send our love to you by blog and have one of your friends hug you for us. DON'T GIVE UP ELYSE. This is another obstacle, but you have the strength and determination along with the prayers of so many. Prayers have proven time and time again to heal the sick and make ones body well and whole again.

***I want to reach out to your friends and family---for everyone you know to set this Sunday aside to hold a massive prayer day in your behalf. The larger the numbers, the better. Please get this message out to everyone so we can be strong in number.*****


We love you and are here for you, John & Brent. You can overcome this, Elyse.

Joyce & Fred

Anonymous said...

In thoughts and dreams, walks and rides, and striving to be more like those I admire, you are an ever present shining light and inspiration.
O.K. , so maybe being a river guide is out...but you are one of the best guides I've known..no disrespect to John : )
Love light and smiles

sandplay said...

Sorry..i got used to lurking and I forgot to sign my post...late night mind burp: )
More sleep..less lurking..constant love your way.
David

Anonymous said...

Keep fighting, please. I'm there with you and for you.
Marsha

Anonymous said...

May you find strength in the love of your family and freinds!

Sorry to read about this latest news.... FIGHT and stay strong.

Cindy Hirsch

Steve Beagle said...

Ali - of course all of us true bigtime fans of yours, John and Brent which have been established far in advance of 2008, would do anything for you. I am sure that I can speak for all of us regular bloggers - We are just glad it can make you feel even an ounce stronger. As you know Elyse I have made the correlation early on of your setbacks to the famous fighter M. Ali who had many himself and continues to. Your battle/journey continues to be a daily reminder of someone who can emote the highest level of inspiration and strength. I am glad to tell you that my mini battle is over as I did sign a tentative agreement with a Lisbon based company. Even mundane issues as work stuff were insignificant when ever my thoughts turned to you and your family multiple times a day... I hope you know all this..

“What keeps me going is goals.” M. Ali...

Now laugh please.. LH&P -- XOXOXO Steve and Family

The big rumor is that Bill Clinton could be a possible replacement for Hillary Clinton's Senate seat when she becomes secretary of state. I believe this would be the first time Bill has ever shown any interest in Hillary's seat.

So, you go from a Clinton in pantsuits to a Clinton who drops his suit pants.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in a recent interview that Republicans cannot be the “old white-guy party.” I believe he made this statement at the National Shuffleboard Convention in Boca Raton, Fla.

President Bush gave an interview to ABC News. Bush said he wished "the intelligence on Iraq had been different." Hey — how many wish the intelligence in the White House had been different?

Britney Spears turns 27 today. That’s almost grandmother age for the Spearses.

“Britney Spears” were the most-searched words of the year on Yahoo!, followed by “World Wrestling Federation,” and in third place, “Barack Obama.” I think the lesson here is that Americans are not responsible enough to be using computers.

Yahoo! also reported the top 10 searches by Britney Spears. No. 1 was “Where do babies keep coming from?”

This is the biggest shopping day of the year. Good news for the economy: So far, four shoppers have shown up.

I bet a friend that by New Year’s Eve, the Dow Jones will be lower than my cholesterol.

At the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santa and his elves were marching down Broadway. Tomorrow, they’re going down to Washington to get some of that bailout money.

I love Thanksgiving. If there’s one thing Americans need, it’s a day set aside for them to stuff themselves with food.

The malls were packed on Friday. All those women fighting and screaming and shoving . . . it’s like an episode of “The View.”

Last Friday was Black Friday. If you had money in the stock market, today is Black Monday.

Today was the big day for online shopping. It's known as Cyber Monday. And of course, tomorrow is Identity Theft Tuesday.

This week, they will flip the switch on the White House Christmas tree, which has 25,000 lights on it . . . one for every CEO who's looking for a bailout.

They say that during Hillary Clinton’s appointment confirmation hearings, Republicans could force her to answer a lot of embarrassing questions about Bill Clinton's financial affairs, to which Hillary said, "What kind of affairs? Financial? No problem! Bring it on!"

patti said...

I've been wrestling with so many questions since last night. Like, did the cancer in this lung exist when they took the other? If so, how could they have missed it between here and Houston? Questions lead to more questions and to agony and anger. But early this morning I realized that none of those questions, nor their answers, matter. What matters is today and what you do now and from here on out to continue fighting this unimaginable thing that has happened to you. One step at a time, we'll continue this walk with you, surrounding you with the love and support you so richly deserve.

xoxo,
Patti

Anonymous said...

Elyse,
Sending you a good laugh. I hope you can access this link. Lots of love and hugs.
Love,
Brigette and Bocce

http://www.dogwork.com/dogsnow/

Anonymous said...

Fight on and kick cancer's ass, Elyse. You are loved by so many - feel the cyber support coming through the, the, what? What does it come thru? The computer? The internet, the airwaves? For you, all of the above is going to have to be the answer! Justin and Brent were on the phone a long time last night..big hugs to all three of you and loads of support too. The first warm day I am coming over to take you for a ride with the top down on the car!
Big hugs,
Lorie

Charna said...

Elyse,
I've been one of those stealth readers of your blog lately. I can't tell you how much I've been thinking of you through these months. As so many have said, you've been an inspiration to me with your strength, your good spirits and sharingness (not a word, but it is now) I miss you and would love to spend some time with you, whether we make plans through lotsahelpinghands or through our own communication. Whatever you're up to doing is fine with me. It saddens me that you spend so much of your time in your room alone. I want to help.
I love you.
Charna

Anonymous said...

You are loved more than you may know.

Anonymous said...

Elyse, not easy to post a blog that feels sufficient to tell you with appropriate energy and force how you are being held and lifted up by legions of friends, fans, and family at this tough moment. We are all ready to populate your calendar and will be competing for a spot on your dance card. Meanwhile, I know that you will continue to make the fight with your amazing courage and fortitude. We all stand ready- in solidarity and love, Michelle N

Anonymous said...

I am one of your stealth readers. You don't know me, nor I you. My Mom is battling Lung Cancer. Keep on fighting....
Linda

Kathie said...

Dear Elyse -- Your spirit and the courage with which you have faced your illness speak to what matters most in life and death - Love for those who walk with us, of ourselves, and of life itself.

Our family sends our love to you and John and Brent.

Kathie, Jay, Chris, & Caitlin

Carolyn Dinberg said...

Elyse, you continue to have an amazing ability to inspire all of us--the frequent posters, the stealth readers and all of those in between. You inspire us to pray, you inspire us to hope, you inspire us to share our love. You inspire us to face life's rapids, and in defiance of them as well as because of them, you inspire us to live life to the absolute fullest. Fight on. All the best, Carolyn, Steve and the girls

Debbie said...

Dear Elyse,
Not at all what anyone wanted to hear.But I am so very glad you are seizing the moments and wanting to enjoy and savor each one. I have been taking a Kaballah course through Chabad(?!?!)I have found comfort in their wisdom on how to deal with painful situations.You embody their perspective of always seeing the joy in life.We are here for you on this challenging journey.you are always in our thoughts,Debbie & Kenny

Anonymous said...

Elyse

I've been a lurker. You have always been the one encouraging me and making my big problems seem small. Even with all your difficulties and worries you are a classy, strong and optimistic person. Thanks for being you.

Stan Brovont

Anonymous said...

..haven't been on the blog for a little while..had my gall bladder removed a few weeks ago.. as my friend, Barbara might say,since I have no gall left I can't say anything tactless by mistake...
Stay strong, Elyse, and give our love to John and Brent and all your pups!
We are keeping you in our hearts and our prayers. You are loved and are so very dear to us.
Ronnie

Lenore and Scott said...

If anyone can bring them out of the wordwork, it's YOU!!!! Last night I couldn't get this classic Bruce song out of my head and just wanted to remind you of a few lines: So you're scared and you're thinking
That maybe we ain't that young anymore
Show a little faith there's magic in the night
You ain't a beauty but hey you're alright
Oh and that's alright with me
(well you are a beauty - Bruce just never met you).

Kyla said...

So I've been a bit guilty of lurking. I've commented a few times I guess, but I've read so many comments that are so artfully stated and so full of love and admiration, that I've been a bit intimidated to comment much myself. I have been following along, and waiting for you to beat this! I know you will. You are so loved and so strong. You can and will kick ass, and we will again be drinking martinis and talking politics (the good guys won, yay!), law, and every other little thing.

Sending positive thoughts your way,
Kyla

Bridgette said...

Lets get down to fun stuff! I loved the movie Twilight--I heard books were better but I have no time to read anything but text books:) The movie Australia looks amazing--Hugh Jackman. Stony River poppyseed rolls with a milkshake? Or Ippolitos rolls? Hmmm. Both good and at least 100 calories a bite! Massage--by a well built 25 yr old with a tan:) Manicure with the wildest color on the shelf. Go to shops that you never went to but wanted to --because you were too busy! Gossip.

Then you'll be pumped and ready to go on to that next stage of treatments. Cant wait to see--LOVE YOU! Bridgette

Anonymous said...

Let me know if I can be of help in any way...you know that I have been here for you along the journey and will remain here for you and your family.
Call if you need anything at any time-
Barbara Hubschman

Leah said...

Ok I'm doing it. I am being strong for you! As it is said LIVE STRONG!! Know that I am always by your side. One freaking day at a time!
Love you, mean it!
Leah

Lenore and Scott said...

OH SHIT! I just realized I typed wordwork instead of woodwork. I bet 80% (or more) of you read it as "woodwork."

Anonymous said...

Okay. Let me see now. I have the meal on December 17. 59 year old single guy who's idea of cooking is Trader Joe's frozen meals. Will an ailing attorney like bologna sandwiches? Is spam and cheese an acceptable meal if accompanied by a salad? I''ll have to give this a lot of thought. In regard to culinary issues, you might be amused at this. I was at a wedding reception in Baltimore for 2 of my clients. A Jewish guy and a Korean woman. I was in the buffet line behind a Korean couple who were friends of the bride. In the buffet server before them were delicious looking blintzes with a Raspberry sauce on the side. As I eavesdropped on them, they had a surprised tone as they tried to figure out why someone would serve meat dumplings with a fruit sauce. I explained the concept of blintzes to them and they were extremely appreciative. I love my cross-cultural practice.

Joe Rosen

Anonymous said...

Elyse,

I was sorry to read about your unexpected test results.
Your attitude and strength are amazing and will help you get through the treatments. I will be looking for Ann to set up your new schedule for outings so I can visit instead of lurking.... I remember times when i chose to retreat but
getting out for even small moments is good. I promise to bring something very high calorie when i come. I am so glad you and your family are surrounded with love and support.
Lots of hugs, LeeAnn

Anonymous said...

Damn, damn, DAMN.

love you and send you as much positive, healing energy as I can. (Don't know if she told you, but Amy and I sat in your office Wed. evening and toasted you with cosmos and martinis.)

I hope to see you soon. --mb

Ruth said...

Elyse
As you know - I am one of your stealth readers and a "private emailer". I often find myself intimidated after reading the eloquent comments of your friends. However, after the events of the last few days, I realize there are no right or wrong words - just words of love, support and admiration. And we all love, support, and admire you. We are ready when you are to shop, eat or visit. Just say the word and we will be there. Love, hugs and kisses to you, John, Brent and the pups.
Ruth

Betty, Ralph and Beck said...

What to say? Crap! Shit! I'm so sorry you've been thrown this curve ball! All I know is that if anyone can hit it out of the park, it's you. You've shown over and over again how to beat the odds with grace and dignity.

We saw "Wicked" for the first time recently and thoughts of you popped into my head while listening to a wonderful song called Defying Gravity. In the scene, Elphaba, the (not so) Wicked Witch of the West, is learning to fly on her broomstick, despite the seeming impossibility of overcoming gravity. The lyrics were so empowering, and so uplifting, and so... all about you.

Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by the rules
Of someone else's game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes and leap

It's time to try
Defying gravity
I think I'll try
Defying gravity
And you can't pull me down...

Elyse, I know you've been "defying gravity" for a long time now, and I know how exhausted you must feel. But you've got strength and determination like no other, and I know you'll ultimately prevail.

We're all here for you...

There's no fight we cannot win
Just you and I
Defying gravity
With you and I
Defying gravity

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday. I'll be sure to bring something especially decadent and yummy for dessert.

Rachel said...

Elyse - There are so many ways to try to explore the reasons for "this," ranging from the realm of the spiritual to the frontiers of Western medicine. But in spite of all the research, studies, data, and deep collective soul searching, we will never, ever understand "this." Why you? Why now? Why, why why??
What we do know is that health is random and fleeting. We must never stop trying to understand the mysteries of the human body. We must cherish our health when it is good, and do everything we can to bring it back to a good place when it goes astray.
Elyse - keep doing what you are doing. You will break the barriers.
xxoo Rachel

Anonymous said...

I hope today is filled with everything you want to do and everyone you want to see. I will call and hope to see you in the next day or two.
Hugs, kisses and wonderful energy from the collaborative group. We missed you yesterday.
Marsha

Steve Beagle said...

Ali .. I can say the same for you..

"It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself..."

M. Ali..

Now a couple topical economy jokes for you to chuckle..

President Bush and his lovely wife Laura have purchased a new home in Dallas, Texas, worth $2 million. People have underestimated this guy. Five months ago he would had to pay $10 million for that house. But thanks to his economic plan he got it at a bargain.

How does that work, when the president applies for a home loan? When they do a credit check, do they include the trillion-dollar deficit?

The economy is pretty bad right now. Today I saw a guy put a foreclosed sign on a house, and while he was doing that, another guy came by and repossessed his car.

In fact, you know what is the highest paying line of work in America right now? Jury duty

Phyllis said...

Dear Elyse, I confess to being one of those stealth people, having been reading your blog for some time without writing to you. I am awed by your strength, your amazing humor, your eloquence, and your commitment to keeping this record and reaching out to friends. I am awed by your friends too! I wish I had magic words to make you all better, but I do believe in the power of love and that the thoughts of friends can lift you up and help heal you. Count my thoughts of you among the many, many who are your correspondens on this blog (and my fellow stealthy ones). We are all lifting you up.

Love and hugs to you and your family,

Phyllis Holmen (in case you know another Phyllis)

Ann said...

Elyse,
Wow!! The amount of love, support and overwhelming admiration for you is incredible as evidenced by the comments on the blog. If only they were the medicinal cure....but I know they are the emotional one, which is also important. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and letting us share ours. We all continue to think and pray for you, and wish you the best. Give John, Brent and the doggies a hug for me, and I know I'll see you soon.
xoxoxo
Ann

Eric said...

Hi Elyse

I have been listening to Magic and thinking about the Springsteen show that we saw in Chicago last year. What a great time that was! I just wanted to let you know what I am thinking about you all and am sending my clearest and strongest energy. Hope to see you soon when you and Rachel work out schedules. Stay strong.

Eric

Anonymous said...

Hi Elyse:
It's been a while but we're still thinking about you and hoping you are finding the strength and courage to cope. We are cooking once again and looking forward to seeing you. Love and hugs to you, John and Brent.
P.S. we finally have some pets -- my kind of animal -- fish!

Karen said...

Oh G-d Elyse,ya know, anything I say will be ditto-ing all of the heartfelt comments on your blog, but you sure as hell know how to "out" a closet "blog-writer"!You are an inspiration to all by toughing-out this fight the way you are doing. Having had a great Thanksgiving with your family, you now have Chanukah to look forward to..lots of love, lights and hope. See you soon,
Karen

Anonymous said...

Your strength and courage is amazing and you are an inspiration to us all. You have many praying for you and surely G-d must hear them. Stay strong and know that of all the people I know, you are surely one who can pull through it.

Love Susie Gerchicoff

Wendy L said...

Dear Dear Elyse,

I just returned from a birthday visit with my aunt, (my mother's sister), in Detroit -- and my first look at the computer upon my return was your blog. I am overcome with sadness at your news, and at the same time am again so inspired by your courage and hold dearly our visit last Sunday. Elyse, there are those things in life which make absolutely no sense and are completely unfair and unjust --and then there are the choices we make about how we live with what is given to us..Your outlook, your commitment to life and your choices to share with so many of us and to allow us to be there for you--and you for so many-- are indeed an inspiration and a gift. I will look @ Ann's website &/or call you soon to see when you're up for another visit soon...I think so much about your comments about how "intense" our experiences were in Amirah--and though I haven't stayed so closely connected, I do feel the deep connection and I am so so moved as I read the notes and such love by so many of your dear friends from Amirah days. With much love, Wendy

Anonymous said...

Elyse,
I am so thrilled to hear from Liz an Neil about the pill your doctors and Anderson want you to take. This is such great news as the pill has such a high sucess rate. In all honesty, I never doubted your chances of beating this disease, but this news has strengthened my hope even more. Your future looks so bright. I am elated for you. And so what if you get a rash on your face! At our age, a rash is the least of our problems. Remember when we all used to strip down in Liz and Neil's bedroom and try on Suzanne's clothes that she was selling? You always had the best figure of anyone. Now, at 49, if you saw me naked you would probably gag. But you know what? who cares!!! Rashes, flabby skin. . . bring it on!! I am so happy that this new treatment has become available for you. I love you.

Jane

Anonymous said...

This is not the time for apologies for not keeping up with your Gigantic Adventure. Shoulda, woulda, couldas don't do Elyse Aussenberg any justice.
What is important is that you and your family are loved by so many people who give their all to help make your journey stronger as you keep moving toward complete recovery. Sure there are times that you feel like turning back, but instead just sit on a ledge to take in all the beauty around; the laughter from all the jokes, the tears when friends urge you that you can do this, the love you feel everyday for yourself that wants to make the world a better place.
This new setback is only a temporary time for you to sit back and admire all of your accomplishments; 2 wonderful men, a mega successful law career,friends that you have had since grammar school,friends that you have amassed since sitting in alphabetical order, a loving family that loves you no matter what you say or do,travelling adventures each packed with fun, endurance and relaxation.
Now that this hairpin turn is ahead and you are rested and ready for another challenge, your friends in cyberville are rooting for you all the way.
I love you Elyse and will continue to keep you in my prayers.
Amy

elise said...

thinking about you all the time. Michelle said you looked great (that counts for something, no??) Sending prayers and love your way.

the other E.

Anonymous said...

Elyse,
oh crap! so truly sorry to hear the most recent update. please take care and take heart that you are loved and cherished and supported very very much.

Judy P.

jeplan said...

Elyse,

Occasionally stealthy, I have been thinking of you so much. I hate the bad news for you and John and Brent but I have no other image but you and that great smile and as hard as it is to keep it, I hope you do. I am a great driver and I love milkshakes...

adam Gaslowitz said...

I've been one of those anonymous followers who reads the blogs religiously, follows your progress closely, but often replies anonymously. I have been dealing with the ups and downs of my mom's brain tumor and I am becoming horribly sensitive to the frustration of dealing with doctors all the time who often don't sense the urgency of responding quickly or at least when they say they will. No matter what they say, the job always seems to fall to the patient to keep after the doctors. I hate that its that way and I hate that they often become so desensitized to the common emotions of their patients. Every minute they put off calling feels like a year.

You are the toughest, most upbeat patient i can imagine, and are an inspiration to all of us. My thoughts never stray far from you and I know you are going to beat this.

Sam and Michelle said...

Hey champ. We are continually checking your blog for updates and your most recent appeal for the silent observers struck a chord with me.

Michelle and I hope to see you soon, and we will continually keep you in our prayers.

You are a strong and ferocious fighter, keep it up

sarina said...

Hello sweet Elyse,
Sending healing light and love with prayers for a full recovery.
Thinking of you often,
Sarina Rousso

Anonymous said...

Elyse -
Damn! I did not see this coming.
Someone (not me)said --Aerodynamically, the bumblebee should not be able to fly, but the bumblebee does not know that so it goes on flying anyway.--
Keep on flying one day at a time! You have so much love and support behind you. Anything I can do. Any time.

Love,
Janis

Anonymous said...

Dear Elyse:

Liz and Neil and great friend of ours in Houston! We're happy to be on your good vibes team. We're all about "the Village thing" so please count on our thoughts and good wishes during your journey. Stay STRONG!!!! Lisa and Larry Estes, Houston

Anonymous said...

Dear Elsye:

Larry and I are joining your Houston good karma team! Stay strong! The Houston based Aussenberg Village people are here for you!

Lisa Estes

Burton said...
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Burton said...

It was great to hear your voice on the phone Sunday. We had a wonderful afternoon with Neil and Liz, who took Richard and Emma on the Hermann Park train. I don't have to tell you that your brother and sister-in-law know how to spoil babies! Like I told you on the phone, I could swear that I made a post from work last week, but it is not here. Based on what I was feeling and my memory of what I typed (@#$%) after reading the news of your "stuff," I suspect it was censored by the blog police. But, now that I know more of your dx and planned protocol, I am again fit for publication. Keep up your good attitude and optimism! Cyber hugs for now, with full hugs coming soon via Neil and Liz. XXXOOOBGM

Tracy Mc said...

Oh Elyse,
Andrew and I think about you daily and now with even greater energy and love. The life force of the whole universe is with you as you face this. Thank you for your demonstration of strength and spirit.

Tracy Mc

Anonymous said...

Elyse - We think about you a lot and we're praying for you to be back in the saddle soon. I think it's my turn to buy lunch.
Love, Todd and Susan

Lenore and Scott said...

I just had to make it #70!
Great job everyone. Elyse, I know you must be feeling the POWER of all this....at least I hope you are. Thinking of you constantly and looking forward to hopefully seeing you this weekend.

jeri breiner said...

dear elyse, as i watch your journey i can't help but think of the strength you have always shown, the courage you have always approached life with, and the heart that was so big but only now so out loud. i hope you know you are in our hearts and prayers as well, much more than you see on your site...i wish i could take away all the painful events in your past and even now. i will always cherish our friendship. i know.....as you know, but even still.... love, jeri