Monday, February 11, 2013

A Phenomenal Benefit and Some Chemo Updates

Without question, Terry and Claire have been blessed with some fabulous friends in Ajo.  A few weeks ago, their Arizona family held a benefit silent auction and dance fundraiser.  All of the tickets were sold, filling their venue to capacity.  Local artisans donated all kinds of wonderful items like handmade jewelry, handmade pottery, original paintings, private in-home concerts, brunch for six, as well as many other amazing finds.  Paintings by both Claire and by Terry were auctioned off, touching off a bit of a bidding war by some friends.  The winner of Claire's painting donated it the same night to a mutual friend who loved it so much.  What a touching gesture!  It sounds to me like something Claire herself would do.  Awesome.  Thank you to everyone who donated items, purchased tickets, bid on the prizes, and helped make this event a huge success.  Special thanks to Chris Manson, Wendee Cloutier, Deborah Whittemore, and Ralph Hudson for making this the most organized event imaginable.  My apologies if I missed anyone, just know that all of the time, blood, sweat, and tears that went into this event is greatly appreciated.  Claire and Terry can feel the love, even from miles away.  I'm sure it has brightened many of their days in gray, wintry Spokane.  Thank you!

Claire returned to chemo today.  Hopefully, it will be kind to her.  This is her first taste of the "poison" since her mastectomy.  In time, she will see how her body reacts to this breed of chemo.  We are all crossing our fingers that it does the job, while sparing her the awful side effects.  Claire did receive some good news from her CT scan.  Her cancer has not spread to any other locations!!!!!  AWESOME!!!!!   She will be having chemo treatments every three weeks, with a total of four rounds of chemo in this set.

Erin had another round of chemo last week, her second since her lumpectomy.  This type of chemo is different than what she had last fall and is not treating her kindly.  Erin is struggling with intense nausea and extreme fatigue.  Hopefully, the side effects will lessen soon.  She shared with me that while she was having a particularly difficult moment, her sweet Landy Lou brought her juice, crackers, and tissues to try to console his loving mama.  What a sweet little man!  Those two boys are remarkable.

If you would like to send Erin and Claire your support, cards can be sent to:
3118 W Grace
Spokane WA 99205

Also, their meal calendar has seen very little activity since the holidays.  January is so hard for all of us!  If February is treating you kinder and you would like to sign up, please do.  Thank you!!!

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