8th May 2017 (update)
Elena is much happier at home with family and friends, not to mention the clean air and lots of trees. I really hope this environment greatly contributes to her recovery. We are managing her pain quite well, but there are still good days and bad days. I never leave her side and always try to be positive. Even though she is getting a bit weaker and now requires a walker, we still go for short walks nearly every day which always lifts her spirits. Plus we take our dog with us on walks and seeing her roll in the grass makes Elena laugh.
We have been waiting until we spoke to our chemotherapist until sending you another update. Elena’s kidneys are now doing well enough to start chemotherapy on May 12. We are prepared for the side effects and hope that the treatment will be helpful. Three weeks after treatment there will be a CAT scan to start determining if the chemo is working. Elena has also started cannabis oil treatment (8 days now) and is attempting a diet which should help her overall health and fight the cancer. Combining chemotherapy, cannabis oil and a very healthy diet is the best strategy we could come up with. All hopes and prayers lie with this now.
I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for Elena and our family. Even though this is such a difficult time we are truly blessed to have so many of you care for Elena. Thank you with all my heart.
-Peter, Elena and Maya.
24th April 2017 (Update 3)
Thank you everyone for with your help we have surpassed the halfway mark in our campaign. Elena's kidneys are slowly recovering. She is starting to feel better. Tonight may be her last night in the ICU, and hopefully the hospital will release her soon after. I continue to read your comments to her daily, for they truly encourage her to keep fighting. I would like to show you the most recent picture of Elena so you all can see the great improvement.
Thank you so much everyone for your love and support. Your donations could not be more timely. The cancer proved to be more aggressive than expected, and has grown so much it blocked kidney drainage and damaged Elena's bladder.
My wife was rushed to emergency surgery with less than 5% kidney function. Surgery happened yesterday and was successful in bypassing the blockage so her kidneys can drain properly. Elena is currently recovering in the ICU. We hope by early next week her kidneys will have recovered enough to proceed with chemotherapy as planned.
Once again thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support. It lightens our spirits to know that we are not alone in this situation.
-Peter, Elena and Maya
___________________________________________21st April 2017 (Update)
Elena is in the hospital after emergency visit - she will be headed to surgery today to restore her kidney function. Good thoughts and prayers are much appreciated. She is very thankful for the support - she is unable to get online and respond to everyone but please know that Elena, her family and friends - are all very thankful for the outpouring of the support for her!
Hello everyone! I am reposting this here to raise awareness. Please consider helping Elena out!
As many know, ( Elena Nodel aka Anadiomena ) has been battling cancer for the past year and her situation is much more serious than anticipated, she has been given a year to live. She is facing another treatment that may be her only hope.
Elena is a very well known member of the knitting community - her magical and inventive designs have been knit by many knitters around the globe! Please consider helping her and her family either by purchasing her patterns or donating to her via GoFundMe here.
She is running a sale - all her self published designs are currently 50% off via Ravelry, (no code required). Her shop is here. The sale ends on May 5th 2017.
We would also love to see you joining in with the Colour Adventures KAL taking place until the end of May 2017 on Ravelry.