Latest news from Blair and Jeanby Jon Blackmon on 01/27/12
Just want you and our friends in Terlingua and elsewhere to know we are doing fine. Today Blair is finishing up his sixth week of radiation and chemotherapy "lite" at the West Texas Cancer Center in Odessa. He has eight more zaps of radiant light to go; and one more chemo infusion, taking us through Feb. 7th, I believe. Absolutely no complications or serious problems to this point -- he's a bit tired and anemic, but these symptoms will clear up quickly after the treatments are over.
He's walking a little on his own -- kinda gimpily and cute, like Debbie Giffords (ha ha); but mostly uses a walker. The wheelchair is seldom used, unless it's a really long haul from one place to the other.
I'm holding up pretty well (a few more gray hairs). It's been hard, but my Blair is worth it!
Our big news is that we are buying a "new" home in Alpine and putting the Marathon house on the market. The future home is a true circa 1930 Santa-Fe style adobe with a small second story. It's on a beautiful lot just 5-6 blocks from Front Street Books in Alpine, but tucked away and quiet. It's in the style of the home we had planned to build in Terlingua, but a little bigger.
We are very excited about this--and it will be OUR home instead of MY home--and there's lots of room for Blair's photographs and collections of rugs and masks, etc. As well as our books and my things.
If you want to see a photo of it, I think it is still listed on line [pause]. Yep, it's at http://www.
(But ignore the listing price---we're not paying that for it.)
We do so miss being in Terlingua and seeing all of your dear friends, and hope to be able to visit often in the future.
Love to all,
Jean and Blair