My friend E. has had a reprieve. Indeed, she has experienced a medical miracle. The radiation she received a month ago completely removed the blockage of her bowel, and she has been cleared to eat, resume treatment, and generally enjoy life, although she will still receive assistance from hospice.
It looks like E. will ive to celebrate her 30th birthday next week, plant her garden and reap the fruits, and spend the summer with her family. She may have a month or two; her new goal is to walk her daughter into her first kindergarten class in the fall.