Anybody out there?

It has been a very long time since I posted last. Just before my hiatus, I made a trip to New York to see my doctor at Sloan-Kettering. It was a wonderful trip, in large part because while I was there I had a clean PET scan and found out that my treatments would be reduced from six cycles of ABVD to four cycles of ABVD. I returned from New York, all keyed up to write this amazing “I’m halfway though with chemo and on top of the world” post, when suddenly things seemed to stop going my way.

A few days following that awesome PET scan, I experienced my most awful chemo aftermath to date. It happened just as I expected it to (but didn’t) the first time. I was so sick. Like wasn’t able to keep food down for almost four days sick. Like even teaspoons of water and ice chips weren’t happening sick. I’m so lucky that this has only happened once (so far). I’m also extremely fortunate that I had my mother in law in town to help Chris with Kai and to make sure that I kept attempting to consume fluids.

Before the wrath of the bad chemo treatment even subsided, another far more upsetting event unfolded. Chris’ grandmother, who he loves very much, passed away. By the time we headed out to Los Angeles to be with his family, I was physically feeling much better, but it did not seem like an appropriate time to write a blog post. I figured that I would catch up on blogging when we got home.

I was correct, but I had no idea just how long we would be gone for. Before we made it home from Los Angeles, we received more terrible news, this time about my Grandmother. Later that day we were headed from LA to New Jersey to be with my family and attend a second funeral that weekend.

Although we have been home for almost a week now, I just haven’t been in the mood to write. Instead of hiding behind my laptop, or in all likelihood, my iPhone, I wanted to spend my time holding Chris and Kai and being together, so that is what we did; I’m sure you all understand.


  1. LifeisBeachyKeen said:

    So sorry for the loss of your Grandmother & Chris’ Grandmother! You’ve had a rough month! Glad you are feeling better after your last chemo… and a big fat HOORAY for a clean PET!!! That is fantastic news!

  2. Hey Brit, that’s wonderful news about your PET scan! We’ve been thinking about you guys a lot. We talked to Loretta recently and she said she was really glad to be out there and able to help while you were sick. Our condolences about the losses in your family, that’s a lot to handle all at once. You’re about the most resilient woman I know and your positive spirit will get you through all this. Hug Chris and Kai extra for us. Long distance hugs from the Brown family. We love you! ~Christine, Ken, Haley and Asher 🙂

  3. Rebecca said:

    So sorry for all the unfortunate events. 😦 Good news about the PET scan, though!

  4. Good gracious, I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmothers. What a rough couple of weeks. 😦 Hope the clean scan and opportunity to spend quality time with family are buoying you through the tough parts.

  5. Lisa said:

    Absolutely we understand. My sympathies to you guys; what a rough month. 😦 I’m so happy to hear about your good scan though. That’s GREAT! Take care Brit; you are beating this!

  6. I’m sorry for your losses. 😦 What a difficult thing to go through.
    Glad to hear that your health is improving and hopefully, things start looking cheerful again, soon. Take care!

  7. Bree said:

    So sorry for your losses. Glad there was some good news through it all though.

  8. Dana said:

    I’m so sorry for the losses in both of your families 😦
    On the flip side, that is AWESOME news about your PET scan. Hang in there, you are doing fantastic 🙂

  9. So sorry for both your’s and Chris’s losses. It’s a good way to spend your time, holding on to your family.

  10. jillybean222 said:

    Oh no! So sorry for your losses, Brit.

  11. jgleespen said:

    So sorry for your losses. Glad to hear the great news about your PET scan!

  12. Sorry for your losses, that’s a rough month – but yay for your clean scan!

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