Peace of Mind

by Bri on July 21, 2008

I have literally wanted to write everyday…and haven’t. I’ve got two or three drafts of things I’ve started, run out of energy, thought I would get back to, and didn’t. Everyday, I have wanted to tell all of you how incredibly humbled and appreciative I am that you participated so lovingly in this fundraiser. But, with viruses, fevers, coughing fits and fatigue, I just haven’t gotten to the blog much. I have good days and bad days, but I really do feel blessed. Below is a post I started to write after the fundraiser ended, and leaving behind my perfectionism for a moment, I’ll just share what I wrote then, and hopefully have the energy to post more (including pictures) later. I just want to let you all know, I’m still here, I’m taking it one day at a time, and Marc and I are so touched by the outpouring of support and love. Thank you.

Well, the fundraiser on my behalf has officially ended. I haven’t gone through and added absolutely everything up, but the combination of the “Bloggers for Bri” ChipIn fundraiser, family and friends who’ve just given money just because (not knowing about the fundraiser), and about $3,500 that the hospital near me waived in emergency room charges, all comes to about $20,000. I honestly couldn’t have imagined that in my wildest dreams. We went into (and haven’t come out yet) so much debt from the first time I got sick, that I am speechless at the generosity and kindness of friends (old and new) around the world.

I am much better after the pneumonia, but it took a lot of rest, love from my family in the form of chauffeuring and meals brought to me, and between $500 and $,1000 a week in alternative therapies. Knowing that the fundraiser has been such a wild success has given me tremendous peace of mind. I can do what I know is good for my healing and not think twice. I can’t begin to express how powerful that is.

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

gigi July 21, 2008 at 7:49 pm

That is terrific Bri – so glad to hear that you are feeling better and tapping around on the keyboard a little. We all are thinking of you and sending positive vibes!! xo

manggy July 22, 2008 at 12:55 am

To hear you’re better gives *me* peace of mind 🙂 Hugs!

Jennifer (Baklava Queen) July 22, 2008 at 4:31 am

I agree with manggy, Bri. It’s wonderful to hear from you and to know that, even when your physical health has ups and downs, your spirit soars! Much love and blessings! Jen

bee July 22, 2008 at 7:29 am

stay strong, my beautiful friend.

alexisthetiny July 23, 2008 at 11:00 pm

Glad to hear you’re feeling better. Stay strong! 🙂

Vegeyum Ganga July 24, 2008 at 8:29 am

take care. Look after yourself.

Madeline July 24, 2008 at 3:01 pm

Wow, what a wonderful community of people. That is amazing. I’ve been a longtime fan of your blog. Take care.

Sarah July 25, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Still thinking of you today, Bri… I truly hope for nothing but the best for you!

nimi July 27, 2008 at 10:10 pm

Happy to read and know you feel better.
Prayers and love for you.

Janet July 28, 2008 at 10:07 am

Hi Bri, I’ve read amazing things about you on other blogs and I’ve been lurking on yours a bit. I’ve been hesitant to say anything, because I know your situation only too well. My mother had breast cancer twice and it beat her the second time when she was 49 years old.

I am so glad to hear that you are able to seek the medical treatment that you want, and it is wonderful that there are so many kind people that are here to help you. A positive mind is a very powerful force and yours is extraordinary. Your courage and determination are truly inspirational. I wish you the best and I will think about you and pray that you stay strong and keep smiling.

Nirmala July 28, 2008 at 9:21 pm

Bri, I am more than happy to see you grow srong both mentally and physically. Things will become alright soon. And my entire family asks about you now and then. Take care dear!

Chez US July 31, 2008 at 8:46 pm

I think of you often & wonder how you are. I am overwhelmed and so happy to hear you are feeling better! Our thoughts are with you daily! Take care and rest!

sia August 1, 2008 at 6:34 am

Bri, i am very glad to know u r feeling better 🙂 lots of love and hugs to u

Tina August 1, 2008 at 10:06 am

Love your blog! So glad that I found it!

TBC August 4, 2008 at 12:06 pm

I’m happy to hear that you’re feeling a little better these days.
Stay strong, Bri! Hugs to ya! 😀

Chez US August 12, 2008 at 9:48 am

Thinking of you often, hoping you are doing better!

Woman & Warrior August 18, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Just thinking of you Bri! Hope you are improving day by day. Can’t wait to see you blogging again. I love your site.


Jen Yu August 20, 2008 at 10:03 pm

Bri, you are never far from my thoughts. I hope you are soldiering through the treatments. I am wishing you strength of mind, spirit, and especially body. Sending love and hugs to you and your loved ones.

Anita August 21, 2008 at 7:46 am

I know you’re too busy to post, but we’re all still pulling for you and sending you our hope and love.

nimi September 2, 2008 at 3:27 am

Hi Bri… i keep thinking about you often.
Hope you are doing good, be strong!

suhanya September 4, 2008 at 8:29 pm

Though m late to visit u’r blog..It still gives me immense happiness to see u back n staying strong than ever!!!

Stay strong!!! U are suceeding…
Love u …

sam September 16, 2008 at 4:49 pm

Just checking in and hoping you are still doing ok.
Much love, sam

Madeline September 17, 2008 at 11:20 pm

Hi Bri,

I was just thinking of you and wanted to send out my best positive energy.


JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen September 22, 2008 at 7:32 pm

I keep thinking about you, I just wanted to say hi, that I have you in my thoughts all the time and I hope that each day brings you hope, joy and love.

TBC October 19, 2008 at 6:38 pm

Dearest Bri,
Saw the update on Bee’s blog.
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Lots of love and hugs.

Anita C October 27, 2008 at 11:40 am

Dear Mark, Cynthe, and all of Bri’s family:

Though we met Bri only once, I’m so sad to hear of her passing. She was a bright spot in our online lives, for the short time we knew her.

sunita October 27, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Dear Bri,

You are in my thoughts…rest in peace.

Nabeela October 27, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Read about Briana on Bee’s blog….really saddened by the news. I pray for peace for her family members and friends.

Sia October 28, 2008 at 3:37 am

Rest in peace dear Bri… You will always be remembered for your lovely smile and spirit… Always…

Divya Vikram October 28, 2008 at 10:08 am

May your soul rest in peace Bri..

J October 28, 2008 at 9:58 pm

Sorry to hear about Bri..

May your soul rest in peace, Bri.

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