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.