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 thoughts on “Peace of Mind”

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

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

    W&W

  6. 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.

  7. 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 …

  8. 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.

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

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