Monday, September 5, 2011


Sorry it has been so long since I've written! I just got back from the beach with my family, and besides Tropical Storm Lee, I had a good time, and am nice and tan!!!

I find out about month ago, that the tumor is already showing some growth. Its very, very small, especially compared to pre-surgery. Because of this, I quit taking the chemo. 2 weeks ago, I started a new drug, and to be honest I have no idea what it is or does! I know that's bad, but my dad does all the research. I believe it attacks the tumor/cancer cells by cutting off the blood supply. I get an  infusion, in Birmingham, every two weeks. There is a guy who is 31 with the same type of cancer getting the same treatment as me. Its so nice to be able to talk to someone experiencing some of the same things you are. He was diagnosed around the age as I am now. He was very open about his experience and journey, also very positive. He and his wife were so nice, and funny. They make a infusion and day at the hospital a lot more tolerable.

Despite everything, I feel the best I have ALL year! In fact, I feel so good physically and emotionally I'm bored out of my mind! I still hope to find a job, but everything I start looking for a full time job, I change treatments or something happens. I need advice? Should I get a part-time job? I hate making decisions.

I do have Auburn and college Football to keep me entertained! What a game Saturday!!!

Recently I hiked Kennesaw Mtn with Candace. I've never done it before and it was so pretty!!! Here's some pics.

As always, thanks for the love, support, and prayers!


  1. Great to read the update. As for the advice you asked for: I'd say go for part-time work that has a flexible schedule. That way, you've got hang-out time with friends and family, the ability to change your work schedule if the doctor wants you to try something different, and some income-- all at the same time. You can always build UP from part-time work if you're still bored.

    Ever thought about doing a speaking tour as a way to earn income/raise consciousness, etc.?

  2. <3 and recently you met a super awesome new friend <3 who Might just love serenading you with "I loooove You this BIGGG" while eating frozen yogurt, even if it is "BRISK" outside! LOL
    all my heart

  3. Hey Marissa! I just read your blog. I don't know if you would want to or not, but just a thought. You could always go see a Vocational Rehab Counselor (that is what I am back in school to do).. they may be able to give you advice on whether or not to go back to work or some places that would be willing to work with your schedule and treatments..

  4. Marissa, Part time to start out with. Maybe just a few days a week to keep you busy.

    Glad you met someone to talk to when you go for treatment

    God bless you and stay strong.

    Love Aunt Kathleen & Uncle Mike

  5. Hello - Hope you are doing better! The Bryants