The North Pole Experience

Brianne had an amazing time in Flagstaff last weekend at The North Pole Experience.  We were greeted with a room full of gifts for Brianne including an Elf University sweatshirt, sugar cookies, a Ram Rocket, ornament, and lots of other sweet treats.  We had a great time during the experience with Brianne's cousins, Connor and Kylie.  We enjoyed a "sleigh" ride through the woods after dinner.  In the morning we had breakfast with Santa, played at the playground, and packed up to go home.  It was great to be able to meet Morgan and her whole family while we were up north.  She is the person who made our trip possible.
Brianne with Santa's Oldest Elf, Alabaster
Brianne and Morgan

Getting an autograph on her ornament

Making toys in Santa's Workshop

Monday morning Brianne had her LAST dose of chemo for her frontline treatment.  This is the first time she has ever said she did not want her medicine.  She told me she didn't want to feel sick.  She slept most of the day after her chemo and threw up in the evening.  Tuesday was spent laying on the couch.  Brianne threw up again this morning, but seems to be doing better this afternoon.  She has started eating again, so hopefully the side effects are behind her.  If all goes as planned she will never have to take IV methotrexate again, which she is very happy about since this seems to be the medication that is making her so nauseated. 

I have a meeting with Brianne's school tomorrow to discuss her going back to school in January.  She is very excited to be back in school, I am a little nervous about the flu season.  Brianne will have count check the next two Wednesdays and will start her maintenance treatment on December 27th.  Maintenance will consist of daily oral chemo, monthly IV chemo, and spinal chemo every three months.

We hope everyone is having a very happy holiday season!


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