Monday, November 4, 2013


Hi everyone!   It's been over two months since my last post.  Sorry about that, but there's not a whole lot to report (which is good)!

Briley still has monthly appointments at Cooks.  We've actually been going to the Cooks clinic in Grapevine the past 2 or 3 months.  It's not busy there and we are usually out of there in 30 minutes or so.  Briley has blood draws each time and count checks.  She's a big girl now so she thinks that she doesn't need numbing cream to help with the needle sticks!  She just lays her arm out there and let's the nurse take blood like it's no big deal!  We are very proud of her!

All of her counts have been coming back great.  I must admit, I'm always a little apprehensive before getting the results.  To many things run through my head.  So far, so good.  We pray and have faith that everything will continue to go as plan.

Briley has stopped all of her meds.  It's been nice not to give her meds other than an occasional allergy pill.  The doctor has been a little concern with her weight gain.  It's nothing major now, but it's trending up and something we'll have to keep an eye on.  She explained to me that this is normal for kids coming off chemo.  I've seen this with other kids myself that are just off treatment.  I think it's simply a sign that she's finally healthy for the first time in 2.5 years!  If that's all we have to worry about, then she is doing good!

Life is busy around the Hostas household.  It seems like we are going nonstop.  Briley has Monday night dance class, Tuesday afternoon twirling, Alicia and the kids have "church school" on Wednesday nights.  Bryson has soccer practice on Tuesday afternoon's and games on Saturday morning.  Is all of this normal?  We'll take it!

There will be a CureSearch walk in Fort Worth at the Texas Motor Speedway this coming April and Team Briley will be there to help raise money for pediatric cancer research.  I will post more information as soon as I get the team signed up and ready to go.

We appreciate everyone that takes the time to read the blog and may God bless you.