it was just a little of many little comment updates from those Facebook friends and relatives whose pages i'd put a comments on

i didn't say that times like this one often finds themselves choking on their words...i was glad it was print material and my tears wouldn't stain the page

i met Brianna in 2005 when i was taking care of her Grandmum...she was my weekend relief doing on the weekends in Imperial Beach what i was doing for Mavis during the week in La Costa

she was in college at the time...but graciously gave up part of her every weekend to do for Grams....a beautiful vibrant smiling girl just coming fully into her own

a California blonde who loved the beach town she was raised in...adore the sun and it went perfectly with her sunny personality


i was shocked to find out a few months ago that she had been diagnosed with a Melanoma in one of her thighs...because her lymph glands on that side were already involved an amputation to halt the spread was not possible

and so she started that round of chemotherapy and all the other Cancer treatment that is mandatory in that kind of case

it was tough but Brianna is a strong minded girl and has a family and friends who had no problem rallying around to give her the support she needed...

i can't say she sailed thru it...but who does sail thru that kind of's seven kinds of hell...

everyone held their collective breath

then breathed a sigh of relief when all seemed well...she'd dodged the bullet it seemed

but that was not to be

just recently another Melanoma was found in Brianna's other it's back to the drawing board...actually...her hair hadn't grown back in from the the last treatment and now she's in her second round of the battle to save her life

her little LIKE response to my wishful comment that i hoped she was bearing up with her usual grace and style means a lot to me

her dad and mum and all her family and friends will keep smiling and willingly hold their breath again 'til this chilling medical tale hopefully has a happy ending

Brianna put this video up during her first round of treatments to educate young people about the dangers of over exposure to the sun

she is 26 years old and the daughter of Brian Bilbray a national congressman from San Diego and my niece Carrie's niece thru marriage


nan shartel March 8, 2012 @ 12:22 p.m.

i'm holding my breath honeypop and sending loving support to all in the Bilbray family...


SurfPuppy619 March 11, 2012 @ 8:40 a.m.

Just killed me reading this. I am hoping and praying she pulls through. Poor girl.....wish I could do something to help her.


nan shartel March 11, 2012 @ 8:44 a.m.

just hold out hope i guess Pupster...that's as good a anything

i'm sure she's getting the most up to date prayer and good spirits is all that's left

xxx000 nan


Twister March 8, 2012 @ 3:44 p.m.

Just heard of a new treatment (a drug and radiation) that has shown good results on a significant number of patients; I believe it is in trials right now. If I understand correctly (I may not--check this out) with the drug in the system radiation directed only in one organ somehow causes the cancer cells in other organs to die, due to some kind of effect on the immune system.


nan shartel March 8, 2012 @ 8 p.m.

is that the one devised by a high school girl...if so it's only in the animal trial stage now

i'll check into it more...could u provide a link Twister


nan shartel March 8, 2012 @ 8:47 p.m.

do u mean a tag to the cancer cell site with a radioactive tag that releases a cancer drug when excited by a laser beam Twister

that's the one devised by a 16 year old sophomore in high's the one in animal trials now

these eh!!


Twister March 8, 2012 @ 9:25 p.m.

I just saw part of a TV news item. The way I understood it was that the results of some treatments were just in and they were starting formal trials. I don't know the details, but I thought the combination of the drug and the radiation in a small targeted area caused the immune system to kill the metastasized cells throughout the body. I wish I had been able to write down something I could search on.


nan shartel March 9, 2012 @ 11:04 a.m.

that sounds even better Twister...the immune system turned on to do the killing sounds awesome

i love medicine...spent over 30 years working in it and have great respect 4 all the new possibilities


quillpena March 8, 2012 @ 11:25 p.m.

We're all behind you, Brianna. Best wishes and love to you. I wish sometimes that words could be so much more than just words. Something tangible and substantial, something other than just vocalized thoughts that seem feeble and worthless in times of trauma. But, unfortunately, words are almost always all we have.


nan shartel March 9, 2012 @ 11:07 a.m.

sincere words r substantial...hugs r even better however...

anything hopeful improves outcome...words have more power then we know

and thank u 4 ur encouraging words Quill...ur a sweetheart!!



nan shartel March 9, 2012 @ 11:26 a.m.

i think the reason we as a species have risen above our ape cousins (4 better or worse) is because we have words Quill...blessed be!!!

are they good enough???

not we just have to keep working on it....;-D)


nan shartel March 9, 2012 @ 8:27 p.m.

thx's scary but with a really important message

there are several "dear 16 year old me" videos on several subjects..they are all hard hitting and worth a look over at U Tube

sometimes this is the only way to get a message across to "immortal" thinking youth


nan shartel March 10, 2012 @ 3:44 p.m.

my Bobby has had to have that surgery more then once on areas of his face

had to have his ear revised


nan shartel March 10, 2012 @ 3:42 p.m.

scariest thing of all Mindy!!

i have a son like that...ggggggggrrrrrrrr


nan shartel March 10, 2012 @ 8:42 p.m.

couldn't we all

got lucky with Bobby fortunately...but to late 4 more kids


SurfPuppy619 March 11, 2012 @ 8:38 a.m.

[email protected] Ron Jeremy, aka the "Hedgdhog".

I saw him on the reality TV show he did and I can say he always seems humble and down to earth.

Where did you meet him?


nan shartel March 11, 2012 @ 8:45 a.m.

why was he called the hedgehog Pupster??


SurfPuppy619 March 11, 2012 @ 9:30 a.m.

Because he was rolly polly with body hair all over his body :)


SurfPuppy619 March 11, 2012 @ 11:42 a.m.

Mindy, that is one heck of a story.......RJ alsways seems sincere, and that really came across ont he reality show.....


Jay Allen Sanford March 12, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.

Still working out the "open passcode" bugs to enable writers to post fiction directly to the blog instead of submitting via email. Hoping that several fiction submissions we rcvd can be posted early this week!


nan shartel March 12, 2012 @ 2:15 p.m.

thx so much 4 all ur good work JAS..Roody and i and others are getting the word out with a live link to ur site "fictionwriter"


nan shartel May 11, 2012 @ 5:42 p.m.

Briana is back in San Diego and finally saw this blog

here's what she had to say:

Awww... Just saw this. Thanks Nan. ♥


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