Cara’s Story

Site created on January 4, 2019

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Newest Update

Journal entry by Cara Cocchiarella

Hello friends and family,

I hope your holidays have been amazing so far and I wish you all the best in 2020!  I'm not typically excited for New Year's, but this year feels very different to me.  I am MORE than ready to jump into a new year and as backward as it might sound, I am very grateful for 2019 and everything that I have learned and who I have become.  Most importantly, I am able to look back on a year of unending positive thoughts, messages, visits, and other expressions of concern from all of you with a very full heart.  You have had an unbelievable impact on me and my life in 2019.  At many times, your love has carried me through my days and as I have said before, I don't know how to thank you enough for all of your support.  You mean the world to me!

While the holidays were incredibly difficult last year because of my troubles breathing and a LOT of uncertainty, this year has been a completely different story.  Just before Christmas, I got great news of a clean MRI that was done on my brain (which revealed a sinus infection I've been battling for about three months now).  So, it turns out treatment is working, my immune system is still pretty wimpy, and I WILL TAKE IT!!!!  I am taking chemo on a daily basis orally and occasionally I take a couple different types.  I go into the clinic for treatment every four weeks.  My blood counts have remained low and we have had to hold off on some treatments because of that again, but I haven't been grounded which is awesome!  I've been working full time on campus and doing as many fun things as possible outside of that.  I still have to be careful about germs and apparently, I need a lot of rest still.  Life in the maintenance phase isn't what I would call "normal," but it's pretty fantastic, overall! 😃 

Anyway, I just wanted to get you all an update and thank you for everything you've done for me in 2019.  It's been crazy to say the least and I can't even begin to imagine doing it without the team of supporters I have had with me along the way!  For now, I'm continuing to move on and enjoy every second of this wild ride as much as possible.  Bring on 2020!!!!  And please make it the best year you can for yourselves as well!  I look forward to good times and adventures with all of you!  Let's do this!  Happy New Year!

With SO much love and appreciation,
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