Maranda Brownlee, Castleberry, AL
MOTHER, FATHER, 4 DAUGHTERS (10 MONTHS OLD, 13, 14, 18), GOING TO THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS IN TENNESSEE, AUGUST 6 - 13, 2016, VACATIONING AT "MY RUNAWAY WAGON RETREAT". DIAGNOSED WITH STAGE 4 BREAST CANCER HER2, 16 ROUNDS OF CHEMOTHERAPY, RADIATION, SURGERY LUMPECTOMY, METASTASIZED TO NECK, LYMPH NODES, STOMACH, NEAR AORTA. NOMINATED BY 18 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER WHO SAID, "SHE'S BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH AND STILL TAKEN CARE OF ME AND MY 3 SISTERS. SHE NEEDS TO GET AWAY AND RELAX. SHE ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO THE MOUNTAINS.
VACATIONING IN MY RUNAWAY RED WAGON IN SHAGBARK, TNENNESSEE!
Fun & Happiness in The Smoky Mountains...
AUGUST 2, 2016
Thank you so much Sandra!! We are so excited about the trip. I'm here at the cancer center today getting my HER2 treatment so that worked out great. Thanks again to everyone!!!
AUGUST 7, 2016
We made it to the cabin late yesterday afternoon. We only made like 7 or 8 stops along the way. LOL. It is beautiful!!! We want to just move in. HA! Thanks so Much!!! See y'all Monday at the DreamMore reception!!
AUGUST 11, 2016
I enjoyed meeting everyone!!! Awesome group of people!!!
AUGUST 22, 2016
Sandra I wanted to thank you and everyone at LESLIE'S WEEK!! I have been so busy since I got home, everyone started back to school. I had a bone scan and CT scans last week. Going tomorrow to find out results. We all had such a good time on the trip!!! We loved riding around the mountains and enjoying the beautiful scenery. This lifer made it to the top of Clingman's Dome. It was a steep hike but it made me feel good to do it with the girls. We enjoyed Country Tonite and Dixie Stampede. Dollywood and Splash Country were so much fun. It was so nice for the whole family to get to enjoy a break away from everything and have all the teenagers in one place.
I met some really amazing women. I am truly blessed. The owners of the cabin we stayed at are beyond wonderful also. They are the sweetest couple and so generous. The cabin was beautiful and had the most gorgeous view. Thank you to Bill for the wonderful pictures also! I'll never be able to thank you and all the people at LESLIE'S WEEK enough. You gave us a memory that will last forever. Thank you!!!
"Don't look back. You're not going that way!"