Saturday, November 21, 2015

Update on Grandma Peppa

I have sad news.

As you may remember from this blog post, David's grandma has been battling lymphoma. She was originally diagnosed about three years ago, went through chemo, was declared cancer-free, and everything seemed fine. She's always been very healthy and active--yardwork, housework, volunteer work.

This 30-second video of Zuzu laughing with Grandma Peppa is from the June of 2013 (before we painted the kitchen!) Grandma Peppa had completed her chemo treatments, but she and Zuzu were both bald at the time.

This summer, her lymphoma recurred and she went through chemo again. Once again, she was declared cancer free, and in early October she came and stayed a week with us. She was feeling good, her hair was coming back, and she had a new boyfriend (!). They have been planning a trip to Hawaii in January, along with a group of friends.

Unfortunately, she was hospitalized at the end of October with abdominal pain and it was determined that her cancer has come back suddenly and aggressively. Treatment has not been effective, and she has decided to begin hospice care this weekend.

David was essentially raised by his grandparents, as he and his mom moved back in with them when he was a year old and his parents divorced. He's really close to his grandma. He'll go back down there this weekend and we plan to take the girls to see her over Thanksgiving. I hate that they probably won't remember her. I wish I would have taken more photos and video last time she was here.

It's sad news at a time of the year that is already heavy with loss.

Grandma Peppa with baby Zuzu

Grandma Peppa with Baby Coco


  1. I'm so sorry to hear this, Brooke. Much love to David and your whole family - Grandma Peppa sounds like a really special woman. Will be thinking of you all.

  2. I'm so sorry for your bad news.

  3. I hate cancer.

    Make sure you take a picture of David and his grandma and maybe one of David, grandma and the girls. I know you probably were already planning on it.

    I hope your time with her is as special and full of love as it can be.

  4. Oh Brooke and David - we are so very, very sorry to hear this news. Please let us know how we can support your family here so that you can spend as much time as possible with your sweet grandmother.

  5. I am so sorry. She seems like she is a lovely lady and I love that she has a boyfriend (!), though I'm not surprised given how cute she is!

    I hope her days are gentle and she knows she is surrounded with so much love. <3

  6. I'm so very sorry for each of you. I, too, hope that her journey is somehow a gentle one, and that she's aware of how deeply loved she is, every minute of the day.

    I hope that for all of us, really.

  7. Oh no. I am so sorry for this crappy news.

  8. This makes me so sad. Such a sweet video. There's just so much in that woman that I know will be so missed by your entire family, but especially David. Sending all the love, friend.

  9. I'm so sorry to hear this! Love and prayers to your family!

  10. I'm sorry to hear this. :( I know you will treasure the times you've already had and the time you have left together.

  11. What sad news! I am so sorry to hear this. She seems like such a wonderful part of your family's life. Thinking of you all.