Last Wednesday, our family went to LA to celebrate DD’s final night before he begins his chemotherapy. DD was joking that he’s worried our family is going out too often these days…
At KangHoDong Baekjeong in Koreatown, Los Angeles
Korean BBQ with egg and corn cheese; their famous traditional lunch box bibimbap
After dinner, we headed over to a cafe our family frequents for dessert when we’re in K-town together. Because all of the tables were occupied when we arrived, they placed us in the best seats in the house, replete with light decorations and a fireplace table! What a picturesque, memorable way to spend our last night together! Laughs and smiles abounded.
At Yellowhouse Cafe, a cute coffeeshop in Koreatown, Los Angeles
Cheering with their matching sweet potato lattes
Sharing many laughs…
… and secrets…
So apparently, Wednesday, April 10th was National Sibling Day! My Instagram feed and brother’s Facebook newsfeed were littered with cutesy photos and of course, we had to contribute:
Best of all, DD and DM decided they couldn’t be one-upped and joined the fun!
… and more kisses.
The following day, Thursday, was DD’s first chemotherapy appointment at 1:30PM. Before heading out, I gave DD and DM a small present I had prepared for our long journey ahead:
For my SuperDad and SuperMom! May we overcome DD’s kryptonite together!
DD had Folfox administered to him over the course of three hours. I was there in the beginning, left to pick up my brother, then came back with some frozen yogurt for DM and the nurses helping DD. He began complaining of muscle fatigue the next day and, after he began taking Xeloda, his oral chemotherapy medicine, that night, he hasn’t been able to eat properly since. He has zero appetite, nausea (vomits whenever he eats anything), and neuropathy (cold water feels like a thousand needles stabbing). Even his anti-nausea medicine is not helping and chemotherapy is truly as bad as I’ve heard it to be. DD still makes an effort to exercise and build his strength and it helps that there’s a neighborhood park he can walk to!
A trip to the neighborhood park with DD, DB, and one of our dogs!
Also, quick update: we booked our cruise! After a long dilemma of whether to book an oceanview or suite room, we ultimately chose the Grand Suite Room for the VIP embarkation and debarkation privileges as well as the superior comfort for DD! This will be our first cruise so we’re all very excited! We’re praying that DD will feel better by then…