Today was without a doubt the most depressing day of fireplace destruction. Not only did we find more rotten wood on the sides of the fireplace, but we also found mold behind the drywall and TERMITE damage! :( Now the drywall on both sides has to come down and be replaced as well as the support structure. This is not what we bargained for when purchasing our "dream" home! We now have holes to the outside all along the outside fireplace walls. We have stuffed fiberglass in temporarily until we can figure out what to do next. It is supposed to rain more this week which is not a good sign. I guess this is just another test! Sabina once said that we were the King and Queen of perseverance....until now, I would have agreed. I just look at the mess now and want to give up.