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Help support Brittany in her battle agaisnt a Rare form of Gene Mutation, AML Leukimia & an Immune Deficiency. We Can Help Her Win!

Since the first time I opened my eyes that morning, I had a hard time keeping them open. Through the day, I fell asleep anytime I was able to sit still for a moment. I even fell asleep during a mid-term that I’m not sure I wrote my name on. I felt as if I was an object in movement, but my humanity could not be found. That evening, at home, as I drifted in and out of consciousness, my father was always nearby to see to my needs. Little did we know that we were about to be tested in ways we never would have imagined.
At some point that night, I began vomiting what felt like several buckets of blood. Initially, my parents took me to a Medi-Merge for urgent care; however, once I had blood work done, the doctor, who looked as if he’d seen a ghost, told us that I needed to be taken to a hospital emergency room right away. Once at St. Peters, I was put through several forms of testing-- some of which was quite painful. At the time, I wasn’t sure that all they were doing was necessary. “It’s probably just a common cold,” I thought. “I think I’ll listen next time dad tells me to bundle up before going out in the chilly weather.” Those thoughts could not have been more wrong, but they kept me calm as I fell asleep that fateful night of January 19, 2005.
The next morning we found out, that at just 14 years old, I had cancer. I couldn’t believe my own ears when the doctor told me, “Brittany, you have acute myeloid leukemia.” It’s been 6 years, and in my mind those first 48 hours will always live in infamy.
To this day, I am continuing to receive intensive treatments and therapies; however, new battles have been waged. These battles revolve around the cost of what I need to stay healthy and alive. We (my parents and I) have come to the point that the cost of waging this war has become too great for us. To give you a better idea of our struggle, let me give you an example. For just 2 doses of one of my medications, after insurance pays their part, the cost left over is still $2,000.
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