Brittany was 18 years old, a recent high school graduate and just attended esthetics school when she was diagnosed in May of 2013 with a rare cancer. LangerHan Cells Histiocytosis is only found in about 300-500 children a year in ages 5-17.
After fighting a UTI infection for a month we decided to do a CT scan. They found 21 lesions on her spine. One the size of a golf ball had already started to deteriorate her 14th vertebrate and overtook 40% of her bone marrow when she was diagnosed by a local oncologist. Not knowing much about this rare cancer he found her a specialist in Indianapolis. Brittany started treatment of chemotherapy that same week.
The weeks were tough, receiving chemo once a week for months and keeping track of the medications she was taking was all a huge change in what she knew as a teenage life. During her journey she has relied on the “Fight Like A Girl” phrase and continued today to stay amazingly positive and strong!
She has found her strength in doing positive things for all of the children at the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. She has started her own fundraiser by having people make blankets. Her fight is to help find a cure for her rare cancer so other children don’t have to go through what she went through. She is determined to Fight Like A Girl and beat this cancer!!
The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.