Brian's Battle to Beat Leukemia

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Raised by 69 people in 17 months
Hi, My name is Brian. On March 13, 2017, After 16 months contracting as a tank mechanic in Kuwait, I returned home to to take the next step in my life and to make up for lost time. I live in Killeen, Texas, with my beautiful wife Sabrina, awesome daughter Tylah Marie, and my 6 month old puppy Lucy.

  Within two weeks of being back, I came down with a terrible strep throat infection. After being treated with antibiotics and steroids, I began to feel better. The left side of my neck had begun to swell, but I was assured it was due to strep throat and that it would subside upon completion of the antibiotics. Within 48hrs, my neck developed a softball sized mass that was very painful and seemed to continue to grow. 

On April 3, 2017 I was admitted to Scott and White Medical Center to try to find an answer to what was happening. After multiple test, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with multiple rounds of chemotheraphy and a bone marrow transplant in the near future.

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), also called acute lymphocytic leukemia or acute lymphoid leukemia,  which is a fast-growing cancer of a type of white blood cells called lymphocytes. Normal lymphocytes help your body fight infections. In ALL, the lymphocytes are cancerous and don't fight infections very well. These cancerous cells (or leukemic blasts) grow quickly and crowd out the bone marrow, preventing it from making the normal red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets that your body needs.

These treatments may take 6 months to 2 years for the cancer to go into remission. This has caused great stress for my family and I, as I cannot seek employment, and my wife, who had rededicated her life to becoming a nurse, has had to postpone her dreams to be by my side along with her motherly duties to Tylah Marie and Lucy.

 It will become a long road with normal living expenses, and ongoing medical expenses adding up. We both have a strong belief in the God we serve. With love and prayers, I will continue to fight this cancer with every fiber of my being. This is why we want to ask for any help possible and we truly appreciate any help given. Thank you all for your wonderful kind words. 
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Finished round one of Chemo.....I'm winning right now#cancersucks
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Darius Mitchell
17 months ago
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Stay strong brother.!!!!

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Shameca Thomas
17 months ago
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Brian, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am praying that you beat this!!

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Pourshe Lachelle Dobbin
17 months ago

I'm praying for you and the family. You got this!!!

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$6,212 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 69 people in 17 months
Created April 12, 2017
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Willie Bryant
15 months ago

Godspeed bro

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Terri Roper Bell
15 months ago

Hi BJ, I haven't seen you since you were a little boy, and lived down the road from Nanny. I'm happy to see that you and your beautiful family are thriving. I'm keeping all of you in my prayers, during this difficult time. No doubt, you're a warrior, having served our country honorably, and you'll kick this cancer in butt! Stay strong and fight hard. Much love, Cousin Terri

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Anonymous
16 months ago
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Carol Guzmanchang
16 months ago

Hi SSG Stewart, I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I will never forget how you and SFC Colonel came to my rescue when my borrowed broke down truck ran out of gas. You guys came to my rescue. This is what brothers and sisters do for each other. God Bless You and Your Family.

Darius Mitchell
17 months ago
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Stay strong brother.!!!!

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Shameca Thomas
17 months ago
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Brian, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am praying that you beat this!!

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Pourshe Lachelle Dobbin
17 months ago

I'm praying for you and the family. You got this!!!

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