Tuesday evening, things took a turn for the worse and Brittany was admitted into the hospital. Her cornea is deteriorating rapidly and although she has a team of specialists looking after her and deciding what steps should be taken next, it's still unsure whether or not they can save her eye.
All of this is obviously going to cost the family quite a bit of money and any amount donated would help them out during this difficult time and make a world of difference.
Sorry it has been so long life is moving on and sometimes leaves me in the dust. Things are going good with all my support out there I could not thank yall enough I am still working on making people more aware of eye care. On my medical side my eye is almost fully scared no progress with sight but I have adjusted to life with the one eye. I will be looking forward to a transplant with a time line of about a year or two. Some side effects still remain discoloration of my eye , some twitching and burning but I do my best with it. It also gets disfunctional when I am tried it try's to shut on me but progress is progress even if it only a little at a time. I can't wait to someday get full vision back. And I think about everyone all the time and just how lucky I am to have all the support.
Thank you Brittany.
Just wanted to send a quick update . Things have been very crazy the world all spins so fast around me but I know some people have asked for a medical update. I am seeing the doctor once every two weeks which is great. I will know in about six months weather or not I will be elegable for a transplant. Right now I am waiting to scare and then once all the scaring is done I will know weather or not I can get a donor eye. I continue to stay postivie and pray I will have a transplant by 2017. Thank you all for continuing to keep me strong.
Apologize for the delay. So many of you asking about updates and there just doesn't seem to be enough time in each day.
I've been following up with my specialist and his staff on a weekly basis. Although everything is healing, improvements are slow, few, and far between. My physician estimates I'll be ready for a transplant 8 months from my last visit. Honestly at this point that's great news!!! No more infection and bacteria nor further damage (knock on wood).
I've started back to work!!! Thought I was the toughest girl alive and dove face first back into the swing of a full time job. Wow was I wrong!!! Balancing work with my eye care/precautions has been my greatest challenge yet some how. I'm always up for a challenge though and defeat doesn't come easy around here.
How's driving coming along? Hmmmm still not exactly driving on my own (per Rob we're just going to leave it at that lol).....but with his patience I'll get there eventually!!
Another interview?! Yes that's right! Despite regrettable past experiences with the media I've accepted yet another interview. With high hopes my faith is this one will be one of the few positive ones tailored around more than just gawking at my eye and pointing fingers. It's been in my hopes since day one to at my very least reach one other person through some sort of informative preventive awareness and save them from what I've been through. I'll be spending most of tomorrow working with Inside Edition pushing for this!!!
Last but certainly not least!!!! I want to send out an extra special thank you to a very special person, MY AUNT BUBBY!!! She's been there for me on the front lines through this entire thing and continues to offer everything she has up to help me. Without her I'm not sure what circumstances I might be juggling at this moment. I love you BUB!!!
Again and as always everyone, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! Your support, your donations, your prayers, your love, your time, your support, and your offered wisdom and personal experiences alike have and continue to touch me. I'm remaining motivated and uplifted through YOU ALL!!!!
I remember the days before the race being so excited talking about it at work. The morning of the race being so tired I almost slept in. Sometimes I think if I would have been ten mintues later I would be living my life like normal right now but that wasn't meant to be.
The day after the race I woke up blind but it was so surreal I didn't even realize I was blind yet. It was not until two doctors came and sat down in front of me and said I was most certainly blind and if I did not get the the hospital soon I was sure to lose my eye. Then it hit me, it was like when you go to sit down in a chair and it has been pulled out from under you. You don't know what has happened until you are on the ground looking up ; thats what I felt like.
When I was admitted into the hospital everything happen so fast you don't really have time to think. I was there for what seemed liked forever . I had eye drops every thirty minutes even through the night and saw my team of doctors everyday. There were several painful surgery and honestly I would have preferred the pain and of child birth but it had to be done. It wasn't all bad I had a lot of support, family and friends came and saw me and sent flowers to keep my spirits up. It was nice to see so many people looking out for me.
After leaving the hospital there have been many ups and downs but as I have always said "Your road map to life is always under construction." I have been challenged phyiscally learning how to do simple things like pouring a drink without spilling. Hard things like driving, still working on that one I'm not very good yet.
I have had emotional challenges coping with the way I see life now. I long for the day I can see my fiancé and daughter the way I use to they are still beautiful but it is just not the same. Someday I hope to walk outside and see how beautiful nature is without having to cover my eyes. I pray that all this will come back someday.
It was not been all bad though.
I have walked a small walk in peoples shoes who are completely blind and better understand what they are going through and hope I will be able to help many people like this someday. I have gotten to spend time with my family that I would not have gotten if this wouldn't have happened. I have been forced to slow down and enjoy small things in life ( reading a book, drinking a cup of coffee without having to reheat it five time and going to bathroom alone .)
Though I don't want to admit it thing have been hard but through all this I have become a stronger person.
So, would I take all this back even if that meant I still had my eye??? No, I wouldn't . I have met so many amazing people around the world because of what I have been through and learned so many things I wouldn't be who I am today without this amazing yet rough journey. Remember "everything happens for a reason" so go with it.
I will give back!!! I have felt my whole life I was put here to help others in small and in bigs ways. Since my accident I have been working on an eye care awareness campaign which will hopefully kick of June 7th of 2016 with a 5k fun run. All the proceeds will go to other families and research to find out what this aggressive bacteria was. Which just for the record was never digonased because of its agressive over take of my eye.
" Stay hungry stay foolish " Following these simple words have made many people successful and I will continue to live by them. Yes I believe the only way to overcome life is to get up and do it again. I will be doing my annual marathon in September ( no mud included) and I'm hoping not to skip a beat.
Thanks!!! I Don't think there is a word in the english dictionary that can describe my gratitude for all that has been done for me. Thank you to everyone that sent words of encouragement, donations , and prayers though go fund me . I am truly blessed to have so many people by my side.
All of this just goes to show you should never listen to the na sayers there will always be people out there that are going to only say negative things but there is a lot more supporters out there. These are the kind of people that change the world for the better THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING.
Lastly I would like to send out a special thanks to a few people:
My doctors I would not have an eye without you literally thank you.
To my family and friends for all their support coming to see me at the hospital and helping me at home. Thanks again ( Amy and Peter, Tara, John, Matt, Bubby and Lance, Doris and Jennifer, Odessa, Hunter and Elizabeth, Jessica and Cory, Jessica D. Rob and Shannon, and many many more.)
To Alyssa , Caitlyn, and Megan for starting the go fund me. When I first went to the hospital I was prioritizing what I would sell to get my meds and that huge weight was lifted because of these three amazing lady's.
To Jeff, David, Dede, all the Plano hooter girls , kitchen staff and many more. I have never experienced a company pulling together like Hooters has and I am proud to call hooters my home away from home. Anyone would be lucky to work here. This is an amazing group of people and I am honored to be part of this team.
Lastly to my Fiancé who has been my rock. He was been there for me every step of the way. Through the good days and a lot of bad days. He sat in a hospital for almost ten days never leaving my side. He slept in the hospital chair so long it left a permeant dent in the chair . He ate out of the hospital vending machines most days; if that isn't love than excuse me for saying this but I don't know what is. Through this I have experienced the epitome of the marriage vows " for richer or poor in sickness and in health." We have experience in poor and in sickness and it has still been so amazing. I cannot wait to see what the next 100 years bring with the love of my life. He truly has a heart of gold and I will never be able to repay him for what he has done for me. (ps i love you)
I hope this has touched everyone in some way and I have shown all of you my gratitude.
PS: " The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."
My heart has been touched Thank you again.