Hi, I’m Brittannie! I’m 31 years old, a newlywed to an amazing man, and new Mom to our beautiful daughter, Sydney.
I gave birth to our little girl, Sydney Marie, a month early via C-section on 4/19/2018. The pregnancy was complicated due to a large ovarian cyst that developed quickly and prevented Sydney from dropping. The cyst was biopsied during the C-section and we were informed a few days after our daughter’s birth that the cyst was malignant. It was ultimately diagnosed as Clear Cell carcinoma, a form of Ovarian Cancer, which is an aggressive and extremely rare type of cancer for someone my age. A month after giving birth, I underwent a full hysterectomy to remove the cancerous mass and to begin a long road of recovery and additional treatment, all while having a newborn at home to take care of.
We’ve been extremely blessed to have loving friends and family to help us through all of this craziness, but we will still need extensive help in the coming months. I’m currently undergoing six rounds of chemotherapy and immunotherapy, as well as extensive radiation treatment after a recent PET scan revealed that the cancer metastasized behind my collar bone.
Our main goal is to help raise enough funds to help with medical/treatment costs, childcare, and potential living expenses, especially if I’m unable to return to work.
We were informed at my first chemotherapy treatment that a foundation for my type of cancer doesn’t exist, which means that the financial assistance we receive for my treatments will be limited to our health insurance and savings.
Our secondary goal will be to help offset the financial burdens of such a diagnosis for other women in similar situations by creating a nonprofit organization for Ovarian Cancer Awareness. The organization will raise money specifically for patients and their families as well as raising awareness through early detection at well woman visits. This type of cancer is a silent killer and if I hadn’t been receiving routine ultrasounds due to the pregnancy, I would have never been diagnosed until it had progressed even further. I firmly believe that detection is key in providing the best possible treatment and outcome with this type of diagnosis.
Any remaining proceeds raised through this gofundme that are not directly used for our medical, childcare, and living expenses will go towards starting the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Foundation.
I finished my last radiation treatment today. There may be more in the future but I’ll take it!
One thing at a time
One thing at a time