Brittany’s Duke Fund

Someone asked me why I have not started a go fund me page, but I am very independent and more embarrassed. As many of you know I have battled an extremely rare and fatal type of sarcoma cancer at age 27 and cancer was found when I was 38 weeks pregnant. We were going to have someone else sign me up but I can tell my story a lot easier. After 15 surgeries and massive amounts of external radiation therapy and bronhioradiation therapy, my lower organs are starting to not function. I recently had aPET scan and MRI showed some abnormalities which has sent me back to Duke Hospital. There I underwent MRI and they found multiple neoplastic infiltrates of loops of my bowels. I received news by phone and said I would need to have biopsies done. In the mean time we have found out that my bowel and bladder has shrunk majorly since radiation treatments. I currently have a suprapubic cathater that goes into my abdomen to drain urine out of bladder bc it is completely dead as you should say. I am having to make multiple trips toDuke for planning, follow ups with radiation doctors and now we have been hit with a huge surgery that is going to require me to be in hospital for a length of stay. They are going to remove my bladder and do a urinary diversion. During this time my child is in school and I will be out of town for this surgery and it is also going to cause my family to have to stay in hotel for extended time also. I went to Duke last week and when you go you plan to stay more than one day bc they will have you seeing other doctors. With Christmas that just hit us and my fiancé and I rent and plus a mortgage I’ll be honest we are scrapping to get to Duke. I hate to admit this but my life is so important so I can continue to raise my son. It take us approximately 5 hours to get there with our stops sometimes 6 bc I stay in constant pain and have to stop frequently. So between these random frequent trips to Duke and hotel stays and up coming surgeries it is going to be a battle to get to where I need too. Doctors here don’t know much about my case bc it is so rare. I hate asking for donations but after someone and talking about it being my last resort. I am disabled but I do paintings as a hobby and try to make extra money but these trips are coming up on us so fast there isn’t enough time. I put goal as $2,000 but I know my god knows what our needs are and will meet them. Before cancer I was living a path straight to hell and I can honestly say so am thankful for my battles bc I became a Christian and dedicated my life to God and he has never left my side. Again I am very independent and would never ask for donations but like someone said everyone knows my situation and if you can even just share my story would be a blessing.
And it doesn’t hurt to try. Also after my surgery so am probably going to have to stay near Duke for short time to have in house nurse to come. I will be in hospital with ng tube until bowels start to function again and then it can be removed , at this time I want to see my son.! So my next apt is this upcoming Tuesday the 9. I hate more than anything to ask for help it kills me. I am suppose to be also getting married to my high school sweetheart in April. But between gas , hotel, medical bills and medications we are at lost. And if no donations it is ok bc God is my deliver and he has rescued me many of times. I was 38 weeks pregnant and when my son was born the cancer multiplied and metastasized to putter lining of my bladder. If I had not been pregnant and God send me Carter I would be in heaven right now, Carter took my nutrients while pregnant and slowed the cancer growth down. There is still a 55% chance it can come back that’s why I have to be continuously followed closely. Mine doesn’t react with chemo either. During my treatments I went through a divorce as well. I’m telling you this not for sympathy but bc you can get through any battles you cross all you have to do is have faith the size of a mustard seed. God has saved me, he does have plans for me. So if you have never heard of a miracle here is one right here. God is so good. Again I am so sorry to ask for donations for my family and myself . I
Promise to pay it forward. May God bless each of you and so love you .!

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Brittany Barrett 
Johnson City, TN
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