Brittney – Anchorage, AK
Brittany was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at 31, just a few days after the arrival of her newborn son. Facing motherhood and cancer simultaneously can be the reality of many women in treatment, and she handles it with strength and grace. Thank you for finding us, Brittany!
Tell us a fun fact about yourself that has nothing to do with cancer.
What brought you hope as you faced cancer?
The future with my son and (newly married) husband has brought me the most hope.
How do you live life over cancer?
I focus on the fact that there is something greater than cancer, and I choose to continue enjoying the life I have. My son has been there since day one, when I discovered the lump and got diagnosed. He has helped me focus on living.
How did you become connected with Hope Scarves?
I googled where I could donate scarves. I had some that I used and some I didn’t get a chance to. It makes me happy to know that I can complete a service that will help others in need. I remember not knowing what I would feel like when I lost my hair, and also when it would grow back; also, wondering whether to get a wig or not and if there were scarves or head wraps I could pull off.
What do you wish other people knew about Hope Scarves?
I hope that others could find out about Hope Scarves during treatment – unlike myself. I had no idea until I was finished and I was looking into donating.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about sending a Hope Scarf to someone facing cancer?
They should know that this one scarf could mean the world to a person facing cancer. Until you are in a position to need a scarf, its really a hard concept to grasp how a little encouragement can go really far – but it can! When you try to put yourself in their shoes, you will have a better understanding and help you be more open-minded.
What is one of your dreams or goals for the future?
My dream is to continue traveling with my family and to raise my son to have faith and manners, and be nice to others. Being loving and kind will help him live a peaceful life and enjoy what this earth has to offer. My overall goal would be to watch my son get older and to see grandchildren live a fulfilling life.
If your friends or family describe you in a couple of words, what would they say?
Please share something you learned facing cancer.
I learned that judging a book by it’s cover is very much a disservice to yourself. I learned that we were created for challenges and struggles, and there was more than survival on my journey. It was up to me to discover it.