Brianna Helps Pummel Pulmonary Fibrosis

September 25, 2013: The worst day that I have ever had to endure in my entire life. My world came crashing down around me, only remaining in shambles. An operation that was supposed to prolong my mom's life until a lung transplant ultimately killed her. She was determined brain dead and harvested for her organs (the only good thing that came out of it). Originally, I had been in a thick fog, not understanding the risks of the procedure. Up until I was informed that dying was a possibility, which would normally be obvious to me, I had been waiting with angst to talk to her again. My best friend had been in a deep sleep for two days before I realized that she would never awaken.

The only beneficial aspect that came out of my misery was that my mom was able to save many lives by organ donation, which I STRONGLY promote. Her lungs went to research and her skin, kidneys, liver, and several other organs saved the lives of deserving people of all kinds, just as she was.

I thought it was a nightmare which I couldn't arise from, just wanting to be with the person who made up such a large part of my existence. She had been in the hospital for the previous month, so I had been adjusted to her not being at my home.  The big thing now was to learn how to let the despair subside and to carry on with my life, making it as normal as possible. Luckily for me, I had a large support system.  Now, almost 9 months later, I have learned to cope the best that I can. A moment doesn't pass without me thinking about her and the pain still stings like a severe sunburn (in my heart that it is). So much is happening in my life now and my mother not being capable of being here physically to stand by my side tears every cell of my being apart.  

My new mission is to raise funds and awareness for my cause, Pulmonary Fibrosis. My mom fought with every ounce of her energy in order to stay with me.  She used to say "Just put a picture of you in my hospital room and I will never stop fighting". We need to find a cure for this dreadful disease that tears families, and lives in general, apart.

Please donate to this cause because nobody deserves to live in this state of distress that my mom endured for 3 years. I adore my mom even though she no longer remains with us and this would be a fantastic tribute to her.  

I love you to the moon and back a billion-gazillion times, Mommy! xoxo

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