For more than fifteen years, Hope for Two has worked to connect women who experienced cancer while pregnant with newly diagnosed mothers-to-be. This network of Volunteer Support Women to cancer patients like Brittany.
"When I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the second trimester of my first pregnancy, I was terrified," she said. "I asked my doctor where I could find resources and support and he referred me to a local young survivor support group for women with ovarian cancer. He informed me that I would possibly find someone with my same type of cancer, but would most likely not find someone who was diagnosed during their pregnancy since both were so rare."
Unsatisfied with that answer, Brittany started searching on the web to learn more and try to find someone who had faced the same issues that she was experiencing.
After contacting Hope For Two, "what ended up happening can only be described as fate," she said. "I was matched with a woman named Liz who not only had gone through my same type of chemotherapy during her pregnancy, but whose video diary I had watched online multiple times for inspiration!"
Brittany added: "I was a little star-struck getting to speak with Liz being that in my mind she was a survivor celebrity that I looked up to. She helped me through what could have easily remained a terrifying experience with grace and courage. I am proud to be the mother of a healthy eight-month-old daughter and am currently cancer free!"
Today, Brittany plans to become a Volunteer Support Woman and help others as she was helped by Hope For Two.
Photo of Brittany and daughter Emerson courtesy of Hope For Two. GreaterGood.org supports this volunteer program through the Gifts That Give More [tm] available at The Breast Cancer Site