10/16/17 - I had no guest on today's show. Instead, I chose to focus on our cannabis community and highlighting some people who are in need.
In particular, our Southern Oregon cannabis family member, Brittani Thompson who used to live in the Applegate and work at Rogue Farmers Hydro/Organic Farming Store with her wife, Steph. She recently found out about a large tumor near her heart...so she needs our hearts right now. Come together and help any way you can to support this amazing woman and her family while they get through this tough time.
Places you can go to help Brittani:
On September 28, after being sick for almost 6 weeks (with suspected pneumonia), Brittani was taken to the ER after passing out in her kitchen while making soaps with her wife. The ER Techs x-rayed her chest to find a larger-than softball size mass, with a substantial amount of fluid surrounding her heart. Soon after, she was diagnosed with a form of cancer called Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma at the young age of 29. The stress on her heart was too much for her body to bear. They wanted to instantly drain the fluid, but realized that heart surgery was not the best option since her body was compromised and may not be able to handle it; instead, Chemotherapy was necessary.
Brittani started Chemo the night that she was diagnosed, and continued to undergo the treatment for four days straight. The Lymphoma responded to the treatment and the mass between her heart and sternum started dying. However, this aggressive drug is very toxic to her body, causing her to be extremely ill. Doctors are being cautious of kidney failure and taking necessary action to make sure that the chemo kills the lymphoma, leaving all organs healthy. She is in great hands at Salem Health. Brittani's family is very confident in her care providers and very proud of their fast reaction time in this time-sensitive moment. Her therapy plans include another 4- 6 sessions about every 21 days until the cancer is under control.
Since her diagnosis (even with the help of health insurance), her medical bills and other costs continue to accumulate. Brittani is concerned about her soap business slipping while she is not able to tend to it. As hospital visits and treatments accrue, we anticipate many more expenses to come in the upcoming weeks. Anything is appreciated during this tough time. Brittani has a rough, long road ahead of her. Although she is one of the toughest people on this planet, she needs our help; join us in supporting her, praying for her, and fighting with her.
Lastly, we are beyond thankful for the time you have taken to read this campaign for our beloved daughter, sister, wife, and friend. We are grateful to have amazing people in our lives.
We love you, Brittani. Kick Cancer to the curb!
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