Briana’s Story

Posted December 12th, 2015 by Be The Match and filed in News
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Briana Donis HolidayMeet Briana. Briana is an outgoing, happy-go-lucky, energetic (almost) 20 year-old who loves her family, her dogs and has big plans to ride elephants in Thailand and dance in the rain. This self-described princess warrior loves to make people smile–especially her mom, dad and two younger sisters.

In March of 2014, Briana, the princess warrior, was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia. Her symptoms began just months earlier with fatigue, bruising and headaches. When she first heard her diagnosis, her warrior-like attitude kicked into high gear, “I never thought for one second that I wouldn’t make it through this.” says Briana.

By September 2014, it was decided that Briana needed a bone marrow transplant for survival. No one in her family was a match, so her doctors turned to the Be The Match Registry. With a renewed sense of hope, a match was found and she received her first transplant in December 2014.  Unfortunately, Briana’s cells failed to engraft and she had to undergo a second transplant in March of 2015. After battling some complications following her second transplant, Briana is happy to report that she is making huge strides in her health, “I no longer have my PICC line in, I’m not fighting any viruses and I am packing on the pounds!”

With a healthy outlook and BIG plans for the future, Briana is excited about attending the University of Texas in Austin online this spring and then attending “In person… FINALLY” in the fall of 2016.Briana Donis BTM Beanie

“My biggest challenge would have to be letting go. Not trying to plan things and worry about things. Losing control was hard”.  Briana is now taking control and helping spread the word about importance of joining the marrow registry and supporting transplant patients everywhere. This holiday season, Briana wants you to take action by rocking this Love Your Melon beanie to help raise awareness.
Love Your Melon has created a limited edition Be The Match knit beanie and $10 from every beanie sold will help patients find their marrow match, cope with the stress of transplant and fund more life-saving research. Support Be The Match and patients like Briana and buy your Be The Match + Love Your Melon beanie today!

4 Responses to “Briana’s Story”

  1. JulieMeryl says:

    So happy Briana is doing well. I’m 6 years post allo sct! Many many more years of happiness & good health to Briana. OX

  2. Beth Weiss says:

    Briana, You are a warrior. Keep on fighting and living. You are such an inspiration to me. I was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2013 and my perfect match lives in Germany. He saved my life! Thank you for spreading awareness.

  3. Michelle says:

    All the best to you! Very inspiring story ! My daughter was diagnosed with CML leukemia Sept 2013 and had a transplant in May 2015 . She is 218 days post transplant ! God bless you all!

  4. Gena says:

    Briana, You are indeed a Princess Warrior!! I am a bone marrow donor, I hope I’ll be a match and be able to help someone in need. ♡

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