Let me start by saying, my children are no better than anyone else's. But I thought because we're in the middle of a pandemic, it's National Nurses Week and many many of you have followed Britt's life...I'd share with you some wonderful news we received this afternoon.

My daughter Brittni's story/journey is a colorful one with many highs and many lows. A model student in elementary and high school even throughout her parent's horrible, public divorce. An award-winning gymnast. A scholarship, she earned all by herself, to UL as a pole vaulter on the track team. A degree in Exercise Science from UL. An internship at Disney in Orlando that led to an actual job. Then in February of 2016, it all came to a screeching halt when she was diagnosed with cancer while working at Disney. Without a major cancer hospital, at best, she had three to four days to live.

After spending 39 in Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida and watching the incredible nurses that tended to her night and day 24/7, Britt decided to return to Lafayette and UL for her second degree. This time in nursing.

When Brittni decides to do something, the best thing to do is to get out of her way. Even with a compromised immune system, still undergoing cancer maintenance and taking medicines that didn't make her feel all that well on most days...she went back to UL for a second degree. This time for nursing and this time on her own dime.

Fast forward the tape to May 7, 2020...in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic and the middle of National Nurses Week. It's a beautiful sunny afternoon and the news comes from UL...Brittni's made it!

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I was doing some final touches on a townhouse remodel for my son Blake when I received the news. I was alone in an empty townhouse when I paused working to cry...happy, very happy tears.

I can't even begin to explain how excited and how proud I am of Brittni. Her story could be a best seller. Maybe one day she'll do that too.

I would like to thank all of you for praying for Brittni (many of you tell me you still do), for continuing to ask about her health and for loving her. She feels it. We feel it. And we will never forget what you've done for us.

I know in my heart Brittni will be one of the best nurses to ever enter a hospital. I'm so very proud of you Mary Brittni Clements. Your beacon just became brighter. So bright, God gave you enough light to share with those who need it. God carried you in 2016, now he will walk with you. Side by side from room to room, patient to patient. Everything happens for a reason, right? Maybe this was God's plan all along. I love you Brittni and I'm so very proud of you.

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