Brittany Lawson wasn't raised Wilson County, but after marrying Lebanon native Ronnie Lawson in 2003, made the community her home.
Lawson attended White House High School and graduated in the class of 1999. She and Ronnie met through a mutual friend that she worked with at the time. "If you ask him, he'll tell you we met on his doorstep because I came over to their house they lived in before we all went out," she said. "The rest is history."
Unfortunately, Ronnie was diagnosed with brain cancer in their newlywed year. Although he recovered for a period of time, Lawson said he is still going through treatments.
"After his last MRI on Feb. 23, his oncologist said that it didn't look any better, if not a little worse. He felt his current chemo plan wasn't working so he changed some things and he's doing a treatment called Avastin, alone without the chemo," she explained. The couple have looked into treatment options at Vanderbilt in Nashville and MD Anderson in Houston, Texas - but decided there was nothing they could offer that they weren't already receiving at St. Thomas in Nashville.
Lawson, who works as an Accounts Payable Analyst at NFIB National Federation of Independent Business, said the advice she would give to other families fighting cancer is to trust in God.
"When Ronnie first got sick, I didn't have a relationship with God... After his surgery and treatments we started going to church, and our life forever changed. Even though so many people say I am the strongest person they know, I feel like I am the weakest person," she said. "Cancer is not something any family should have to go through regardless of their age, but we struggle every day. It is OK to cry and be sad, but after that you must trust and have faith that you will overcome this trial and be able to tell the world your testimony of your faith and strength through this so you can help others do the same."
The Lawsons have an 8-year-old son, Jordan, who attends Coles Ferry Elementary. They are members of Hillcrest Baptist Church.
In her spare time, Lawson enjoys exercise. "My favorite thing to do is workout at Sports Village.
I used to be an avid runner but have slacked off a lot with Ronnie's illness," she said. From 2009 to 2012, Lawson ran six half-marathons, one full marathon and several 5K and 10K races.
Although there are many women she admires, Lawson said Wendi Warren has done an incredible amount for her family.
"After Ronnie's second surgery, she started bringing us meals and set up other people to do the same. Once many others were done bringing meals, she never stopped. She came every week and if she couldn't make it, she had her parents come by and bring something," Lawson said. "If she's not bringing us a meal, she will bring us a gift card for Kroger, gas for the car or to-go food from a restaurant. She will come in and visit with us and check on Jordan too... She does this all because she wants to and because of her sweet, kind heart. It means so much to us - more than she will ever know."
Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.