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This Woman Is Fighting For Her Life One Beautiful Yoga Pose At A Time

Briana Donis has an extremely rare and deadly form of anemia. But that hasn't stopped her from pulling yoga poses like a champ.

Meet Briana. She's a 19-year-old from Houston, Texas, who has a rare and deadly disease called aplastic anemia.

She was diagnosed with the disease at 18, after noticing that she was bruising a lot, and becoming tired rather easily.
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She was diagnosed with the disease at 18, after noticing that she was bruising a lot, and becoming tired rather easily.

Though she's looking super cute and #HospitalGlam here, aplastic anemia is a very serious disease that affects only 1 or 2 in a million people.

Aplastic anemia impacts the body's red and white blood cells and the blood's platelets, and prevents the body's bone marrow stem cells from producing enough new blood cells. The only treatment for the condition is chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.
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Aplastic anemia impacts the body's red and white blood cells and the blood's platelets, and prevents the body's bone marrow stem cells from producing enough new blood cells. The only treatment for the condition is chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.

In December, Briana received a bone marrow transplant, but it unfortunately failed.

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Now she's been left with a severely compromised immune system. Because of all the chemotherapy she's gone through in order to prepare for her transplant, she has NO white blood cells in her body right now, leaving her susceptible to disease.

She's supposed to receive a second bone marrow transplant sometime this month. To keep her alive and healthy, her family and supporters are looking for donations of white blood cells.

They're also hoping to raise funds to help the family because Briana's mother — the primary breadwinner — had to take an unpaid leave of absence from her job while she's in treatment. Briana's condition will require that she live in isolation once she's out of the hospital, so the family now has two apartment rents to pay.
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They're also hoping to raise funds to help the family because Briana's mother — the primary breadwinner — had to take an unpaid leave of absence from her job while she's in treatment. Briana's condition will require that she live in isolation once she's out of the hospital, so the family now has two apartment rents to pay.

And in the meantime, because her immune system is so compromised, she's living in isolation at the Texas Children's Medical Center.

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But that hasn't stopped her from following her passion: Yoga.

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Despite the fact that she's in the hospital, Briana manages to post herself in a yoga pose every day on her Instagram.

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Here she is, in isolation, doing the Samakonasana pose.

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She does a pose a day, no matter the challenges.

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"| fought against the doctors to do my pose today, had two other doctors come in and tell me not to, had my nurse tell me I couldn't, then had my nurse tell my doctor when she found out I already did," she wrote on the caption of this photo.

Many perfectly healthy people can't even do this (which is apparently called the Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana).

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This one, too (it's called Hanumanasana).

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"I like yoga because it challenges the inner me and the physical me," she told BuzzFeed Life. "I started it because it was a challenge that I knew if I put my mind to it, I could do it. It wasn't the kind of exercise I was used to. It was more personal. It was my own journey and not just a physical one."

"The progress is what keeps me engaged," she explained. "Keeping up with challenges and a yoga community in instagram holds me accountable and pushes me to keep trying everyday. There's never any failure, only success in a journey with yoga."

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And it helps keep her focused on the fight ahead.

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"Aplastic anemia is not me, but my enemy," Briana told BuzzFeed Life. "I want people to be aware of this rare monster and how it has the capabilities of turning someone's life completely upside down. It doesn't have to be a negative turn around, though. I am grateful for my enemy, as he reminds me just how strong I really am."

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