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Frankfort mother seeks answers while fighting unknown illness

A Frankfort mother is desperate for answers after struggling with an illness for more than a decade. Her declining health has doctors scratching their heads, but she's not ready to give up.

Posted: May 20, 2019 4:23 AM
Updated: May 20, 2019 6:52 AM

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) — Brittanie Mosson was an active, healthy child.

"I would go run, play, stay out until street lights came on," Mosson explained. "I was just basically a normal kid."

That all changed when Mosson was 15 years old. She was getting ready for a color guard performance and started having problems catching her breath.

"They took me to the hospital and diagnosed me with asthma," she said.

Despite treatments for asthma, Mosson's health continued to decline over the next 17 years. Now, the 32-year-old's lungs are only functioning at 18 percent.

"I can't walk very far without getting short of breath," Mosson explained. "I'm on oxygen constantly."

After dozens of hospitalizations, including a stay at the Mayo Clinic, doctors still can't figure out what's wrong.

"They just know that whatever it is, it's making my lung function drop as I get older," Mosson said.

Simple things like house work and showering have become nearly impossible to do by herself, but most importantly, she said it's affecting her ability to be a mother to her 11-year-old son, Jaice.

"I'm to the point where I feel like I'm not being a good enough mom to him," she said.

Mosson's aunt, Shannon Tyler, said it's hard to watch her niece struggle.

"So heartbroken, and my worst fear is her just her not being around," Tyler explained.

Mosson's family has created a Facebook page, hoping that someone somewhere can help.

"Just give us an answer because it's the not knowing that's killing us," Tyler added.

Until that happens, Mosson said it's her family that keeps her fighting.

"No one should have to fight this hard, but it kind of gives you an appreciation for what you have," Mosson said.

Right now, Mosson is waiting on the results of some extensive genetic testing. This could rule out any possible neurological problem.

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