…119 Days Until Race Day
Today’s post is a little later than usual and I apologize. Then next 2 days will be later than normal posts.
Emma was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) when she was 16-years old.
Now 21-years old, Emma had to battle for 2.5 years through chemotherapy. She finished her treatment on May 3, 2014 and has been cancer free since.
Emma‘s diagnosis “diagnosis inspired me to study nursing in college in hopes of being a pediatric oncology nurse someday.” To help with her college costs, Emma was the first scholarship recipient for Snowdrop Foundation WI chapter.
Here’s another quote from Emma: “My cancer diagnosis changed my life by making me realize how strong I could be in challenging situations”.
Well, Emma is faced with a challenging situation…AGAIN.
“Over Thanksgiving break I came to Children’s for my regular oncology clinic check-up and blood work expecting everything to look fine. Everything looked good, but my labs showed a drop in platelets, which was slightly concerning. After coming home from finals, we re-checked labs and found my platelets were half of what they were just weeks before. The leukemia team wanted to bring me in this past Tuesday for a bone marrow biopsy to confirm what we suspected. We got the call Tuesday afternoon saying that my leukemia had relapsed; just weeks away from marking 5 years since my original diagnosis on January 17th 2012. I have a treatment plan in place for the next month and how I respond to this first month of treatment determines how the rest of treatment goes but it looks like it will be another 2 years of mostly outpatient chemo.
This time around is scarier knowing what’s ahead, but also so much easier since I already know and love all the nurses & doctors here so much. I appreciate all the love and support we’ve received already and can feel the prayers working. I’ve been feeling great so far and hope that I’ll continue this way for the next few weeks before things get tough”. – Emma
Prior to today, my fastest 40 miles was 7:42, run 2 years ago at 24 The Hard Way. Today, I set a new personal record (PR) by 26 MINUTES.
Thanks for giving me a rockin’ day, kid.
Who will you meet tomorrow?