#EMpowered to Beat Lymphoma

$4,325 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 94 people in 19 months
Erica Mirra
on behalf of Emily Andre
 RICHMOND, VA
Emily is a 23 year old living in Richmond, VA and originally from Franklin, VA. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015 and has been working at a Juvenile Correctional Center as a Rehabilitation counselor.

Emily scheduled a regular doctor appointment for Monday, March 1st. She had some chest pain and cold symptoms. That morning, she noticed a lymph node in her neck was swollen and asked her doctor to check it out. They did some scans on Friday, March 3rd to ease her mind and told her that they would be in touch around Wednesday, saying that no news was good news. But on Monday she received a phone call from an oncologist. The scans revealed a 15cm mass in her chest resembling lymphoma.

That week, and the weeks since, have consisted of constant tests and trips to the hospital. On March 15th she received the official news from her biopsy that she had Nodular Sclerosis Hodgkin's Lymphoma. On March 22nd it was determined to be Stage 4 since it has spread to her liver. 

The recommended treatment is chemo for 6 months, followed by radiation. 

To date, Emily has undergone a biopsy surgery, a port placement surgery, had a stent placed because her airway was only open 1mm due to the tumor pushing on it and has had her first chemo treatment.

Please keep Emily in your thoughts and prayers. If you are able to make a donation, or would just like to leave a kind message, either would be appreciated. 

Thank you.

If you're interested in ordering an #EMPowered t-shirt to show your support for Emily, please email bizebek@hotmail.com

Shirts are available in a variety of sizes and styles, cost $12 each with an optional $5 donation for Emily totaling $17.

For more frequent updates, request to join Emily's support group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/385635391809256/
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Emily's PET scan from the end of May came back clear and she was able to get her stent removed after that. Since having the stent removed, her cough has subsided a lot. She does still have a slight cough at times so it is possible that the Bleomycin (one of the chemo drugs) already had some effect on her lungs. Since the PET scan had a positive result they were able to stop the Bleomycin as part of her chemo. Since the drugs are so strong and can remain in your body for a while even after they stop they will have to wait to determine if the Bleomycin has affected her lungs long term or if it will go away once the drug is completely out of her body. She recently had an echocardiogram and should get the results of that back today. She is still unable to go back to work due to her counts continuing to get extremely low in between chemo treatments.
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Emily told me that they are wanting to do the first chemo treatment tonight while she's still at CTCA in Philadelphia. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers ❤
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Emily's stent has been successfully placed. Instead of doing the bone marrow biopsy, they want to start chemo today since the treatment will be the same either way.
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We've reached our first $1000! Thank you, everyone!
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Stephanie Crabtree
19 months ago
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Alpha love from North Carolina! You're in my thoughts and prayers.

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Priscilla Griffith
19 months ago
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My son had Hodgkins when he was 20 and a college student. He beat it and has been xancer free for 18 years. I hope and pray you will do as well as he has done.

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Robin Pinner
19 months ago

Praying for you Emily. God bless you!

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Beth Cutright Turner
19 months ago

Sending prayers to Emily & family!

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Sara Laiti
19 months ago

I'm praying for you!! You'll get through this!!

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Esther Ipson-Minter
19 months ago

My prayers are with you. We just found out that our Granddaughter has Lymphoma also and we are waiting on her final test. I wish you luck I will be praying for you also

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$4,325 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 94 people in 19 months
Created March 28, 2017
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KAREN BOND
8 months ago

My mom is fighting this as well - GOD BLESS!!

CJ
$25
Candy Johnson
18 months ago

Praying for you Emily. Stay strong you can beat this.

SS
$10
Seth Stallard
18 months ago

Emily, I'm so sorry to hear about what you're going through. You are in many thoughts and prayers. Stay strong.

EK
$250
Emily Krause
18 months ago

You are a strong brace beautiful woman. We are cheering you on!

Stephanie Crabtree
19 months ago
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Alpha love from North Carolina! You're in my thoughts and prayers.

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Priscilla Griffith
19 months ago
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My son had Hodgkins when he was 20 and a college student. He beat it and has been xancer free for 18 years. I hope and pray you will do as well as he has done.

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Robin Pinner
19 months ago

Praying for you Emily. God bless you!

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Beth Cutright Turner
19 months ago

Sending prayers to Emily & family!

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Sara Laiti
19 months ago

I'm praying for you!! You'll get through this!!

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Esther Ipson-Minter
19 months ago

My prayers are with you. We just found out that our Granddaughter has Lymphoma also and we are waiting on her final test. I wish you luck I will be praying for you also

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