On February 1, 2013 my sister and best friend, Emily turned 35 years old. Emily is an amazing woman and one of the strongest, kindest, most thoughtful and caring people I know. She is always the first person to offer to help anyone in need. Emily is also incredibly strong and courageous. She has more victories by the age of 35 than most people have in a lifetime. When Emily was growing up, she had Epilepsy. By the time she was in college, she was on the highest dosage of medicine possible and she still was having seizers. By the age of 21 Emily had a grand mal seizure while driving a car. She crashed into a tree, head on. Emily almost lost her life that day. She was rushed to the hospital and then moved to another hospital for an emergency operation. She survived. After the operation, she was hospitalized for days and and now has a metal plate in her ankle. She says it tingles every time it rains. The car was completely totaled. It was so crushed that people could not believe that the person driving it survived. After the accident, Emily made a very difficult decision to undergo a risky brain surgery to try and remove a small piece in her brain that was causing the epilepsy and seizures. Since she was already on the highest dosage of medicine and still having life threatening seizers, she decided that it was worth the risk to be able to live a normal life again. Emily had the brain surgery. She survived. During the brain surgery, they removed a small piece of tissue in her left temporal lobe that affected her memory. Emily decided that she would re-train her brain to remember again and to remember everything going forward. She decided to fulfill her dream and follow her passion to become a massage therapist. She had to study twice as hard as the other students since her brain was still in recovery from the surgery. But, it did not stop her. She went on to become an amazing massage therapist and helps heal people every day with her talent and gift. Last month, Emily was diagnosed with uterine cancer. Also known as, Endometrial cancer, this is the most common gynecologic cancer in the United States, with over 35,000 women diagnosed each year. The beginning stage of treatment is a total abdominal hysterectomy. Emily is remaining positive and strong as always. We love her very much. Family and friends are surrounding her with love and support. The most important thing that I would like to ask is for your positive words, thoughts and prayers. Her surgery is scheduled for February 15, 2013. Our sister Rachel and I are running a half marathon in Emily's honor on February 10, 2013. Please donate what you can to help Emily in her fight against uterine cancer. We Run for Em!
Thank you for your support!
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