Emily’s Journey started when she was diagnosed in May of 2013 with Leukemia, but her story has taken a detour during her battle with cancer.
In February 2017, Emily received yet another diagnosis to overcome. The Leukemia spread throughout the central nervous system via her cerebral spinal fluid. Emily started chemotherapy to beat this awful disease, so the journey continues.
Emily's story of her battle with cancer, and the obstacles that she has overcome despite this awful disease, is an inspiration to everyone. During her 1st battle with cancer she obtained her GED to help her pave the road for her bright future. In December of 2015 Emily was accepted to a prestigious and very difficult nursing program at Harper College. She instantly rose to the challenge and became a very successful student. Until her recent diagnosis she managed the many demands of being a nursing student all the while getting monthly chemotherapy treatments, spinal taps, rigorous medication compliance, and doctors’ visits. She still has a very bright future, and because of her experiences it will make her an exceptional nurse someday.
Emily has a small window of time to preserve a part of her future. Emily desperately wants to be a mother
some day in the future
. Unfortunately, because of the chemotherapy treatment, her chances of fulfilling this dream will be a challenge. She has been given the opportunity to preserve some of her eggs to use in the future when she beats cancer again.
Unfortunately, insurance will not help with this added expense and the fulfillment of this dream. So, we need your assistance in helping Emily reach her dream of mother-hood. Most of the money given via GoFundMe page will go to aid in the process of helping Emily preserve her eggs for later use to become a mother, as well as other medical expenses that her insurance is not covering and bills she can no longer pay because she’s out of work.
Let’s help Emily reach her dreams and give her the support she needs to beat Cancer again and alll the hardships that come with it and come out even stronger than she already is. Your help is very much appreciated, and there are not enough words to thank each and every donation that is made for this very special woman.
Because she wasn't responding to Chemotherapy, Emily had an option to participate in a CAR-T trial at the University of Chicago under the care of Dr. Wendy Stock.
She accepted the trial which was very excrutiating and left her in the ICU for weeks.. however, it worked despite how rough it was...i.e. memory loss, tremors, seizures; all caused from the trial which ultimately let her go on to have a Bone Marrow Transplant.
The bone marrow transplant was also a huge struggle but luckily Emily did not have too hard of a problem finding an unrelated donor.
Since Emily and her fiancé are now down to one income the bills are tighter than ever...because recovery from a transplant like this, Emily won’t be able to return to work for at least a year and her and her Fiancé are at risk of losing everything, already gaining a quickly increasing debt.
There’s a reason people say paying for cancer and your lifestyle (rent, bills,cellphones) is more stressful than the actual cancer itself. Emily has never cared about how much money she has but right now without it she's at risk of losing a lot. Her parents have been huge pillars in her life, but at 27 she has to be able to be independent so they can enjoy their retirement and move on to somewhere beautiful without cold winters like theyve been dreaming about...
Follow this link to hear Emily's story from her, and her journey in pursuing a nursing career to help others that are battling cancer themselves. From Lost to Found Emily's story