Justin is my cousin and Emily his girlfriend...their young world has been rocked, I was told to tell their story on this site in hopes that people would help them out...here is their story
Justin 22 and Emily 20yrs old were pretty excited when they learned they were expecting! Not too long into her pregnancy Emily was having back issues, she went to the Chiropractor and doctor. Doctors thought she had a slipped disc but no x-rays were done as she was pregnant. She then had been going to Chiro, massage and a bit of acupuncture. They all could only do so much to relieve the pain without bringing on the baby. She was becoming more unable to move and get around and her blood pressure was sky high, she was not able to sleep and was in so much pain. June 29th 2014 Emily had an ultrasound as she had a really rough night while in the hospital from the weekend prior as the doctors were monitoring her and trying to get the blood pressure under control. Baby was not getting any nutrients so they took him by C-section. Introducing tiny Sullivan Justin Knull. He was born at 25wks gestation he was 1 lb 7.5 oz …thus the long road for his survival outside his moms womb has begun.
Things should have gotten better for Emily once she delivered Sullivan but her one leg was very abnormally swollen. She was told she was to have an MRI before being released from the hospital. She did not get the MRI before being discharged, went home with a walker and a leg that did not function. Finally on August 18 the MRI was done and this showed a tumor, a biopsy done on August 21 and results came to Justin and Emily on August 27… it is Cancerous. The tumor at that time was the size of 3 soft balls. The Cancer specialist appointment consultation on September 5th 2014 resulted in being told they could not remove the tumor it is Osteosarcoma Cancer . A second MRI was done to ensure there was no other cancer but it was found that there was similar on her lungs. The decision to start Chemo September 9, 10 and 11 hit it hard to see if they could stop more cells from forming. They have to wait 15-18 days to check to see if Emily's blood cells are still good so that appointment is September 26 2014 if good they do another 3 days of chemo.
Justin took a leave from work back in August to focus on his new family. His main priorities are his tiny infant son who will have months in the NICU and Emily who is in the fight for her life. With taking Chemo now Emily has had to stop sending her milk in for Sullivan and they have had to now start getting Breast milk from the Calgary Mothers Milk bank. Justin has travelled to Calgary and back to get donor breast milk for Sullivan. This milk is like gold to the premature baby. The milk is tested and pasteurized and frozen so it is safe for him, it costs Justin and Emily $4.00 per 1 oz. As he grows he will start needing more.
If you are a nursing mother and feel you are able to help the Calgary Mothers Milk bank supply please go to their website
www.calgarymothersmilkbank.ca for more information.
The medical expenses, alternative treatments as well as monthly bills, etc are going to pile up for my young cousin.
It is my HOPE that I can help raise any amount of money for their family.
A monetary donation would be so greatly appreciated. I know this time of the year has everyone on tight budgets but I do ask you to look into your heart and help out even in the smallest of way if you can.
Justin is the youngest son of Angie (nee Blaeser) and Kelly Knull of Leduc, AB, grandson of Dianne and Ray Blaeser of Strome AB, great grandson of Blanche Gair of Killam and nephew to Darren and Joleen Blaeser of Killam AB.
Emily is the oldest daughter of Lorraine Wrubleski (Dave Poirier) and Doug Atchison all of Leduc AB.
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