It is hard to believe that almost 3 years ago we were preparing for Emmy's brain surgery. On April 6, 2016, Emmy went to Children's ER, as she was experiencing some pretty bad headaches. Emmy was 4 1/2. After convincing the ER doc, a CT scan was completed and the results we heard were hard to believe: Emmy had a mass in her brain. The mass was pressing on her 3rd/4th ventricles, which caused a massive build up of fluid (causing the headaches). We transferred to Gillette Children's Hospital were Dr. Graupman (our hero!) inserted a brain drain to release the pressure in Emmy's head. Two days later, Emmy spent 6 hours in brain surgery. The tumor was successfully removed and a few days later we found out the tumor was benign. So many blessings!
Emmy spent 18 days in the hospital, relearning how to walk and talk. She spend the summer of 2016 doing intense PT and Speech Therapy. Today, she is active in hockey, soccer and loves 2nd grade! We are incredibly grateful for the Musella Brain Tumor organization whose work has made it possible for those like Emmy to have a second chance!
Today nearly 700,000 people in the United States are living with a primary brain tumor, and more than 69,000 others will be diagnosed this year. Brain tumors are often deadly, impact quality of life, and change everything for patients and their loved ones.
Please join TEAM EMMY for a fun walk around Lake Phalen!