Although each years brings us further away from Emmy's brain tumor journey, we can still remember those days in the hospital.....the people that supported us....and the love and care we received. We are so incredibly grateful for modern medicine and the research that was done before us to ensure Emmy could have the results she did!
Emmy is now in 5th grade, she plays hockey and soccer, she loves her friends, her cousins, and most of all, her puppy Herbie.
In April of 2016, Emmy was 4.5 years old when she started waking up in the middle of the night with terrible headaches. After a few days of this, Jenna took her into the ER where they nearly sent her back home without any answers. After some pleading with the ER doc, they finally did a CT scan which showed the mass in her brain. After Emmy's Auntie Kaycee (a nurse at Gillette Children's) was notified, she helped make plans to get Emmy transferred over to Gillettes Children's Hospital. After waiting for 3 hours, an ambulance took Emmy over to Gillette's where she was sedated for an MRI of her brain and neck. Our first piece of good news: the tumor was in tact and had not broken off or traveled down her spine! YAY!
But, because her tumor was pressing on her 4th ventricle in her brain, her spinal fluid was not able to drain appropriately, which lead to a major build up of fluid in her brain: hydrocephalus, therefore explaining the headaches. Emmy was outfitted with a brain drain for 24 hours before surgery could take place.
On Friday, April 8th, 2016, Emmy had a 6 hour surgery to remove her tumor. Our prayers were answered when Dr. Graupman successfully removed her tumor. Our next set of prayers were answered when the tumor was benign! Truly blessed.
Emmy spent 18 days in the hospital recovering. She had to learn how to walk and talk again. For an almost five year old, her determination and strength to walk and talk again was quite impressive. There was not a single complaint for the multiple therapy and doctor appointments she went to that summer and fall.
We can't help but give back. We HAVE to help those that will unfortunately come after us, so they have a chance to have the same result as Emmy did. AND that is why we are so excited to participate in the MN Brain Tumor 5K! Every penny raised from this event will be used for brain tumor research.
Please help by sponsoring Emmy today! If not for the donations and research that came before Emmy, no doubt Emmy would not have the amazing results she did! Please help Emmy make a difference for others! XOXOXO