On Friday, December 20, 2019. Jess (Emma's mom) brought Emma in because she was looking Jaundice and had a fever all week. When they went into Children's St. Paul the doctors drew blood and they noticed her WBC (White Bloodcell Count) was at 35,000 they were supposed to be at 10,000. After some more tests, Emma was diagnosed with Leukemia. She immediately transferred to Children's Minneapolis Oncology floor. Things started moving very quickly then. Saturday morning Emma was put under to have a spinal tap, bone marrow biopsy, get a dose of chemo put into her back and had a port put into her chest. These tests were given to identify exactly what type of Leukemia she has. When the results were in Emma was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. (ALL) Type B. This was good news because there are two types of ALL- Type B and Type T. Type B is much easier to treat and it has a lower risk of returning later. Emma was given a day to rest as Jess, Buck and Emma were processing the new information and getting their "Spread sheet" action plan. Today Emma had her first round of chemo therapy. We don't know how she will react, but nurse Sarah has assured us they will do everything they can to make sure she doesn't get too nauseous and stays as comfortable as possible.
Right now, there are many unknowns, as there always is in this process. Jess and Buck will use this site to send updates, more information and progress as they go through this journey.
They have asked me to let you know they really appreciate the prayers, kindness and offers for help that have already come in and will continue to come as people become informed.
Emma is a fighter, she is strong and wonderful and will beat this leukemia!!
If you would like to learn more about the type of Leukemia Emma has feel free to follow this link, or of course use Google like everyone does! https://www.cancer.org/cancer/acute-lymphocytic-leukemia/about/what-is-all.html