Emily did it again! In for her second round of high-dose Methotrexate, Emily cleared the toxic drug from her system in record time!
The Methotrexate is staying true to its long list of side-effects – causing painful mouth sores and burns on Emily’s bum – but thankfully it has not yet weakened her body to the point it cannot flush the drug out of her system as quickly as needed. Emily was released from the hospital at lunchtime Friday, just in time to join Momma at the rest of her Classical Conversations Conference.
The Conference brought some new logistical challenges to this hospital stay as Christina needed to be away from the hospital from 8am to 5pm both Thursday and Friday. With the help of family, the Child Life Team at the hospital, some fun toys, and Lassie, Emily did fairly well in her mother’s absence. It takes so much to replace one Mommy!
Meanwhile, Auntie Jennifer has been preparing for a demonstration of her own resilience. Jennifer signed up to run the Nike Half-marathon on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and in honor of Emily. For several months, she has been training daily as well as raising funds for research into a cure for the disease Emily is bravely fighting everyday.
We will share more about the marathon soon, as well as other friends who are also running in Emily’s honor, and some other fundraising being done by family to help fund a cure for cancer. In the meantime, though, we have a great opportunity to raise awareness of Emily’s brave fight to the L&LS and racing communities.
If we raise just $500 in Emily’s name within the next few days, “Emily Anne Love” will be printed on the racing jerseys of the Central Valley chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society throughout the fall racing season! That means every L&LS runner would bear the name of Stitch as they cross the finish line and help raise awareness and funds for critical research needed to get our Emily healthy again.
If you can help, every dollar will help get us to our goal, check out Jennifer’s fundraising page and click DONATE NOW on the right. Make sure to write FOR EMILY LOVE in the designated comment area to ensure your donation goes toward making Emily an Honoree Sponsor.
Thank you for your prayers and support this past week. We are thrilled Emily is continuing to handle the Methotrexate so well. Just two more doses to go!