God’s little miracle, Emily, turned three this past Wednesday, on May 1st – and this time, she didn’t spend her birthday in the hospital! She spent most of the day at a Children’s Miracle Network function, charming executives and managers from Costco while Chrissie spoke. Chrissie said that Emily spent the whole time while she was talking, twirling around Chrissie’s legs and singing! That would be Emily!
Her three-year birthday party was held the Sunday prior to her birthday. She had two sets of grandparents, several aunts and uncles, along with cousins and friends, all there to not only honor her third birthday but to rejoice in the fact that she had made it through a year of chemo and surgeries and multiple hospital stays. Her brand new, wavy hair is getting longer and she is starting to get some of her little girl plumpness back. She plays and goes about life head first – then puts her arms up for someone to pick her up so she can snuggle – then gets down and starts again! How can you not love that fierce, little spirit —
Medically, her ANC count had dropped recently so she was off of chemo two weeks ago, to allow her system to build up again. Since that was the second time her ANC count had dropped, the doctors restarted her at 50% of her normal chemo dose for a week – increasing to a 75% dose this coming week. It’s a continuing balancing act to keep her ANC high enough that her body can fight infection yet low enough that her body won’t fight the chemo. All we can say is praise God for the doctors who have the knowledge to help this little girl walk this tightrope of treatments.
In the meantime, Emily holds court wherever she is. We were at one of her brother’s Little League games this week and Emily, while sitting on a blanket and playing with her new Minnie Mouse doll, was talking and singing at the top of her lungs – as was said in an earlier post, where IS that mute button?! – and pretty soon, she had six other kids all sitting around her, watching her show! She did the same thing at another brother’s Little League game this afternoon.
She’s still little and you can look at her and tell that she doesn’t have the size or steadiness of a non-sick three-year-old but she lives LOUD and she is Fierce – and she captures the heart of everyone who comes to know her. Thank you, Jesus, for another year with this miracle of Emily.