This site is about Emily Isabella Cortez and her fight over Optic Glioma a form of brain cancer. She will be sharing her thoughts, feelings and insights as she goes through this journey. Please check back regularly for updates on her progress.
We also hope to help raise brain cancer awareness. Together, we can ensure better odds for future generations. We pray for Emily's cure.
On this day I was diagnosed with Optic Glioma brain cancer.
I'm accepting donations to help fight brain cancer.
My family and friends are sending my parents messages of hope, love and support...
The first day of chemotherapy was difficult for my parents. We received lots of messages from family and friends with support.
Not a good day. I lost 1.5 pounds. My blood count went down and I needed a blood transfusion. My blood type is O positive. I'm asking family and friends who are O positive to please donate blood. My mommy has setup a blood bank account. Please click on the donations page for more information.
Good day. My blood count went up. No blood transfusion needed today. No weight loss. Height 25.5 inches. I am 5 months and 2 days today. I spent a nice day with my Uncle/Pradino Willie. I have to return on Friday for more blood work. My goal is to gain more weight so I can continue to be strong during chemo treatment.
Weight 11 lbs 10.6 oz, height 26 3/4 in. My hemoglobin blood count dropped to 8.5 and I may need a blood transfusion by Friday :(
I was given a new chemo medication today. The doctors will watch my condition and determine if I need another blood transfusion on Friday.
Comfortable day at chemo. Weight 11 lbs 9.6 oz. Santa came to visit me at the hospital today and gave me a gift. Check out my new photos. All blood test results are great. My hemoglobin is at 11.1 and my blood platelets are 100. Loving my new toy Santa brought me. Christmas in July :)
Good day. Weight 11 lbs 13.2 oz. Height 26 1/2" long. My blood count is good. I will be receiving a new Chemo treatment as of Friday for a period of 5 days. Next Wednesday 7/24 I will receive my first MRI. My grandpa arrived from Florida to spend time with me. Check out my new photos. God bless.
Great day! Today I received my MRI results. When I was diagnosed in May the tumor was 2.8 by 1.9 in size. The MRI results show that the tumor is now 2.2 by 1.4 above my eyes. The tumor has shrunk in a matter of 2 months. Part of the tumor broke into two pieces. It's like a miracle! My doctors say this is a big deal. The chemo treatments are working helping me recover. The doctors say my vision will also improve. Mom and Dad are extremely happy with joy. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
Today I was baptized by my aunt Lisa and Uncle Willie. What a blessed day. We had a wonderful family gathering at home to celebrate my baptism. Check out the new pictures. God bless.
Hi everyone. Today was my first day back at the Hospital for chemo treatments. My blood count is good. I gained almost 1.3 lbs and grew 1 centimeter. My current weight is 12 lb 11 oz. We are 11 weeks into chemo. 61 more weeks to go. I will start physical therapy soon to build strength on my neck. Check out my new photos. God bless.
Hi everyone. Week 12 Chemo treatment completed. Not a good day. My hemoglobin blood count dropped to 7.2. My doctor said I may need a blood transfusion by Thursday :( My current weight is 12 lb 11 oz. Please check back on Thursday for an update on my condition. I posted a new photo today. God bless.
Unfortunately today is not a good day. My hemoglobin blood count dropped to 6.6. Week 13 chemo treatment completed however I will need a blood transfusion. My doctors are preparing me for the transfusion using blood donated by a family or friend. Thank you to all of the blood donors. My weight is 12 lb 15 oz. Please visit my website later for an update. God bless.
Week 14 chemo treatment completed. Blood test results are good. My hemoglobin is 9. Weight 12 lbs 14 oz. I start a 2 week break from Chemo treatments to allow me to gain weight. Please visit my Events page for an update on the Walk for Cancer-Care on September 29th. Check out my new Photos. Thank you for your support.
Great news! My doctor received my MRI results today. My brain tumor has shrunk by 50% in most areas and 25% in other areas. It's truly a miracle! My parents are so happy. We will have more information during my chemo treatment next week.
My doctor compared last week's MRI images from the images taken on the day I was diagnosed. My brain tumor has shrunk tremendously. The Dr. believes that with continued chemo treatments the tumor may dissolve without the need for surgery. It's truly a miracle! My health is improving and I am gaining weight. Week 22 Chemo treatment completed. Weight 14 lbs 10 oz. Length 28 in. Thank you for your prayers and support. Love Emily.
Week 23 chemo treatment completed today. Blood test results are great. My white blood cells are up. I gained another pound and weigh 15 lbs. My doctor recommended I eat more solid foods. I am scheduled for another eye exam soon.
Hi everyone I completed my chemo treatment today. My hemoglobin blood test results are good at 9.5. Weight 15 lbs. I am eating more baby food and my nutrition has increased. My doctor says all conditions are good. Thank you for your continued support. God bless.
Not feeling so good today after chemo. My hemoglobin blood count dropped to 8.5. Weight 15.1 lbs. My doctors say that I may need a blood transfusion this week. Looking for blood donors who are O positive. Please visit my donation page for details on how to donate blood. Thank you.
Hi everyone. I needed a blood transfusion today. I am feeling really tired and weak. I also completed my chemo treatment. Weight 15.5 lbs. I will get a break from chemo for the next two weeks. I also have my 3rd MRI scheduled for the second week of December. I have an eye exam on Thursday to determine if the tumor has effected my vision. God bless.
I had a wonderful first Thanksgiving with my family. Check out my photos.
I went to my first Holiday Party today. I had a great time with friends. Hope, courage, love. God bless us! Check out my photos. This week I start my 5 day at home Chemo treatments.