05/27/2015 - Two years since diagnoses

Two years ago I was diagnosed with Optic Glioma.  I spent a wonderful day with family and friends.  Check out my new photos.

04/16/2015 - Walking for the first time!

Like my page on Facebook to see a video of me walking for the first time!  My physical therapy is really working for me.   I have a surgery scheduled for next week April 29th to remove my portal and feeding tube.  Please pray for me.

03/19/2015 - MRI#9 Results / Great news

My MRI results are in. The tumor above my right eye has shrunk. The balance of the tumor is stable.  The cancer remains under control. We are meeting with the oncologist to discuss the next step. We are also scheduling an appointment to remove my port and feeding tube.  Thank god for this miracle.  Its truly a blessing that I do "not" need additional chemotherapy.  MRI follow up will continue every three months until October.  Thank you for your love and support.

1/23/2015 - Happy Birthday to me!

Celebrating my Second Birthday today! Check out my photos.

10/16/2013 - 2nd MRI results

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. 

7/27/2013 - Baptism

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.

7/24/2013 - First MRI Result

 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.

7/16/2013 - Week 7 Chemo visit

  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.

 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 :)

7/9/2013 - Week 6 Chemo visit

The first day of chemotherapy was difficult for my parents.   We received lots of messages from family and friends with support.

6/4/2013 - First Chemo visit

5/27/2013 - Support from Family and Friends

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On this day I was diagnosed with Optic Glioma brain cancer.

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5/26/2013 Diagnosis

Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.

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.


Week 21 of chemo treatments completed.  My blood counts are normal.  I am doing well. 

11/26/2015 - Happy Thanksgiving!

01/01/2016- Happy New Year 2016!

The MRI results show that the tumor is stable and does not show any signs of enhancement. Thank god.  The chemo therapy treatments are working and I am in good condition. We thank you for your love and support.  We also want to wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

12/11/2014 - MRI# 8 Completed

MRI#8 completed.  Thank god the results show that my tumor has not grown.  Best Christmas gift ever.  Thank you for your support. Please visit our photos page.

09/09/2014 - Last day of Chemo at the clinic

4/17/2014 - WABC-TV News Story

1/23/2014 - Happy Birthday to me!

Week 8 of chemo treatments completed. My hemoglobin blood counts are normal at 10.5 and my weight is 24 Lbs. I am feeling so much better.  My doctor suggested I hold off on the surgery for the feeding tube for now.  I will be on a two week break from chemo.  We received a wonderful Music CD created by Katie Jane Goudie with original Songs of love made especially for me. Thank you Katie we love the music CD. Check out my new photos with pictures of the Songs of Love music CD.

Check out new photos of me standing and playing the piano. My physical therapy is really paying off. Thank you for your support.

Today my mom and I appeared on WABC-TV Eyewitness News at 6pm. This is a great story about a meals program for children undergoing cancer treatments.  This program helps feed our family especially when we spend long days at the hospital.  Thank you Dr. Sapna Parikh, Tomorrows Children Fund, and Stacy Antine HealthBarn Foundation. Check out the video.  http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/video?id=9507649    

Celebrating my third Birthday in the snow after the Blizzard of 2016. Check out my new photos.  Thank you for your continued support.

12/31/2015 - MRI#12 results

12/22/2015 - Week 16- Round 2 Chemo / NY Giant visit

09/29/2015 - Week 8 - Round 2 Chemo / Songs of Love

Good news.  The results from the MRI taken on Monday show no cancer on my spine.  The doctors will continue to analyze my condition to determine the next course of action.  Please continue to pray for me.

01/11/2015 - Standing for the first time!

Celebrating my First Birthday today! Check out my photos.

       Emily's Cure

Week 16 of chemo treatments completed.  My blood counts are normal and I gained weight, up to 27 lbs.  I am doing well.  I have an MRI scheduled for next week Dec 29th. I will be on a two week break from Chemo treatments.  We were extremely excited to meet Eli Manning and Josh Brown of the NY Giants. They visited the hospital today and provided generous gifts to all of the children. Check out my new photos with Eli and Josh.

I completed my final chemo treatment at the clinic.  My hemoglobin blood count was good. My weight is 21 lbs.  My doctors will monitor my condition after each MRI. Next MRI is on Oct 29th. I have one last 5 day at home treatment at the end of the month. Check out my new photos with the nurses and staff at the clinic.  Please remember to register for the event.

01/19/2016 - Week 21- Round 2 Chemo

01/23/2016 - Happy 3rd Birthday to me!

06/22/2015 - MRI#11 results