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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.

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5/26/2013 Diagnosis

       Emily's Cure

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

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My family and friends are sending my parents messages of hope, love and support...

5/27/2013 - Support from Family and Friends

6/4/2013 - First Chemo visit

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

6/11/2013- Second Chemo visit

6/18/2013- Third Chemo visit

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.

6/25/2013- Fourth Chemo visit

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.

7/2/2013 - Fifth Chemo visit

7/9/2013 - Week 6 Chemo visit

 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.

7/16/2013 - Week 7 Chemo visit

 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.

7/24/2013 - First MRI Result

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.

7/27/2013 - Baptism

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. 

10/16/2013 - 2nd MRI results

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.

10/22/2013 - Week 22 Chemo Visit / More great news

11/28/2013 - First Thanksgiving

I had a wonderful first Thanksgiving with my family.  Check out my photos.

My first Christmas was wonderful.  I received so many gifts from Santa, family and friends.  Thank you everyone for all of the love and support this year.  We would also like to thank Tomorrow's Children Foundation and the anonymous donors for the many gifts given to me and my family.   We are truly grateful and appreciative. May God bless you all!   Check out my Christmas photos.

12/25/2013 - First Christmas

Happy New Year everyone.  We want to wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year in 2014. I had a wonderful first New Years eve celebration with my family.  Check out my photos.

1/1/2014 - Happy New Year!

Celebrating my First Birthday today! Check out my photos.

1/23/2014 - Happy Birthday to me!

2/4/2014 - Week 34 Chemo Visit

Today I completed week 34 Chemo treatment. My weight is still at 16 Lbs. My doctors explained that I may need additional occupational therapy along with physical and vision therapy.  The occupational therapy will help provide upper body strength. My blood tests are normal. I have a two week break from Chemo treatments in preparation for my 3rd MRI which is scheduled for February 24th. Thank you for your continued support. God Bless.

3/14/2014 -  MRI images

Exciting news everyone.  The MRI images received today show that my tumor has greatly reduced. My doctor believes that surgery may not be needed.   The chemotherapy treatments continue to dissolve the tumor.  My doctor said "with continued treatments there won't be a tumor left to remove".  Thank god because he is truly performing a miracle. I will need full term chemo treatments until January 2015 to make sure the cancerous cells are gone. I am also making great progress with my physical therapy. Check out my photos of me standing. Thank you for your prayers and support.

3/25/2014 - Week 41 Chemo Visit

I completed week 41 Chemo treatment today. I spent a wonderful day with my god parents and grandma at the medical center. My Dr showed them the MRI images received last week. They were completely amazed at the wonderful results.  My mom also met a family who's child was recently diagnosed with a similar condition.  She gave them some comforting advise with love and prayers. My blood tests results are normal.  I gained a little weight at 17 lbs 8 oz.  Length 30 3/4 inches long.   Thank you for your continued support. God Bless.

Hi everyone.  Please visit my events page for details on upcoming events.   We hope to see you there.  Thank you.

4/5/2014 - Upcoming events

Week 43 chemo treatment completed today.  My hemoglobin blood count dropped to 8.  I may need a blood transfusion. I am scheduled for another blood test Friday. I started Occupational Therapy last week.  It's been difficult due to sensory issues.  With continued therapy I hope to overcome this issue. Check out my new photos.  God bless. Thank you.      

4/8/2014 - Week 43 Chemo Visit

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    

4/17/2014 - WABC-TV News Story

Not feeling well today. I completed my chemo treatment.  My hemoglobin blood count dropped to 7.  I had had to under go a blood transfusion. I will be on a chemo break for the until May 6th.    God bless. Thank you.      

4/15/2014 - Week 44 Chemo Visit

I had a wonderful time with my family this Easter Sunday.  Check out my new photos.

4/20/2014 - Easter