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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I completed my first Chemo treatment for 2014. My weight is now 16 lbs and my height is 29 inches. My blood test results were good with my hemoglobin at 11.4. I have a little cold from the inclement weather and will be resting at home. Check out my new photos. God bless. Thank you.
Week 33 Chemo treatment completed. I'm feeling well today. My weight is still16 lbs and my height is 29 inches. My hemoglobin dropped to 10.1. My family is visiting from Florida. I am looking forward to my first birthday next week on January 23rd. God bless. Thank you.
Celebrating my First Birthday today! Check out my photos.
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.
During a health check today my Doctor said I will need to see an Endocrinologist. He believes my hormones are off which may cause growth or thyroid problems. They plan to schedule additional testing soon. My hemoglobin is good at 10.5. I am scheduled for my third MRI this Monday, hoping for great results. Pray for me. God bless.
Great news! My doctor received my MRI results today and was amazed. The doctor said my brain tumor has shrunk by 50% since the last MRI in October. It's truly a miracle! My parents are so excited. We will have more information regarding the MRI results next week. I also gained another pound at 17 Lbs. I start a 5 day at home chemo treatment this week. Then a break from chemo for a whole month. Thank you for your prayers and support.