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Emily Wirtjes—Medical Donations #emizonwarrior
$4,920 raised
72 contributors
49 Weeks running

A trip to the ER for heart related symptoms on Nov 7th escalated quickly to a week of doctors’ appointments & tests. A week later, Emily was officially diagnosed with Stage IV Splenic Marginal Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. It is a slow growing cancer of the spleen & lymphocytes that is not curable but symptoms are treatable. In December, Emily was treated with immunotherapy (Rituxan) to kill the cancer cells. Emily can already tell the difference as her spleen that was once taking up her entire left side of her abdomen is barely palpable. On Jan 30th, Emily will have a PET scan to see how much cancer is left in her body. At that point the choice will be made to take further action, or watch & wait until it flares up again. Or as Emily says “Watch and LIVE” Emily has approached life with cancer with nothing but positivity, strength, and grace while being an inspiration to us all. She is rarely one to ever ask for help and this is our time to give back to her.

 

“A true warrior fights not because she hates what is in front of her but because she loves and knows she has the support of those behind her”

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I’ll be honest this makes me super uncomfortable having this account set up . If you know me, you likely know I never ask for help. Never. But I also have realized over the last 2 months that I need to let people help. I need to let people support me. Sometimes it’s more for them than it is for me. I have learned getting help is okay. It does often make things easier. And I have learned that I cannot do it all by myself. Even though you know damn well I’ll try

Words cannot express how thankful I am for the overwhelming support you all have given me throughout this journey. Its very humbling to me that I have so many people in my corner ❤️

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