At six-years-old, a child is typically focused on the basics such as friends, toys, and birthday parties. The last thing that would likely ever enter their mind is cancer. Unfortunately, on November 23, 2019, at the age of six, Emersyn of Bismarck was told she did in fact have cancer. Speciﬁcally, Emersyn was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).
The treatment plan consists of approximately three years of different cycles involving chemotherapy and a whole list of other medications. Emersyn has now gone through about three months of treatment. The ﬁrst intensive phase went as her doctors hoped and Emersyn was put into remission, meaning that at that point, her bone marrow was testing negative for leukemia cells. This also meant that she would avoid a change to a more intensive path of treatment. Each child responds differently to treatment, and it's not only the medication that creates challenges. For Emersyn, accessing and de-accessing her port is a source of extreme anxiety. This is understandable for anyone, let alone a child.
During her ﬁrst cycle of treatment, Emersyn missed school and seeing all of her friends, so once her marker numbers were high enough, doctors cleared her to return to school. Unfortunately, as long as Emersyn is in active treatment, she is considered immunocompromised, meaning that her immune system is weakened. This resulted in Emersyn being admitted to the hospital with a case of RSV. She is currently back at school and doing better at this time.
While Emersyn continues her treatment for the next 2 1/2 years, her free time is spent doing things she enjoys. She loves painting, crafts and baking. Emersyn adores her kitties, Luna and Ronald, and she loves to take care of them with kisses and snuggles.