Emma Smith Brain Cancer

Update posted by Emma Smith On Jun 21, 2016

We are very sad to announce that Emma passed in the early hours of 21 June 2016.

It had been a long battle which Emma fought with dignity and great courage, but at the end she was tired and passed peacefully and painlessly at home. We feel she is making her way to her big white room, and will be dancing once again.

Thank you to all of our supporters and backers. Without your help it would not have been possible to keep this family together all the time Emma was ill, something that was very important to us.

Look after your loved ones!

Darrell, Diane, and Charlie

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Update posted by Emma Smith On May 02, 2016

On Tuesday 26th April we went into the hospital for Emma to have blood work and get the results from her last MRI, and we are afraid that it was not good news at all. The MRI has confirmed our worst fears that the symptoms Emma has been showing since our return from England in December are as a result of the disease spreading in her brain.

As you can imagine this has devastated all of us, especially Emma. She is having to adjust to the fact that there is not a long term future for her. Her first words on hearing the news were "I will never get to be a teacher", which is what she has wanted to be for such a long time.

The doctors cannot tell us how long Emma has left with us. We will be trying to put together a living list of things that Emma wants to accomplish, and try to do as many of them as we can, time and finances willing.

We are saddened to say that we need financial support more than ever now. Emma has not started on her living list (bucket list if you wish) as yet, but we will probably need finances to accomplish some of them. With your help, we hope to achieve as many on Emma's list as we can!

Thank you all for your support, without it we could not have made it this far and we appreciate it so very much!

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Update posted by Emma Smith On Feb 07, 2016

Emma had an MRI scan towards the end of January. We were given the preliminary results of the scan the following week while in the Pediatric Oncology unit at Victoria General, subject to a review by the team at Children's Hospital in Vancouver.

We are sad to say that the MRI showed up a mixed bag of news. There is no increase in tumours visible in Emma's brain, and may be even a slight reduction in the upper part of her spine, something we did not expect to hear. However, this encouraging news was negated by the information that there is an increased presence of tumour at the very base of her spine. This news is obviously very discouraging.

Prior to the MRI, Emma's bloodwork showed that her platelets had once again dropped below the minimum required to continue her current chemotherapy cycle (it was immediately stopped). Emma’s current chemo regime has been reduced in concentration and volume the last three cycles, and the last cycle was curtailed only 12 days into the 21 day cycle. Her team were of the view that we should be considering a different chemo regime, a view that has been brought to sharp focus with the news of the MRI results.

Emma was informed of the change in her situation on Monday. She was obviously very upset at the news, and did not go to school on Tuesday to give her more time to process her thoughts. She is a trooper, but this news is hitting her hard.

We have a small number of options available to us, and we will be discussing them with Emma over the coming days and weeks. This may also have an impact on her mental and emotional state, so please be warned!

Thank you for your time and continued support.

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