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Thursday, March 10, 2011

The latest......

Chemo time.........

We arrived up at the Hospital bright and early Monday morning for Emma to be admitted and also to have her bloods done and get her Chemotherapy. 

we waited, and waited and waited and waited.........

They finally called her up and took her to the treatment room where they put the needle into her port o cath ready for her chemo.

We saw the Doctor who explained a little about the chemicals that she was to get, Doxorubicin (can cause serious heart damage - great) and the other one is Dacarbazine. Both of these chemicals list hair loss as one of the most common side effects. 

We went back out into the waiting room to be called for her treatment and admission,  it was taking forever so they told us to come back at one.  We took this opportunity to head down to the playground where Emma got to meet up with some long lost relatives (hehehehe)



Finally at 3pm we were taken through to the chemo area where she was hooked up and pumped full of toxic chemicals - poor baby.  The chemotherapy only took about 45 minutes to be administered but then we had to wait until 6.15pm before they took us up to her ward.  She wasn't a very happy little chickadee by that stage and the vomiting had begun.  She was so ill that she pulled a muscle in her side.  The vomiting lasted for the first and second treatment but by the third they had the right mix of anti nausea meds sorted (thank God)'

We did manage to put a smile on her face at one stage when we gave her a pressie........



Please meet Faith (aka Raspberry Sorbet) Emma has been wanting a Blythe Doll for so long so I couldn't resist getting this for her.  She purchased herself one the other day too so that should arrive next week.

We went up to our ward where we met a little girl (Charlice) and her mummy who were getting their chemo downstairs the same time as us.  The girls didn't take long to strike up a friendship and start playing.  Was a great distraction for them both.  Little Charlice has some groovy wigs and she let Emma try one on.  Not sure if brunette suits her lol (see below)



The photos are not the best as I only had my iPhone.  She looks kinda funny looking with dark hair.... She now wants me to take her to spotlight this weekend to buy a few cheap play wigs.  She said she will wear them around the house when her hair falls out.  We are going to get it cut into a short bob this weekend as well.  She looks so sweet with a bob.

Anyway things are going pretty well for us.  We have a total of five months with this treatment so still have a long way to go.  Emma is being very strong but it as a mummy it is so heartbreaking.

Will keep you updated on her progress.

Oh this weekend if anyone is interested I am teaching a class at Kaisercraft (Robina store)  Lots of inking, painting and distressing, make sure you wear an old shirt or bring an apron....

Signing out

Leanne :-)
xxx

22 comments:

Katharyn Brine said...

She looks great Leanne! Such a little champion, hey? Just wanted to let you know sometimes the $2 shops have ok wigs as well (reject shop, crazy bargains etc). but Spotlight superstores are probably the best :)

lizzyc said...

oh Emma is so strong.. sending my prayers for strength and healing and moments of love which help in the days ahead..xx

Allie Collyer said...

Leanne, I just popped into you blog while surfing around some scrapping blogs that I look at and have been reading about Emma's journey. What an amazingly brave little girl she is, going through so much but still smiling :-)

Sending prayers and positive thoughts your way.

PS: did you end up getting a Page Maps 2 book? I have a spare here that I would love to send you if you haven't alredy bought it.

kathie said...

I just saw your post on FB and wanted to let you know that Emma will be in my thoughts. What a brave little girl. And a brave mama. And she looks fab with that wig :)

Sheree said...

Emma is such a brave girl Leanne! You must be so incredibly proud of her and how she's handling everything. Tell her I think Faith is super cute! :)

Sheree xx

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Such a trooper!! I loveeeeeeeeee the photos!!! And her new doll is FAB! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

jaki said...

Just read Emma's story on Mel's blog and wanted to let you know you are all in my thoughts.
J.xx

Lea said...

Hi Leanne, I think of you and your Emma often. love the pic of your special girl with her new doll and perfect name too:)

Christine said...

Oh Leanne, you are all so brave, my heart goes out to you and your precious family. Emma's new doll is just gorgeous!

Christine said...

Oh Leanne, you are all so brave, my heart goes out to you and your precious family. Emma's new doll is just gorgeous!

Mardi said...

Leanne... I'm so sorry to read that poor Emma needed to step up treatment...she is certainly strong and brave...as are you.
I'm keeping you all in my thoughts.
(Doxorubicin...bright red...argh..I remember that one well...it made me sick as...but like Emma..I found that they are whizz's at getting the anti-emetics sorted)
Hugs...Mardi x

Colleen B. said...

I have just come across your blog and your story. Your daughter is an amazing little girl, I have a ten year old and she would love to pick some stickers for her and make a special card :) Keep a look out in the post! Had a sneak around your blog, gorgeous scrappy stuff - hope you getting some time to create.

Toni Searle said...

Hi Leanne, about a year ago I had my hair cut off for Shave for a cure. It was professionally cut into sections and I still have it. I wanted to give it to a wig maker for kids. But I just didn't do it. At the time I had light brown hair similar to Emma's hair. I think I just found the person for my hair. I'm hoping it doesn't fall out but if it does I'd love for her to have my hair. Toni xx
p.s get involved with Camp Quality, it is great help to families.

Kirsty said...

I stumbled across your blog from Melissa over at One Crafty Mumma, and Emma's story really touched my heart. She's a beautiful and brave little girl to be so strong in such a emotional time.
Sending you prayers and strength in these times to you, Emma and your family.
I also blogged about her today, and will be organising to send a little package to her in the coming week, which I hope she enjoys xx

bkdawson13 said...

I found your blog through another that I read. On that blog she spoke of sending cards with stickers. So be on the lookout for one from SC. Our daughter went through brain surgery, and any time in the hospital in very scary. Hang in there Emma. Fight hard.You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Kelly said...

Oops, used my husband's login. Above post from Kelly.

Corrie said...

oh leanne big hugs. I've come here through mel's blog and my heart breaks for you. I'll keep you all in my prayers.

my mum has been going through cancer for the last 4 years but I can't imagine this happening to one of my children. big hugs.

corrie:)

Anonymous said...

Hi Leanne

I am not sure if you will remember me but I think we have chatted together a few years ago over the Internet through the scrapbooking web site www.scrapboxx.com

I have only just put 2 and 2 together and realised it is your daughter who is sick. I read the blog message the other night on Melissa Goodsell's blog and then remembered you had a daughter named Emma and your surname is Love.

I am so sorry that your all going through this situation. I have shared Emma's story with my 10 year old daughter Amanda and together we have made some get well cards and pictures and will post them off tomorrow to Emma. Amanda is also going to encourage her school friends to do the same.

I am so impressed at Emma's bravery and coping skills. She looks cute in the wig and she seems to be accepting that it might be necessary for her to use wigs at some stage.

My father in law had a brain tumour removed through surgery in December 2010 and he also went out and bought some wigs to wear in front of his grandchildren to help them adjust to him no longer having his hair.

I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers and stay up to date by reading your blog too. Wishing you all the best for the coming day and weeks. I wish there was more I could do to show my support.

Lots of love from Susan McGuire (aka smiles1965 from Scrapboxx) xxxoo

Leanne said...

Oh Leanne! {{{hugs}}} ..You are both so very brave...x

lusi said...

Hi Leanne,
Thinking of you mate + brave Emma.
Love lus x

Anonymous said...

I came across here from Mardi's blog and I just wanted to say, my heart goes out to you all...what a beautiful,brave daughter you have. My thoughts are with you.

Lorraine V

deb famularo said...

Dear Leanne,
You guys have been through so much. Emma is so brave. And so are you mom. I am praying for your daughter's good health and for strength for your family. Sending lots of love to you. You are always in my heart............xoxo