20 year old Emily’s huge challenge

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20 year old Emily is a teacher in training that is battling a rare form of cancer that started in her salivary gland.


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Hi, I'm Emily. I am 20 years old and have the pleasure of working alongside our youngest children to support them to learn and grow. I love my job and am looking forward to finishing my training so that I can become a registered Early Childhood teacher.

However, first I have a rather large challenge to overcome. At the start of the year I noticed a small lump behind my ear, after a few months I began to worry about what this was and went to my local GP who didn't think it was much, three weeks later it had doubled in size. That's when my GP sent me on to an ear, nose and throat specialist. A biopsy was then done and there was some confusion as to what it actually was, he believed it was too rare for him so sent me on to a specialist in Palmerston North who deals with more rare cases. After another biopsy and weeks of waiting, lots of scans and many phone calls it's been confirmed that I have cancer in my Salivary Gland which has also spread to some of the lymph nodes in my neck. I have now been sent on to the plastics team in Wellington at Hutt Hospital where I will be having surgery to remove the tumour, the lymph nodes and some of the things surrounding it. To ensure they remove all of the cancer they will need to take my main facial nerve which will paralyse my face but they will do their best to reconnect other nerves to my face to try and regain some movement. This will mean that I may look a bit different to what I do now but that's worth it to ensure the cancer is gone. Six weeks following surgery we will most likely be going ahead with radiation therapy in Palmerston North. This will be for a further six weeks. I know I may be unwell for a little but I'm relying on the support and love surrounding me to keep me strong to ensure I beat this.

Trina Murray's involvement (page creator)

Emily is an amazing, positive teacher in training that works alongside young children every day, to make a difference in their lives. She is determined to get through this challenge in her life so that she can continue her fantastic work. As her colleagues and friends we want to be able to give support to Emily who has a long and difficult journey ahead of her at such a young age, and ensure that her strength is put into getting herself well, than be concerned about how she is going to make ends meet. Kia kaha Emily, there is much aroha for you my friend.

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Living expenses and support with travel to her appointments throughout the country to ensure she can focus on her health and recovery.

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Update message from Emily:  5 February 2019

So as some of you may or may not know I had a check up in Palmerston North on Friday (01-02-19) to get the results from my first CT scan since having treatment. I went into this feeling confident and expecting good results. Sadly this was not the case, we found out that from the CT scan of my chest that there were multiple lesions on my lungs. Meaning the cancer had spread. Our next step is trying to find a treatment that will work for me. We have decided to pay to have some special genomic testing done to hopefully find the specific mutation within my genes so we can target treat it. Because we have found the lesions early the oncologist said we have some time to hopefully find the right treatment for me. This will most likely involve chemo, and he is unsure whether he will be able to cure the cancer but hopefully we will be able to keep it at bay and stop the lesions from growing or spreading to other parts of my body until we do find a cure. All things considered I’m doing pretty well, trying to keep positive! But I’ve done this once before and I’ll do it again....👊🏼❤️

Like I said at the start “I am too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful and too determined to be defeated”. I will fight this again and I will fight it 10X harder 👊🏼💗

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Guest Donor on 20 Jun 2019
Wishing you the very best Emily - you are one brave lady
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 17 Jun 2019
Very best of luck with any future treatment. You’re a brave girl
Ellie on 17 Jun 2019
Hi Emily, I had a tumour in my salivary gland 20 years ago but thankfully it was benign. I lost some feeling in the left side of my face when it was removed but no paralysis. I can only imagine what you've been through and so admire your strength and positivity. You are so beautiful!!! All the very best mate, you've got this. XXX
Maria on 17 Jun 2019
Very sad that at such a stressful time anyway you have to go through even more stress to fund your own treatment. Thinking of you and your family x
Jack N
Jack N on 17 Jun 2019

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