Honored Kid

Emerson Nielsen

Age 18
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Sioux Falls, SD, US


Hodgkin lymphoma

Date of Diagnosis

January 2022


In treatment

Treated At

Sanford Children's Hospital

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My Story

Emerson's journey with cancer (Stage 3 Hodgkin Lymphoma) began on January 28th, 20222 when I took her to the doctor because she had had COVID for 2-weeks and just wasn't improving. Her pediatrician did a chest x-ray and low and behold, there was the very large tumor wrapped around her trachea and taking up a huge portion of her right chest cavity. From there, we headed straight to the castle (Sanford Children's Hospital), she was admitted and it all began. She spent approx. three weeks in the castle and it was such a whirlwind. She had CT's, PET CT's, a PICC line put in, physical therapy, art therapy, therapy dog visits, and so much more. It was a great day when we got to take her home! She has made her way through 11 out of 12 treatments with each treatment taking approx. 5-hours, most weeks 7-hours because she had to receive two bags of blood. She has lost most of her hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes. She has experienced joint pain, hours of vomiting, severe fatigue, trouble sleeping, lack of appetite, anxiety and so much more. Emerson was unable to finish the second semester of her Junior year and has been unable to travel this summer. On really hard days, she feels that she is no more than a kid fighting cancer. Fortunately, we are nearing the end of the hardest part of our journey, but that is not the case for all pediatric cancer patients. Every two minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer. And in the US, 1 in 5 will not survive. For Emerson and for all of these children is why we are sharing our story and fundraising alongside S. Baldrick's Foundation.

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