Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Emily's story: Fighting acute leukemia

Emily during a pensive moment with her parents at Loyola University Medical Center.

Emily, a Loyola patient, felt that she was always fighting off the flu. She was very tired and started to sleep more and more. Her physician, Dr. Tulio Rodriguez, talks about how Emily came in with respiratory symptoms and signs of infection.

When her blood tests came back, it showed she had leukemia. Emily's parents say they decided to put on a brave face and get going with treatment. Emily did well with treatment but then relapsed. Bone marrow transplant would be the best treatment option going forward. Her brother and sister tried to see if they could be her match, but they weren't a close enough match.

During and after the transplant, Emily will be in Loyola's new BMT unit, which was designed to be a sterile environment because BMT patients are highly susceptible to infection. Her mom talks about how upbeat and positive Emily is.

Emily has plans. She's not giving up.

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About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.