Emily’s Story

When you look at Emily, you see a beautiful young girl. You would not be surprised to learn that she loves sports, in particular soccer. But you would be surprised to learn that Emily is actually very sick.

When Emily was born in 2004, she appeared to be a wonderfully healthy little girl. As she started growing, she began getting sick. She was diagnosed with pneumonia several times and had a horrible cough. She also had a fierce appetite, but never put on much weight. One day her pediatrician had her tested for Cystic Fibrosis.

On March 29, 2011, the world came crashing down on Emily and her family. The test was positive.

Cystic fibrosis is a disease that causes mucus to become glue-like causing problems in several of the body’s organs, especially the lungs. It can also cause problems with nutrition, digestion, and growth. The Cystic Fibrosis Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides a multidisciplinary treatment care team including physicians, nurses, dieticians, social workers, pharmacists and respiratory therapists. Emily spends a lot of time at Nationwide Children’s. She has routine clinic visits and there are times when she stays for weeks at a time.

“Nationwide Children’s Hospital has made it possible for Emily to do the things she does now. They have her on a very routine treatment regimen. They keep a very close watch on her and when things aren’t right, they make them right. Emily wouldn’t be where she is today if it wasn’t for the treatment and doctors at Nationwide Children’s Hospital,” says her dad, Bruce.

Yes, when you meet Emily you will be surprised to learn she is sick, but you won’t be surprised to learn that she is a fighter. She doesn’t let her illness stop her from accomplishing anything she sets her mind to.

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  • Name: Emily G.Emily Gordon
  • Condition(s): Cystic Fibrosis
  • Age at Treatment: 11 years
  • Age Today: 08/23/200415 Years

When you look at Emily, you see a beautiful young girl. You would not be surprised to learn that she loves sports, in particular soccer. But you would be surprised to learn that Emily is actually very sick.

When Emily was born in 2004, she appeared to be a wonderfully healthy little girl. As she started growing, she began getting sick. She was diagnosed with pneumonia several times and had a horrible cough. She also had a fierce appetite, but never put on much weight. One day her pediatrician had her tested for Cystic Fibrosis.

On March 29, 2011, the world came crashing down on Emily and her family. The test was positive.

Cystic fibrosis is a disease that causes mucus to become glue-like causing problems in several of the body’s organs, especially the lungs. It can also cause problems with nutrition, digestion, and growth. The Cystic Fibrosis Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides a multidisciplinary treatment care team including physicians, nurses, dieticians, social workers, pharmacists and respiratory therapists. Emily spends a lot of time at Nationwide Children’s. She has routine clinic visits and there are times when she stays for weeks at a time.

“Nationwide Children’s Hospital has made it possible for Emily to do the things she does now. They have her on a very routine treatment regimen. They keep a very close watch on her and when things aren’t right, they make them right. Emily wouldn’t be where she is today if it wasn’t for the treatment and doctors at Nationwide Children’s Hospital,” says her dad, Bruce.

Yes, when you meet Emily you will be surprised to learn she is sick, but you won’t be surprised to learn that she is a fighter. She doesn’t let her illness stop her from accomplishing anything she sets her mind to.

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