Never A Doubt
A year after beating brain cancer in 2008, Emmarie Truman found herself in another battle for her life. This time against Leukemia.
Truman’s eldest sister Erin was a match to be a bone marrow donor and was scheduled to give her sister the potentially life saving donation around Christmas of 2009. Though the procedure was pushed back, Emmarie received the donation in March of 2010 and was able to experience many events like prom, Easter service and graduating high school despite not being present in school and on a sensitive watch for 100 days after her transplant.
“For me the good that has come to me and the bad that I’ve dealt with, the good definitely triumphs the bad,” Truman said about her battles with cancer.
"This tube is connected directly to my heart. ...now, all I want is to be healthy. The healthier I am, the more chances I will have in life," Emmarie Truman said. Truman's sister Erin is donating potentially lifesaving bone marrow to Emmarie as a Christmas gift. "With all the pain she has had to endure, anything I can do is nothing compared to what she has been through. I just want her to be healthy now," said Erin Truman.
Emmarie Truman, left, holds out a banana for her father Allen as her mother, Elaine, background and her sister Erin, right, look on. Truman has been in CS Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor since the first week in November. Generally someone visits everyday. Emmarie has trouble keeping down food but loves fresh fruit which her parents bring to her regularly.
Bone marrow donated by Erin Trumman flows into her sister Emmarie at CS Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor Tuesday. After the transplant Truman must be under constant observation to make sure her new immune system and body do not attack each other.
Elaine Truman, left, learns that her daughter Emmarie can only come home for six hours on Christmas day before returing to her hospital bed at CS Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor. The doctors informed Truman that Emmarie will be admitted Jan. 1 to begin the bone marrow transfer process. The acutall transfer will not take place for another week.
Erin Truman lays in a bed at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor as she undergoes an apheresis procedure that took over four hours. The procedure filtered stem cells from Erin Truman's body which were then donated to her younger sister Emmarie. The bone marrow transplant is a potentially life saving step in Emmarie's battle with Leukemia.
Allen Truman looks over his shoulder as his oldest daughter Erin rests on a couch in a visitors room at CS Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor. Erin had just finished a six-hour-long apheresis treatment to donate her bone marrow to her sister. "Sometimes it does start to wear on you but you just have to turn it over to the Lord," Allen said.
Emmarie Truman turns off one of the machines next to her bed as it beeps in her room at CS Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor. She said the noises in the hospital room can be annoying, especially when she is trying to sleep.
Allen Truman reaches to help his daughter up after Easter service. Even though the doctors advised against it, Emmarie said she wasn't going to miss Easter service.
"Wear your hat!" Elaine Truman calls out to her daughter Emme as she looks back while walking to her boyfriend Logan's car. "Everyday that goes by I feel like I'm one step closer to my life being back to normal," Emme said.
Emme's sisters Erin, left, and Elise, right help her put on fake eye lashes. "My sisters and I are a lot closer now," Emme said. "I know that any of us would (donate bone marrow) to the other in a heartbeat."
Emmarie's boyfriend boyfriend Logan puts a corsage on her wrist as they meet for pictures at her house. "I never thought I was going to miss prom, I never thought I was going to miss graduation," Emme said.
The Truman family poses for a picture after the Jackson High School 2010 commencement ceremony. "I know who I am and I've always been the same person," Emme said. "I feel like me. I don' want to be treated any differently just because something happened to me."