EMMA HATLEY "Moose"

 
 
 

It all started when...

We found out 3 years ago that our precious baby girl had an inoperable brain tumor that was growing. Emma Hatley is now 5 years old and getting ready to start kindergarten in September 2016. She will begin school with already facing more obstacles than most people do. In August of 2013 our world was shattered when Emma had started having seizures. We went to several Doctors to try and see what was going on. After several tests they sent us to Cooks Childrens in Ft Worth for an MRI. We were supposed to get her results back in a week or so. However, the day of her MRI two Doctors came to the waiting room to get us. As they took us into a family room they introduced us to a child life specialist who proceeded to take our other 3 kids to another room to play so that they could talk to us. As we sat down they told us that she had a cancerous tumor in her brain that went into her Thalamus where they can’t operate on it. As we sat there in disbelief our world came crashing down. Fast Forward three years later and she has endured a brain procedure as well as many months of Chemo. Emma takes life in stride and teaches us every day how to live. During her brain procedure she woke up in ICU asking for CiCis pizza. The Doctors were amazed at how well she was doing and responding. While in Chemo she went to the hospital every Thursday morning. She would vomit all night Thursday night and into Friday morning. By Friday afternoon she was asking to go play and watch daddy play softball. Emma has never complained about her tumor and never lets it slow her down. Her nickname is Moose and her favorite thing is Batman. These two things fit her well as she is as solid as a moose and as strong as Batman. She loves super heroes but to me she is my Hero. The first week of August of 2016 we had another MRI at Cooks Childrens and we anxiously awaited her results. That afternoon we met with her amazing team of Doctors and found out that her tumor was continuing to grow and had crossed over to both sides of her brain. They explained to us that she would probably have 2 to 5 years of life and that she could be paralyzed before that. They told us to enjoy our time with her and make memories with her. As we left to go home reality sat in. How do we explain to her, her siblings, and our family that she had such a short time to live? We have taken a very open and honest approach with her and later that night I sat down with her and explained what the Doctors had said. Not once did she ever complain. Really I don’t think she understands it all. I don’t even understand it all. Emma is a very funny and loving girl. She has taught me time and time again that life is what you make it. God has blessed us by the time he has given her to us. We will continue praying and seeking out Christ as we travel this journey with her. We know that ultimately God is the one in control and the only one that gets to decide how long she will live. We struggle everyday with what her future could hold. Yet every time I look at her I Have a peace about her and know that she has a purpose here. We are so thankful and grateful to our friends, family, and churches as they have and continue to show us tremendous support. Emma is a light for many people and continues to be an inspiration to many people in this uncertain world. We look forward to our time with her and have learned not to take any time for granted. Emma has changed our world in a positive way and showed us what it truly means to live. I encourage you to get to know her and learn the same lessons from her. Life is short and we need to enjoy every moment of it. God is continuing to teach this daddy through his 5 year old daughter.