NEWARK, Ohio (WCMH)– Imagine being 15 years old and being diagnosed with cancer for the second time.
This weekend a very special Facebook community was formed around 15-year-old Emily Ball and she said it feels like each member is sending a prayer.
Her mom and aunt created the Emily’s Entourage Facebook community Saturday to update friends, family & the community on her status. The pictures Emily let them post were some of the first times she’d let anyone see her new bald head without a cap or cover.
It just helps knowing that people are thinking about you,” says Emily.
“Some of the people are like from different states even, but it feels like they’re right there with you,” says Emily.
The pictures she shared on the new page were the first time she’d let anyone see her bald.
“It’s huge. I mean there are people writing us that we don’t even know,” says Veronica Rine, Emily’s mother.
Amily is fighting ovarian cancer for a second time.
“It’s like… just kinda scary,” she says.
The Newark teenager just checked into Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She has surgery Wednesday to remove a tumor larger than a grapefruit from near her right ovary. When she was eight she lost her left ovary and Fallopian tube to the disease.
“The first time was a little easier because she was eight, she didn’t really know what it meant to have cancer. We just lost two family members to cancer this year, so she definitely knows what cancer means now,” says Veronica.
It’s an extremely rare germ cell tumor, only found in 2 to 3 children per million per year.
Emily’s still got three more chemotherapy treatments after her surgery and doesn’t know if she’ll have a full hysterectomy.
But the spunky teen is fighting back.
“She’s pretty amazing. She’s definitely my hero,” says Veronica.
Emily’s taking it in stride. The future graphic artist says she’ll do whatever she needs to do to get back to a healthy, happy life. She says each new Facebook follower lets her know that somebody cares.
“It’s kind of a relief to have people who understand what you’re going through to talk to,” she says.