Esmè Lombard was diagnosed with Embryonal Rhabdosarcoma on the 8th of January 2020, after visiting the hospital twice with bladder infection. She was sent to a Urologist who found the cancer, and then to Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre where they confirmed the diagnosis. The cancer made a fistula through her vagina.
She turned 8 years old on the 13th of March. The bladder was constantly leaking so she wore a nappy and couldn’t go to school for the year. She has already done 7 rounds of chemo.
Meanwhile, she struggled with bleeding due to low platelets and she gets a bad reaction with the chemo on her hands and feet which then swells and peels. It is very painful and she struggles to walk.
She had another scan on the 17th of March which showed that the fistula has healed, and that the tumor has shrunk a lot. There is still swelling in the bladder wall, but they will have to do a biopsy to see if it is tumor or scar tissue.
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Update 27 January 2021: On the 21st of January we shared the news that Esmè is in remission after spending most of last year in the hospital. It is with so much sadness that I need to inform you that our very brave warrior has relapsed. We call on all prayer warriors to intercede for Esmè as well as her parents. This must be a very tough and emotional roller coaster as we still remain flesh… Please support Esmè’s bracelet fundraiser. She will need your support more than ever. Be the change – make a difference.
Update 17 February 2021 from mom, Angela: “Esmè’s tests came back today. It’s pre-cancer cells and has spread to the vaginal wall. So on 9 March they will do a 6 hour operation, the bladder, uterus and part of the vaginal wall will be removed. We do the operation while it is still pre-cancer because if it turns into cancer and spread they can do nothing. Doctor is positive about the operation, has had great success with the operation before. She will get a bag outside the body (because of where the cancer is they will not be able to build a bladder for her) she has to carry it until she is 16 and after that we can look at other options. We are sad but serve a great God. Thank you for everyone`s prayers.”
Update 28 September 2022: Esme is 1 year in remission after they removed her bladder, womb and urethra. She is healthy and doing well. Her next appointment with the gynecologist and oncologist is in December. Next year she will have a checkup with the orthopedic doc and the urologist. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers.
Fundraising for Esmè Lombard
Unicorn Bracelets for Esmè consist of coloured wooden beeads with crystal, silver and diamante fillers. Options:
1. White, Pink, Purple, Turquoise Mix with Unicorn charm
2. White, Pink, Purple, Turquoise Mix with Crown charm
3. White, Pink, Purple Mix with Hope-Awareness Ribbon and Believe charm