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Patient Spotlight: Emilee Dabbs

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Q: Why did you choose the UAB O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center to partner with you in this journey?

A: After being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in June 2021, I was referred to Pankit Vachhani, M.D., and his team. I couldn’t have asked for a better team.

Q: What has been the most challenging part of your experience?

A: The most challenging thing was the time I had to spend away from my husband and children while in the hospital for treatments.

Q: What is the biggest win you’re excited to share?

A: I’m in remission! I’m through with all of my treatments and my maintenance medicines. 

Q: What is a fun fact that not many people know about you?

A: I can sing “Happy Birthday” in French. 

Q: What is your favorite hobby?

A: Going on road trips and taking pictures

Q: What is the next place on your travel bucket list?

A: New York City, and New England in the fall

Q: Favorite TV show?

A: “Friends” and “Home Town”

Q: Favorite quote to live by?

A: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13

Q: What is your favorite thing to do in the Magic City?

A: Going to Post Office Pies for pizza with my family

Q: What advice would you give to those just beginning their cancer journey?

A: Take one day at a time. I relied on my faith in God to get me through. 

Q: Is there anyone from the UAB O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center you’d like to recognize?

A: Dr. Vachhani and the nursing team at the Hematology/Oncology Surgical Unit. I will sing their praises always.

Q: Outside of the medicine, appointments, and treatments, was there anything in particular that helped you through the emotional and mental challenges that cancer brought to your life?

A: Like I said earlier, my faith in God is how I got through. He has been there with me every step of the way.

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