Patient Spotlight: Emilee Dabbs
Q: Why did you choose the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB 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 O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB 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.