Emily was 10 years old when she was diagnosed with essential tremor (ET). She had been taking piano lessons for five years and had just started percussion in her school band. She was determined not to let her ET define her.
Having ET meant practicing was more exhausting for her. But she learned to work around breaks and would work during her lunch hours or before and after school.
At the University of Oklahoma she made The Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band. And she is proud that she has also excelled in her studies – achieving a 4.0 her first semester.
“With the help of my parents, the disabilities council and my neurologist, my goal for college is to graduate with honors,” she said.