Friday, July 11, 2014

Praises + Prayers (7/11)

Your prayers are working! There are many updates to be thankful for this week!

Praises

+ The biggest praise has to be the response to chemo in the last 5-6 days. The doctors have all been extremely pleased with the progress made from the first round. My symptoms have all but gone away and we are back to where I was before I went to see my OB the first time 3-4 weeks ago. There is clearly still a very long way to go as there are still massive tumors and the entire breast is full of cancer, but this is excellent progress and I'm so thankful for visible improvement just like everyone has been praying for - thank you!

+ The trip to Houston went very well as you can read in the last two posts. There were no labor scares on the drive to and from, the doctors at MD Anderson were helpful and encouraging, and we had a great time celebrating our anniversary.

+ I continue to have very little to no side effects from the chemo which seems like a miracle to me. It is amazing to see the chemo doing its job on the cancer and not feeling a thing myself. Pretty amazing!

+ My spirits are very high right now. It is crazy to think that I have gotten this pretty horrible diagnosis but somehow feel complete peace and joy in the midst of it. That is also a miracle and I believe a direct result from the hundreds of prayer warriors out there lifting me up to the Lord daily. Thank you to everyone that has sent encouraging words through email, texts, facebook, cards, gifts, flowers, meals, hugs, and phone calls. You have allowed yourself to be a physical extension of Christ's arms to remind me that He does have this under control and that He does love me through all of this craziness. Thank you!

Prayers

+ My white blood cell counts (WBC) are continuing to drop. Because I'm pregnant I wasn't able to get the standard steroid shot that allows chemo patients to only wait 2 weeks between treatments (it helps boost the WBCs and makes the recovery faster). The WBCs will continue to drop until it bottoms out and then starts to recover. The doctors have to wait to deliver or do the next round of chemo until after my WBCs hit a certain threshold. Currently that is looking like late next week maybe or early the following week, delaying chemo for an extra week and a half. My doctor told me not to freak if the tumors start growing again (how am I not supposed to freak out over that??). 
Please pray for two things: 1) That my WBCs rebound at heroic rates next week so we can deliver sooner rather than later, and 2) that the baby is delivered safely with no c-section or any other complication that would require me to take antibiotics and delay chemo even more. Right now chemo #2 is scheduled for the 24th but I'm really praying that gets moved up so there isn't 3.5+ weeks between treatments.

+ Continued prayers that the cancer continues to recede, break apart, and make its way to a "complete response" with chemo. Please pray that when we do the scans after delivery that the cancer has not metastasized to any other organs and I can "just" be Stage 3B or 3C.

+ This one is pretty minor in the grand scheme of things but I'm told I should lose my hair in the next few days (no thinning or anything yet though, maybe it is going to come out in one big chunk?). Pray that I see it as it really is - just proof that there are drugs inside me killing cells that replicate quickly, which is a very good thing. I hear that losing your hair is pretty traumatic, especially for a woman, and especially for someone that gets a lot of joy out of doing hair. I logically see that it isn't and shouldn't be a big deal, but I hear I might feel differently when it actually happens. Pray I'm cool about it.  

Thanks to everyone who has been following our story. I'll continue putting these specific requests out there because it seems to be working! God has been hearing your prayers. Thank you for taking the time to lift me and my family up!

16 comments:

  1. Love you. Thanks for all the updates! Praying for you friend. I know waiting to deliver is hard.

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  2. Love knowing how to pray specifically for your needs!!! You are beautiful, hair or no hair! Can't wait to see David...and will be praying for an easy, healthy, delivery!

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  3. Praise praise praise for all the good news you have shared! Thanks again for specific prayer requests. Prayers continue. Excited for David's arrival! I don't think he will care what his Mommy's hair looks like!❤️

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  4. I hope this comes off good...I think you'll look great with no hair. When I picture you that way, I see you with sass and style. Believe it or not, I LOVED the way my mother looked with no hair. She never believed me, but I loved it. So, I pray you see how good you look with and without hair. :)

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  5. We have been, and will continue prayers for healing. Your positive attitude is a good part of the battle. Hang in there Ashleigh!

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  6. We prayed for you in church again this morning sweet Ashleigh.

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  7. still praying! for all of you -- alyssa and billy

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  8. We are in constant prayer for your precious family, as well as having asked our church family and friends all over the US. Just remember God is the Great Healer and can perform miracles beyond our wildest dreams. Can't wait to hear about David's grand entry. Lifting you up - Nancy & Vince Watkins (Melissa's parents)

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  9. We have been constantly praying for you guys since I found out a few days ago. You are such an inspirational person in so many ways. Your positive outlook is such a testament to your strong will, intellect, your faith and the faith in those around you. You have an amazing team of family, friends and medical staff all helping you fight this battle! Go Team Ashleigh! We will continue to pray for God's healing powers and continue to lift you up in prayers around the clock! - Christine Hall

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  10. Ashleigh, you are the toughest woman I know and will overcome. I'll be praying for each specific request above all week. Love you!

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  11. That is most awesome! I'm glad to hear that things are working out for you. Don't worry about your hair loss. I'm sure it is just temporary. You can get it all back, as your life is all about going positively up. I'll be praying for you.

    Byron Brewer @ Knight and Sanders

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  12. شركة نقل اثاث بالدمام التفاؤل شركة نقل اثاث بالخبر كما انها افضل شركة نقل اثاث بالجبيل نقل عفش واثاث بالجبيل والخبر والقطيف والدمام
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    شركة نقل اثاث بالجبيل
    شركة نقل اثاث بالقطيف

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  13. اهم شركات كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام كذلك معرض اهم شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام والخبر والجبيل والخبر والاحساء والقطيف كذكل شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة وتنظيف بجدة ومكافحة الحشرات بالخبر وكشف تسربات المياه بالجبيل والقطيف والخبر والدمام
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    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام
    شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام

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  14. اهم شركات نقل العفش والاثاث بالدمام والخبر والجبيل اولقطيف والاحساء والرياض وجدة ومكة المدينة المنورة والخرج والطائف وخميس مشيط وبجدة افضل شركة نقل عفش بجدة نعرضها مجموعة الفا لنقل العفش بمكة والخرج والقصيم والطائف وتبوك وخميس مشيط ونجران وجيزان وبريدة والمدينة المنورة وينبع افضل شركات نقل الاثاث بالجبيل والطائف وخميس مشيط وبريدة وعنيزو وابها ونجران المدينة وينبع تبوك والقصيم الخرج حفر الباطن والظهران
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    شركة نقل عفش

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