Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Praises + Prayers (7/22)

So much to be thankful for this week! Thank you everyone for your prayers- they continue to be answered one-by-one!

+ This has been an absolutely joyous time with the birth of Baby David last week! We’ve had a wonderful time of celebrating and praising God. David was born safely and easily without a C-section. We actually had an extra day of recovery before chemo so my WBCs and other measures were up really high before receiving chemo yesterday. I’m recovering from delivery very well so far. It has been a much easier and quicker recovery than I had with Noah. [A baby David post and more pictures are in process…will try to get that knocked out this week!]

+ David has been a breeze to take care of so far. He is sleeping well at night and eating well. We have been getting plenty of sleep. We went for our first check-up yesterday and he is “perfect” in the words of the pediatrician.

+ Round 2 of chemo was only a week delayed and went fine yesterday. It was a little more painful than the first round but nothing too bad. I’m so thankful to have the chemo back in my bloodstream fighting the cancer!

+ Hair fell out and I’m feeling good! I have a nice wig, comfy caps to wear around the house, hats for walking outside, and pretty scarves for doctors’ visits. And it only takes seconds to dry off and get ready in the mornings. Guys have had it so good for so long- who knew??

+ That this round of chemo would have a profound effect on the cancer. The cancer definitely has been growing over the last week or so. I’m praying that it wouldn’t gain any ground before the chemo starts taking effect this week or before Round 3 is given in two weeks. I’m also praying that we would see even greater strides made this round than even Round 1 had.

+ I will have my port placed Friday morning at 7AM and will go under general anesthesia for it. A port is something they put in my neck that connects to a big vein and makes giving chemo easier and safer. It is a relatively simple procedure and I’ll be out of the hospital same day. Pray that the procedure goes well and there is a speedy recovery.

+ Still not sure of when my scans will take place but please continue praying that the cancer has not and will not progress into metastatic cancer (moved to other organs – bone, liver, lung, etc.). I’m still very hopeful that it is Stage 3B or 3C and will still have a chance at a “curable” disease. I would love nothing more than to put this all behind us in two years and get completely focused back on loving and taking care of Noah, David, and Brad!

+ Pray that my spirits would continue staying high despite the hormone drop after delivery. I’ve been weepy the past couple days for no apparent reason. Brad is quick to remind me that I cried every day at 6PM for two weeks after Noah was born- just weird post-pregnancy craziness.

+ Prayers for endurance and strength for grandparents - my parents and Brad’s parents have provided much needed support since this all broke loose. My mom has taken me to a bunch of doctors’ appointments, including chemo yesterday. My dad will drop whatever he is doing to help with whatever we need from giving Noah a bath to bringing me a McFlurry at 11PM at night. Alan and Jane cancelled their big retirement trip to be here with us for two weeks. Jane arrived the day I went into labor (nice timing!) and has done all the dishes and laundry, taken care of Noah (wake-ups, baths, diapers, daycare pick-ups/drop-offs), and has a smile on her face the whole time.  AND is even here for her birthday today – Happy Birthday Jane! We love you!! Can’t wait until Alan is here on Thursday and starts grilling our dinners- yum!! We are so thankful for the support from our parents. Please pray that God will give them the strength and endurance it will take to support us during this long journey.


  1. Thank you for sharing your life with us through this blog! It is truly an inspiration to me. God has blessed you with an awesome support team! I know things are working out for you! I will continue to keep you all in my prayers!

  2. Dear Brad and Ashleigh,

    My daughter-in-law, Sydneyann, sent me the link to your blog today. We were on a boat with you in the Galapagos Islands a few years ago. I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis and wanted you to know that we are praying for both of you and for your family. We are praying for strength for the journey, joy along the way, and for a complete miracle of healing.

    In 2009 I was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer and given a 50/50 5 year survival rate. In May I celebrated 5 years! I also kept a blog during my treatment if you are interested in reading it (www.laurashook.com). I know our cancers and treatments are different but maybe it will bring some encouragement to you.

    God bless you!
    Laura Shook

  3. Ashleigh, my husband Dave is a highschool friend of your dad's. We praise God that David (wonderful name by the way) is a healthy baby and that you're delivery was "uneventful." We are thankful to be able to share your story, to pray for you, and to be completely blown away by the power of God in your witness. I feel so certain that He is using you in a mighty way to show his glory through your heartfelt words and your ability to praise Him even in this trial. We will continue to lift up each of these prayer requests that you present and hopefully you will be encouraged knowing that there are others here in Georgia praying for you as well. Much love to you and your precious family as you let your light shine. Robin and Dave Lockwood Conyers, GA

  4. Ashleigh (and family)-

    I am the L&D nurse who took care of you the night of your induction. I am so happy to see that the delivery went smoothly and that you and David are doing well.
    I am continuing to pray for you and your family, and I will definitely be keeping up with your blog.
    I am still so encouraged by your positive attitude and your sweet spirit. There is no denying that the Holy Spirit is doing a wonderful work in you and your family!


  5. Praying hard for ya girl! Your posts are so transparent, I am hoping other cancer patients find it and know that they aren't alone. Sara above me said it right- there is no denying that the Holy Spirit is so present and working in you and your family. Love you!

  6. Dear Ashleigh and Brad, Congratulations on the birth of your sweet little boy! It's not surprising that you are surrounded by so much love! Stay strong and courageous! You are in our prayers.
    - Ash family (Brad's teacher from HS)


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  8. 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

  9. 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 بالخرج
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    شركة نقل عفش بحائل
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    شركة نقل عفش واثاث
    شركة نقل عفش