Sunday, July 6, 2014

Praises + Prayers (7/6)


Last week we experienced so many blessings! I'll try to summarize a few of the key praises we have:

+ All last week the tumors seemed to be getting bigger- not the response you would hope for when pouring chemo into your bloodstream. Then literally overnight last night things got a ton better to where it was 1 or 2 weeks ago. Seriously an answer to prayer there. The tumors aren't a ton smaller but a lot of the other symptoms are starting to go away. Chemo is so cool!!! Thank you to everyone who was specifically praying for this!

+ I've had essentially no symptoms from chemo yet. Zero nausea (those anti-nausea meds must be rockin'). I took naps every day this week except one (and then everyone including me regretted me not getting my nap- sorry family for melting down on you!). Last time when I was 36 weeks pregnant I wanted to take naps everyday then too, so no big deal. Only one day was I really fatigued (which is the main symptom from this particular flavor of chemo). I got up and did my hair/makeup (for the first time this week) and then suddenly felt woozy. I was so tired I couldn't even stand up. So that day I just laid around in bed and Brad took care of Noah. If that is the main symptom of these drugs, keep 'em coming! 

+ Had a logistics chat with my boss at work and the head of benefits. It looks like everything is going to work out with regards to short term and potentially long term disability. Not having to worry about medical benefits on top of all the getting rid of cancer stuff is a huge blessing. It sounds like DPSG is going to be awesome through all this. Everyone drink more Dr Pepper and Snapple!

+ The encouragement from family and friends has been astounding. I can't even begin to tell you how amazing the response and support has been from everyone. The countless emails and facebook messages have been so uplifting. The best is when I've gotten notes from people I don't even know telling me they are praying for me AND they are telling their family and friends to pray for me too- incredible!! If you have sent me a message and I haven't responded, know that I am so grateful for your message and have probably read it multiple times but just haven't had a chance to respond yet. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Keep those prayers and encouraging words coming!

Speaking of are some specific requests for this week:

+ Brad and I are driving to Houston for the MD Anderson visit this week. Please pray that the trip is uneventful and that I will not go into labor between the two cities. If you've ever checked out a map of Texas there aren't many tier 1 hospitals between here and there so it would not be good if I went into labor!

+ Pray that we would have a productive meeting with Dr. Valero (sooo excited about meeting him! He is kind of a big deal in the IBC world). Pray that he provides us with good direction, information, and hope.

+ Please pray that my white blood cell counts would come back up quickly this week (they go down as the chemo kills all the good and bad cells, and increase my risk of infection). Once the counts are up to a level my drs are comfortable with, they will induce me and hopefully have a safe delivery and then a BABY! yayay!!!

+ Safe delivery (preferably not a c-section) with a healthy baby once my counts are back up

+ Finally, once the baby is delivered, we will start doing all the scans to see if cancer has spread and do the official “staging” (where they categorize how bad the cancer is in your body). PLEASE continue to pray that the cancer has not and will not spread to other organs/lymph nodes and that I will be Stage 3B or 3C. Also, I think once I'm staged it will make all the % prognoses much more real. Please pray that I will be able to emotionally deal with such high probabilities of death in less than 24 months (eek!).

So this post ended up being quite a bit longer than I intended. I'll try and keep future ones more to the point. There are just a lot of praises and prayers going on right now. Thanks again for everyone keeping up with our journey and for the prayers. We need a miracle but know that God can provide! 


  1. Never Ever apologize for long posts!! We cling to your written thoughts! Love you Ash!
    Terry Howerton

  2. Hello Ashleigh. I love reading about your journey. You have the most positive attitude, and it really blesses my heart. I am praying for complete healing and healthy new baby. Jesus loves you and I do too! Love, Mrs. Hudnall

  3. No apologies ever needed. Thank you for the specific prayer requests. It helps to be able to pray for specifics in addition to simply asking for your miracle! Love you lots Ashleigh! ❤️Debbie Liby

  4. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Ashleigh and Brad! What a special day, congratulations. Safe travels this week. ❤️Debbie Liby

  5. Hi Ashleigh,
    It's Kim Wolf from high school. I came across your blog through a shared post on facebook. Your positive attitude is really inspiring. Just wanted to let you know that I'll be praying for your healing, and for you and your family!

  6. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15 : 13 You are a friend of a friend, I don't know you, but my friend asked me to pray. This verse came to mind in prayer for you.

  7. You are an enormously strong woman. You are determined. You have a strong will to beat this. You are loved by so many and are in the best "hands" possible. I hope all these positives help ease your journey through this insipid disease. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.


  8. افضل شركة تنظيف خزانات ومنازل وشقق بالمدينة المنورة شركة غسيل خزانات ومكافحة حشرات بالمدينة المنورة ونقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة مؤسسة صفوة المدينة
    شركة غسيل خزانات بالمدينة المنورة


  9. الشرق الاوسط من اهم شركات نقل العفش بالدمام متحصصه فى نقل عفش واثاث بالدمام ونقل العفش بالخبر كما انها توفر شركة نقل عفش بالجبيل والخبر وشركة نقل عفش بالقطيف والاحساء وجميع خدمات نقل العفش والاثاث بالمنطقة الشرقية بارخص اسعار نقل عفش بالدمام وتقدم ايضا شركة تخزين عفش بالدمام والخبر
    شركة الشرق الاوسط
    شركة نقل اثاث بالدمام
    شركة نقل اثاث بالخبر
    شركة نقل اثاث بالجبيل
    شركة نقل عفش بالخبر
    شركة نقل عفش بالقطيف
    شركة نقل اثاث بالاحساء
    شركة نقل عفش الجبيل
    شركة نقل عفش بالدمام
    شركة نقل اثاث بالجبيل
    شركة نقل عفش بالخبر
    شركات النقل البري بالدمام
    شركات نقل العفش بالدمام
    ارقام شركات نقل العفش بالدمام
    ارخص شركة نقل اثاث بالدمام
    شركة تخزين عفش بالدمام
    شركة نقل اثاث بالخبر

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