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Two years ago, Alisha was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer at only age 32. By God's grace and Alisha's grit, she was able to conquer the breast cancer. With the support of her two boys, her parents, extended family and amazing friends throughout the country, Alisha was abundant in prayer support and love. She beat cancer and she made it look easy! (Even though we all knew that it wasn't)
In the process of treatment, multiple surgeries and her recovery journey, Alisha consistently maintained that well-known, contagious smile of hers upon her face. When challenge came her way, she found a way to laugh at it and then plow through it. She worked hard and kept moving forward faithfully despite the fact her life as she knew it was completely flipped upside down all at once. Her new "normal" required she start over completely. While preparing and eventually recovering from surgery, Alisha prepared a new home for herself and her two sons simultaneously navigating the unmapped road of single motherhood. She was tremendously brave in the face of uncertainty, always moving forward while keeping her eyes fixed on God and whatever plan he had for her life.
In late 2015, Alisha's trust in His plan brought James into their life. From the beginning, it was obvious these two souls were meant to walk through this life side-by-side. Nervously, she knew she had to be very honest early on and share her past health history with this new man. James never waivered in his commitment to Alisha; he accepted her for who she was no matter what this may mean for their future together. They were married in May of 2016 and Alisha's family of three was now a family of SIX! Everyone involved in their lives agreed and rejoiced at how insanely happy these 6 people had been since being brought together. The unity of these two halves made each of them whole.
After two years cancer-free and just 3 months into their marriage, Alisha started experiencing extreme chest pains and suffered back pain so severe it could not be managed with medications. After multiple visits to emergency rooms, hospitals, doctors, chiropractors and her former cancer team, she left facing more questions that had no answers and was rendered unable to work.
On Sunday, August 21st, Alisha was unable to move on her own. She was taken to the hospital via ambulance. On standby, we prayed for relief from her pain and that they would be able to locate a cause. No one could have anticipated what happened thereafter. After several tests, the doctors informed Alisha & James that they believed she had developed Leukemia. Sunday night, we prayed veraciously that they were wrong. Surely, they had to be mistaken. Monday morning, her diagnosis was confirmed. They believe the cause of the leukemia was the chemotherapy that rid her of her breast cancer.
Currently, more test results regarding which type of Leukemia are to come. Her port was implanted within 24 hours of diagnosis and chemotherapy started thereafter. She will be in the hospital for about a month at a time, likely multiple times over the next several months of her leukemia fight.
We believe Leukemia is NO MATCH for Lish. We are calling on all our amazing friends and family to spread the word and lift her and her family up in prayer during this time. We know faith does not make things easy, it makes them possible. "For with God, nothing shall be impossible"- Luke 1:37