Ashley has acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). It is a very treatable and curable form of cancer. Although mostly diagnosed in young children, it is rare in young adults. Ashley is very determined to #AttackTheDay every day, with every fiber of her body, spirit and mind in order to kick cancers ass!
For those of you that don't know, here's a little background on how we got here: About 3 weeks ago, Ashley left work and went to the ER for lower back and hip pain and associated nausea and vomiting. She was discharged later that day with results of a small ovarian cyst that they thought was causing the problems. Her labwork was all normal. This past Sunday, September 17, 2017, while at church, Ashley could not get comfortable so she got up to sit in the back of the church so she could adjust positions more often. With additional medicine, she was able to later volunteer and love on "her babies" in Waumba Land at Athens Church. Later that afternoon, she and Jonathan played a double-header with their kickball team and unfortunately lost both games. :( La Parilla was mentioned for dinner plans by another team mate, so of course Ashley and Jonathan had to follow. During dinner, the pain resumed and continued to get worse until Ashley found it necessary to leave (but she was able to push through and finish her taco!). By the time Jonathan made it to the car, Ashley was in considerable pain. Much to Ashley's dismay, Jonathan insisted that they go back to the ER. Once in the ER, they ran additional labwork which showed that Ashley's white blood cell count (WBC) was extremely high. This indicated that Ashley was fighting an infection somewhere in her body. This provoked the ER to draw blood cultures. When analyzed under a microscope, the blood revealed about 50% blast cells (leukemia cells). They admitted Ashley to the hospital and we started working with an oncologist the following morning. Additional tests were run, some difficult decisions were made and ultimately, we decided to transfer Ashley to Emory University Healthcare in Atlanta to begin her treatment.