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It all started on Monday, November 23rd with a phone call. The doctor said the biopsy revealed...CANCER! The news was shocking and devastating! So many questions, so few answers! There are still questions to be answered, but now there is a game plan.
Ashley has been diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma, a.k.a. breast cancer. It is also in her auxiliary lymph node under her arm. The first challenge in attacking this invader was to get precious little Olivia into this world. On Wednesday, December 2nd at 4:46 a.m. sweet precious Olivia Winter Roback was enticed to make her appearance. At 36 weeks, she had some breathing and eating issues that were not unexpected. Olivia spent 6 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UT Hospital, but has made great improvements and has joined big brother Trey and the rest of the family at home. What a relief! She looks just like her mommy! She is indeed a blessing for us all!
Ashley was released from the hospital just in time to have an MRI, ultrasound, CT scan, bone scan, and another biopsy. With test results in, a battle plan has been developed.
On Monday, December 14th, Ashley will have a port put in place. That afternoon she will start the first round of her 6 rounds of chemotherapy on a three week cycle. She will also receive a dose of herceptin every week for a year. The chemo is done first to make sure that it is doing its job to shrink and kill the cancer before they remove the tumor. After chemo is surgery and then radiation for 33 treatments. Reconstruction follows the radiation.
It will be a long road. It will be scary. There are still a lot of unknowns. We do know that attitude is everything and positive attitude abounds around us. Ashley is strong, young, determined and has a wonderful support team.
Please continue to pray for Ashley, Olivia, Zafer, Trey, her medical professionals and the entire Slagle/Roback clan as we walk down this very scary road together. We have faith that God will continue to guide us and bless us.