Ashlie, Round 4~ {Ashlie’s Journey}

Ashlie invited me to go with her to one of her chemo treatments and it just happened to be the halfway mark! I continue to be amazed at her strength and determination to beat this disease. Thank you Ashlie for inviting me to be there and for showing me how to endure the hard things. You are an inspiration to so many…I love you girl~

 

Chemo – Halfway There!!!

It amazes me how many GOOD people are in the world, especially since it seems like we are bombarded by bad news – in our towns, across the country, and all over the world.
I am officially halfway through my treatment – YAY!!!  In some ways, I feel like the journey started to be a constant uphill climb when treatment began. This part has been tough. Really tough. I’d be lying if I told you there weren’t a couple of moments when I wanted to give up. Chemo will make you find your strength if nothing else will. My first four rounds of treatment consisted of a combination of two drugs, one of which is affectionately referred to as “The Red Devil.” Believe me, there is a reason for that! The side effects are not pleasant, and while there are many medications to help control all of these side effects, it seems like each one causes another side effect of its own. But, I am DONE with that! My last four treatments will be different, and should be easier on my body – Praise the Lord!
During this process, college roommates, churches around the Central Virginia area, complete strangers, childhood friends, people I met once or twice about 10 years ago, coworkers (both of mine and Andrew’s), and so many more, have reached out to me and are praying for me. Me! I have even learned that hearing about my story has helped others make decisions about taking care of their own health. That is incredible. That is God.
That makes it possible to trust in His plan and focus on the GOOD. That, and my sweet, helpful, precious, willing to do anything support network of family and friends. Cancer sucks. But I’m growing, in faith and as a person. There are growing pains, but I’m still growing.

 

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Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12

October 8, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Nancy Biscoe - So touching…..my tears are shed for you. Love and admire you so much.

October 8, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Edna M. Moubray - Continuing to pray for you and your family!! Drawing closer to God will always help!! My husband had his left kidney and a grapefruit sized tumor removed in July and it has brought him closer to God and helped us to grow closer!! Friends and family can be so supportive and you find out there is so much good left in this world when strangers want to help out, too!!!

October 8, 2014 - 1:47 pm

Kathy Woodcock - STAY STRONG! Wishing you all the best!!!

October 8, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Sandy Robertson Diehl - You are so amazing and such an inspiration! God is good and I’m glad you are keeping the Faith!

October 8, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Nancy Boyd Wagner - My circle of pray goes around you each day….

October 8, 2014 - 2:18 pm

Linda Wieland - Love this final scripture!! You look so beautiful and I’m filled with admiration for you!

October 8, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Chelli A Lilly - Thinking of you and praying for you and your family through this difficult journey! Hugs!

October 8, 2014 - 2:44 pm

Deborah Woodward - Love you Ashlie.

October 8, 2014 - 3:37 pm

Iva Harrison - U are in my prayers I have seen your story and it never dawned on me until I went and seen my grandparents that we knew each other as kids swimming at my grandmother Peggy and granddaddy jays house

October 8, 2014 - 4:05 pm

Eleanor Green - Know you are loved and prayed for. Keep fighting and growing. As you said God is good and always there, especially during those dark days.

October 8, 2014 - 4:35 pm

Andy N Donna Taylor - Thinking about you Ashlie. Stay strong!

October 8, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Sandra Childs Tucker - You’re such an inspiration, Ashlie. You are beating this thing more and more every day!

October 8, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Lisa Bailey - You and your family are in my daily Prayers. God is working through you to reach others… He chose you for a special mission. .. He will get you through. .. Love. .. Stay positive! !! Louisa is behind you and proud of you. ..

October 8, 2014 - 9:30 pm

Andrea Tysinger Smith - Ashlie, you look absolutely beautiful! I have prayed so very hard and will continue to do so! I am on a ‘Relay-for-Life’ team and would love to have you attend our walk-for-life in May if you would like to.

October 8, 2014 - 9:31 pm

Andrea Tysinger Smith - Ashlie, you look absolutely beautiful! I have prayed so very hard and will continue to do so! I am on a ‘Relay-for-Life’ team and would love to have you attend our walk-for-life in May if you would like to.

October 8, 2014 - 9:58 pm

Phyllis Hughes Smith - Ash, I continue to say prayers for you as is Kelly. We talk of you daily. Love you girl.

October 8, 2014 - 11:48 pm

Terry Milam - Amazing strong lady!

October 9, 2014 - 12:19 am

Abigail Ripley - I love you sweet amazing girl! This too shall pass and you will be healthy and happy and cancer free. God has you in the palm of His hand.

October 9, 2014 - 2:15 am

Danielle MacCauley Rollins - …plans to prosper you and not to harm you <3 praying for you!

October 9, 2014 - 2:24 am

Becky Morris Wilson - You are amazing and gorgeous. Your strength shines. God bless you and your family!!

Ashlie, Round 3~ {Ashlie’s Journey}

*If you have just started following Ashlie and her battle, please read these posts first~

Preparing for battle~

Round 1~

Round 2~

As many of you know, Ashlie wanted to document this journey for her daughter Carsen since she is too young to know what is really going on at the moment. One day she will be able to see what a true hero her mommy is.

As always, I want this to be about Ashlie.  I feel privileged to be an eyewitness to what a rock star she and am proud to call her friend.

So here are Ashlie’s feeling about losing her hair~

The Great Head Shave

 

I decided that I would feel better about losing my hair if I was in control, so when it started to fall out (more quickly each day it seemed), I made plans to shave it. I had completed two rounds of chemo and it was time. My sweet husband offered to do the honors.
Determined to keep it positive and fun, I gathered some dear friends (on short notice) and called it a “Head Shaving Party.”  I cried anyway. I think a lot of us did. But I don’t think I would rather have done it any other way. I felt surrounded by love and support.
I was most afraid that Carsen wouldn’t recognize me. It leaves me heartbroken that she doesn’t have 100% of her mom right now. I wish she knew even a fraction of how much I love her. She seemed a little confused when the shaving began, and a little upset. But then she sat on my lap, and when it was done, she gave me a kiss. I have never felt such relief.
I HAVE to devote 100% to the fight so I can be 100% her mom for many years to come.
Now she likes to touch my head, wig, scarves. It makes her giggle. It’s all going to be ok.

 

“For God gave us not a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy1:7

 

ashlie hair collage***Don’t forget that October is national breast cancer awareness month. Please give yourself an exam, no matter what age, color, shape, or size you are. If have any doubt, see your doctor. Early detection is key! DO IT!

October 6, 2014 - 1:10 am

Lori Holmes - This is such an inspiring story! I will continue to pray for you and your family! I am finished with my journey and will continue to go for follow up appointments.

October 6, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Sherri Bowling Fletcher - Pray for you Ashley

Family fun~ {Ashland, Virginia Child and Family Photographer}

A few years ago I did engagement photos for Kim and John.  I was so excited to see them again last weekend and meet their sweet daughter Savannah!

Savannah was not into posing for me, so we all got in a nice workout running around their yard:)  She then quickly lost interest in me and my camera at all…until we took her down to the river.

Check out the photos at the end of the post…lol!

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October 3, 2014 - 9:41 pm

Cindy Rae Day - Awesome pics!!!

October 3, 2014 - 9:46 pm

Lisa J Watkins Henley - They are really cute pictures!

October 3, 2014 - 10:13 pm

Joy Stone Johnson - Beautiful pictures of a beautiful family!