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.



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


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