as told by her friend, Donna
Up until June of this year Ashleigh was a healthy vibrant 20
year old that worked full time and attended college full time.
She found a lump on her right shoulder at the end of April and
saw her primary MD and a surgeon and was diagnosed with a cyst
on her shoulder. The surgeon ordered an MRI but she was unable
to lay flat for it and when she went back to the surgeon he
ordered an emergency CT. That day we found out she had
Lymphoma. She then had a needle biopsy and was admitted to the
ICU due to difficulty breathing. She spent a week in the
hospital, had an open biopsy and then 2 days later was started
on chemotherapy with a diagnosis of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.
As of today she has completed her 3rd round of chemo. She
will receive 6 rounds of chemo three weeks apart and then will
have a bone marrow transplant and radiation. We will have to
travel to Columbus Ohio for the bone marrow transplant. That
will be tough for her since she will not be able to see her
friends for several weeks. She is being admitted to the
hospital for rounds three through six of her chemotherapy due
to potential side effects. The nurses will keep a close eye on
her kidney and liver function as the medication she receives can
be damaging to both.
Ashleigh finds it challenging to be in the hospital receiving
her chemo. She is very active and enjoys spending time with her
friends , going out to eat, and going to movies. She has been
very strong through this journey. She has good days and bad
days of course like anyone does that has a life threatening
She is a Christian and knows God is in control. She recently
has had a more difficult time dealing with her illness.
Feelings of anger, grief, sadness, and frustration. I cannot
imagine how she feels being so young and having to deal with
something so serious.
We appreciate your thoughtfulness during this
Comments: Favorite color is lime green. Right now her sense of
smell is very sensitive. Most smells make her nauseated. She
loves texting, communicating on Facebook, watching movies ,
hanging out with her friends, going out to eat, and having her
nails done and going to movies.