Second post of the day……before I start to feel too ill. Click here to see the one from earlier.
I’m usually not supposed to have visitors stay in the infusion center because the nurses need to get around……but today they let Perry stay. She kept taking secret photos though and sending them to me…..like one as I returned from the bathroom:
I told the nurses that the doctors will be glad I’m not there all day anymore…..since I am always having them take photos and check out things I’m writing about. I won’t be distracting them anymore.
Justin stopped by after caddying for our friend Meaghan in her first round at the Kraft Nabisco Championship:
I stayed until almost 6pm to get an extra bag of fluid today. It was probably my longest day yet! But surprisingly it turned out to be my last day of chemo as long as I’m tested weekly for any signs of tumors remaining. I feel really good about Dr. L and my compromise on chemo and that I’ll finally get a break! All the nurses got together and had a little impromptu celebration as I left. It was so cute. Bring on the sick days because I’ll be feeling better soon enough! Only a few rough days ahead.
I am praying for you and praying you don’t feel too bad this weekend.
Heheh I love the secret photos!
Happy last day of chemo! 🙂
You prayed for a snow day but didn’t get it… YOU GOT A BLIZZARD!!! Congrats on your last day! Keep up the amazing attitude!
Congrats on getting better to take a break! What program are you using for these pics? Love the Polaroid look and writing!
stephanie corfee says
i love reading the words “last day of chemo”. i could cry those words are so full of hopefulness for what will be a beautiful future.
You did it! You did it! You did it! And were amazing every step of the way. Congrats, Ash. I’ll celebrate with a donut for you tomorrow. Love to all of you….Baxter
I really enjoy reading your blog. My mom passed way from breast cancer almost four years ago. Although I was there with her the whole time at all the dr apt’s and treatments she never really shared how she was feeling. Your posts give me a little insight into a world I couldn’t/can’t really understand. Thank you! I am so greatful to you.
I’m so glad you are done with chemo. I hope it got all those little suckers and you are on the road to good health!
Lovely to read “last day of chemo” … you inspire me.
Léanne :) says
Congratulations on your last day!!! Prayers & healing vibes sent your way!! Let the feeling good begin (well after these next few days anyway… ;( ), you deserve it! You are truly inspiring! 🙂
So happy for you! I got my Choose Joy bracelets in the mail today – I take that as a positive sign!
Amy p says
I adore these pics of perry out there! My girl abby just got her CT scan results that she just has to do radiation and the tumor shrunk dramatically so prayers said that you have that result or better. Lots of love and prayers sent your way!!!
This makes me so happy! You have been through so much in the past year, you deserve a serious break. Wishing you lots of happiness, good luck, and no more cancer. 🙂
I am so happy for you! You have had quite the fight and are one bad a$$ survivor!
Lisa Lisa says
May your time away from chemo be peaceful and joyful, my fellow cancer survivor! You have such a positive attitude, and that plays a big part in your recovery. I got a kick out of your medical bloopers (I was a medical transcriptionist for many years). Thanks for the laugh 🙂
Kelly white says
Congrats and I will b praying for u. I have trigeminal neuralgia accute and you are an inspiration as to the fact I cannot give up because I lucky to have such a great husband and 3 kids. It’s hard and suicide has come up many many times but somehow I push through. I read you everyday and I only wish the best!!! U deserve it! I have been trying to get the choose joy necklace and I keep waiting to see when it comes up. I think it’s a great reminder. I think that they are helping with your bills is great. I know I will be paying for the rest of my life and I am sure you are bogged down with them and that’s the last thing u need to stress about. Much love to u and your family.
Debbie B says
I am sorry to hear about the accute TN. I, too, suffer from TN, both atypical and typical, unilateral, partial success with gamma knife. Ashley’s attitude has been a Godsend for me. Even though TN is usually a life long battle, I read Ashley’s posts and see what cool project she has been doing, while walking her path and I find that it helps my journey a little easier. So always Choose Joy Kelly. Gentle hugs for you.
i’ve got a necklace and it is now yours….send me an email (email@example.com) with your address and it will be on its way.
lotsa love and prayers,
Ruby Lynn says
So glad that this is the last one for you. Did a happy dance in the condo (all 680 sq. ft. lol) The Hawaiian Gods have been praying along as well, hey had to call in everyone. 🙂
Prayers, healing light coming your way that the next few days won’t be too bad. Let the enema bags do their thing. (Wrinkling my nose)
Ash you are truly a hero. You’ve made me a better person. Today was a long day, I’ve had to increase meds that make me very sick, nauseous and dizzy. Our sweet 2 year old miracle refused to nap. My sweetie worked a 14 hour day. I thought about your always joyful spirit, how I owe it to the women who have died from my disease to live each day. How I have to honor those who have lost their lives trying to bring children into this world, by soaking up the moments I have with my girl, and wonder why I lived. My heart is so full and happy for you tonight!!!!
Oh my goodness. congratulations! i wish you the best health. you rock!
Megan Armstrong says
Big SmileS *_*
Sallie Shapiro says
May this be the LAST you ever have to see of tumors or chemo! Wishing you beautiful , healthy days ahead! xox
Yay! Last day of Chemo! Praying that the drugs and your amazing attitude did their job. We will keep you in our prayers as you get your weekly blood tests. May this be the last you see of tumors and chemo. 🙂
I hope that you are back up and running on full speed soon – though I can’t imagine what that must look like…I only found your blog this fall. You have amazing energy and spirit! Congrats! What wonderful news!
Patricia Blomeley-Maddigan says
Joy! Joy! Joy!! You don’t have to choose it, it is right there with you!!
Debbie B says
Wahoo for you and all of your loved ones. Praying that your weekly blood tests will just become minor inconviences. Thank you for being such an inspiration.
Doing the Snoopy Dance in the desert in honor of Ashley’s last day of chemo.
Congratulations!!!!! What a great way to END your chemo!!!! Sisterly love!
So very very happy for you Ashley!!!
May God bless you with joy and health in the future. Celebrating with you as you begin your new life of being a survivor!!
Carol Passeno says
So happy for you and your family, this has been a long journey for you. I check your blog daily for updates on your progress. You are always smiling and look so positive. If there is power in prayers, I think with all of your family and friends praying for you, and choosing joy, this will be the last chemo you will have to endure. I will keep praying for you Ashley!!!
what a very special day, you have gone at this beast with vengeance and made all of the right choices for YOU! My prayer for you now is that scans will be clear and next year you celebrate 03/29 as a year anniversary of being chemo and cancer free! I remember the first year we got to celebrate that with my son, and this November 17th will be the 7th! Be well ((hugs))
Chris k says
May this be your last day of chemo forever! You are amazing. You are a gift of inspiration! May god bless you!
Kitty Schaefer says
I am so glad there is an end in sight, I know you are gonna feel really bad for a few days and hope that’s it. Next week you can start kicking behind and I thank God for that. I can’t wait to see where you go from here awesome, I will continue to pray 🙂
Ashlee Tomes says
I am so happy for you that you get a break! I am praying that it’s a permanent one! I continue to LOVE reading your blog every day. You crack me up and truly inspire me with your positive attitude. Thank you!! Oh, and by the way (I had commented on your Ric Flair post), my husband and I took our two boys to WWE SmackDown last Saturday night and had front row seats! I thought of you because I reverted back to my childhood and loved it as much as the boys!!! Have a GREAT day!! 🙂
Congrats on the last day of chemo! Your attitude through this whole thing has been simply amazing. Thanks for the blog updates and for showing everyone that trials can be gotten through with a smile on our faces. You are such an incredible inspiration to me!
Excited beyond words for you!!
lisa jack says
So excited for you, Ash! Yay to the power of gazillions of ppl coming together in prayer!
What a special day!
I saw this online today and thought of you.
You’re such an inspiration. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.
That is wonderful! ! I hope you never have to go through chemo again!!! Thank-you for your updates!! They are inspiring. And lift my spirits as I go through chemo too.congratulations!
I think I heard fireworks going off for the big end of chemo celebration. Congratulations, Ashley.
I’ve been checking in on you for months, but have never commented. I felt the need now to recommend medicinal mushrooms. my dad had a very dangerous type of cancer (adrenal gland), but the use of medicinal mushrooms has really helped him and he is in remission. he uses a TCM mushroom extract blend from Japan that I don’t know the brand of this moment, but he also uses products from http://www.mushroomscience.com/
– I recommend their pills more than others because the key is that the pills are a mushroom powder that is hot water extracted, so basically the ‘pills’ are a condensed TEA, as opposed to many pills which are inferior.
you could also buy the herbs bulk – reishi, chaga, etc- note they tea is bitter. I like that sort of thing, most people don’t.
the 3 most important medicinal mushrooms for cancer are 1. reishi, 2. chaga 3. maitake.
reishi specifically raises your natural killer T cells which destroy cancer.
I know you are overloaded with ‘natural cures’ so I have hesitated to share this with you-but it is such important information for anyone with cancer.. my mom had a dog with cancer, and started giving the dog paul stamets “mushrooms for pets”, and the dog is still alive years later.
those are my only 2 personal experiences with cancer, but I have also read many case studies by medical professionals who highly recommend medicinal mushrooms to fight cancer (along with a good diet, some exercise, and avoiding sugar)
feel free to email me and I would be happy to share details,t I know you are probably sick of thinking about more natural cures…still…please do it anyway!
jean smith says
Hi There! These pictures look familiar….my husband has had one round of chemo for lung cancer….wishing you all the best and you are beautiful! Today was a stick-in-your-thouth kind of day here….my hubby is starting to lose his hair….gave us a both a sick feeling that this is REALLY real….but you know all about that….keep on fighting the good fight and we will do the same! Jean
So happy for you that your chemo ordeal is over! Your positive attitude and spirit are amazing! Best of health to you!
Cindy Click says
I bet you feel like you have a new lease on life. Here’s too being cancer free, feeling good, enjoying life and a beautiful head of hair.
Prayers and hugs,
Meredith M. says
Praying for healing. Glad you get a break!
This truly is nothing shy of a miracle. I know God has touched you and I am rejoicing with you! I am continuing to pray that all cancer is not only gone from your body but also that it will never return in Jesus Christ’s name.
What a powerful testimony of God’s faithfulness and love. Thank you for sharing it!!
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
Cheyenne Renard says
I was praying that this would be your LAST ONE EVER EVER chemo treatment. YOu do ROCK and after ur feeling much better u have to get out and do some things like come visit me in Henderson Nevada or should i say VIVA LAS VEGAS and we will relax by the pool and take your little one to do some fun things i would love for you to come and just relax you could ofcourse invite your sister since there are so many golf courses here Think about it and your welcome from one survivor to another. I know god has blessed you with the miracle of life so make sure you tell him every day thank you , iknow you would any way but we some time forget to when we are feeling better guilty of it my self at times. You go girl and have a great weekend know im so thrilled to hear the good news and am here for you and am cheering you on ok doll go enjoy the urban decay and be well God Bless you and your family love to you and yours remember u Rock love Cheyenne let me know your snail mail or i will come to Palm Desert and bring you some goodies so happy today after reading about the great news woooo hoooooo awoooooo
Congratulations, Ashley! I’m wishing you a looooong life of happiness and good health!
Thank you for sharing your journey with us. My husband and I both went to Wake, just a few years after you. Though we’ve never met, I have learned a lot from you about joy and gratitude. My husband has stage IV cancer, at the age of 29, and it is an unbelievably difficult road. When I find myself struggling to choose joy, I visit your site and come away motivated to make the most of the days we have left.
I wish you all the best.
Yahooo!!!! I’m so happy for you. We’ll continue to pray that those numbers stay down!!!! I’m also praying that your body bounces back to full health quickly.
If you don’t mind, would you pray for me? The drs. have suspected for about a year that I have lyme disease. I’ve been tested and treated for a host of other things in the past year. But, back to the lyme thing we are. I started a holistic lyme treatment on Thurs. Like you, I’m not a “rest” sort of person. Sick is not my word! Prayers would be extremely coveted, as I go through a treatment that will possibly make me feel worse before I’m feeling better. 😉
Ashley, I am so happy for you and proud of you for making it through your treatments! Congratulations! I hope you enjoy spending time with your sister and family and enjoy getting healthier and feeling better every day. I continue to keep you and your family in my prayers. 🙂
Kim Rhodes says
So glad to hear that it was your last day of chemo. YEAH!!! GO ASHLEY!!!