My niece Ashley Jo Housel is one of the friendliest, sweet and strongest three year olds I know. She may be tiny but nothing about her personality suggest she is small in any way. She can carry on a conversation with any adult and play like the energizer bunny with her siblings and cousins.
On Friday, December 20 my sister (Monique) noticed that Ashley's leg appeared to be a bit swollen compared to the other and she seemed to very tender. Being a great mom, Monique instantly decided to take Ashley to the ER to get her leg checked. Once at the ER they noticed that Ashley had a mass (tumor) in her abdomen that was pushing against some of her viral organs. They immediately transferred to a near by children's hospital. Since then Ashley has undergone two biopsies, multiple MRI's, they have extracted bone marrow fluid and so much more. The wonderful doctors and nurses in the children's hospital are doing everything in their power to diagnose Ashley's tumor. They have determined to some degree that it may be cancer or the tumor may be cancerous. The surgeons have already implanted a port in Ashley's chest to start Chemo Therapy, but they cannot start treatment until they know exactly what they are treating. The Doctors and surgeons are hoping to know soon from her second biopsy that was performed on December 27.
Only a few days after the New Year the doctors found the same kind of mass in Samantha (Ashley's twin sister). Both girls are currently at Miami's Children Hospital under going procedures and treatment to get them better.
I have decided to start this donation site to help my sister and brother in law with the financial difficulties that come from having a child in the hospital. We are not sure at this time what exactly her insurance will cover and what other expenses may incur from her treatment. Our number one goal is to make sure Ashley comes home soon happy and healthy. Not only does my sister and brother in law have to emotionally work through having their baby in the hospital but they also have Ashley's twin sister Samantha and older brother's Damien and Joshua to care for. Thank god for our amazing family and friends for pulling together at this time to help as much as possible.
Through all these procedures this tough little girl has greeted her parents, siblings, family and friends with a smile on her face and laughter. She is my hero. I do not know many people that can undergo some many obstacles and still put a smile on their face. Being a mother to a three year old myself it's unimaginable to understand what my sister and brother in law are going through.
So please support my our page to help ease the mind of Ashley's parents of the financial burden, so that we can focus on the making sure Ashley gets all treatment and care possible so she can come home.
I will be keeping everyone updated as more information from the doctors are given to us.