Seems like such a long time since I did my last update. Ashley began her 2nd round of chemo yesterday. Physically, she's holding up remarkably well. She's mostly tired and still doesn't have a big appetite, but at least she's eating. She has, of course, lost her hair by now.....but still looks great with her assortment of wigs & scarves. Her blood tests show Ash is dehydrated and a little anemic, so we've added iron & more pedialyte (sp?) to her supplement regimen.
Emotionally & psychologically, she is often quite drained and frustrated. She has been dealing with various people at the state & county agencies for disability, unemployment, and medi-Cal. Seems like she's got caught up in this weird, unending conundrum! Because she is trying to bring some normalcy back to her life, Ash has been working a few hours (no more than 8-10) a week at Simply Spa. She isn't working on clients, just covering the counter, phones, etc. However, because there are still so many health restrictions from the chemo, she unfortunately lost her job at Friends of Cats. When she notified Disability that she had returned to work, they cancelled her whopping $23/day. When she notified EDD that she lost her job at FOC, they said she was not eligible for unemployment benefits because she was only willing to work part-time. (Remember--she used to work 6 days a week between the 2 jobs prior to her cancer bombshell!) And when she applied for medi-Cal they just flat turned her down! Have you ever tried calling any of those agencies???? It's way worse than dealing with the DMV--sorry Jack, Chuck & Sonia! Sometimes Ashley would call nonstop only to reach a constant busy signal or if she did get through, she'd literally be on hold for 3 hours and then be magically cut off! Very FRUSTRATING!
But my Boo Boo is a fighter---so she got up at 5:30 this morning, got ready for her spa job and determinedly drove herself to the closest EDD office. She figured she'd sit there until she had to go to the spa job at 3 pm. Fortunately, Ashley was the first one through the doors this morning and at least got her disability benefits reinstated. She still has to go to other offices to talk to a person face to face about unemployment benefits & medi-Cal. She'll face that another day!
On a much brighter note, there have been two wonderful fund raisers done in her honor in the past 2-3 weeks, which have really raised Ashley's spirits.....First, my amazing sister, Mickie, sold ovarian cancer awareness bracelets at her work. The generosity of her title company co-workers and real estate associates was heart warming and unbelievable! Then, Bellus Academy/Cosmetology Schools held an Ashley Moore Day at all 3 locations and the outpouring of love and support from the staff, students and clients was absolutely incredible. Many of you were able to participate in these events. Ashley and I want you to know how much we appreciate everything that has been done for her. So far, several family members and close friends and co-workers, as well has numerous kind individuals we've never met, have all very generously contributed to Ashley's cancer fund or held fundraisers on her behalf since her devastating diagnosis. We want to give each of you a gi-nornous hug!
Ashley has a great picture of herself and her oncologist, Dr. Bahador, and we took a few more pix during chemo yesterday. Hopefully, Ashley will post those for me, since I am so technologically challenged. Well, that's it for now. I'll update you next week. Love and appreciation to everyone! -anna bartlett
sidenote from ashley:
i haven't been feeling well since my last chemo treatment which included the carboplatin and taxol medications. i'm not sure if it's the steroids or the medications that have been making me feel ill, but i'm doing my best to take all my supplements, eat whenever i can, stay hydrated and try to rest. thank you all for your unwavering support and understanding! xoxo, ashley.