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Ashton's Breast Cancer Fund

$33,181 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 428 people in 9 months
Created February 4, 2018
My sister, Ashton, was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma after having a tumor removed from her breast in early January. Upon further review of pathology, it was determined that it had spread to her bones. On January 17th, 2018 she was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer (Stage IV).

At 17 years old, there is a 1 in 1 million chance of developing breast cancer. That it would metastasize so quickly into another place in her body is almost unheard of at this age. The bones are considered the best place for it to go, and we have begun an aggressive quest to fight back.

The goal of this fund is to take the pressure of escalating medical costs off of our mother and her father, as well as to allow all personal efforts to be focused on Ashton and her treatment.

We appreciate your love and support.

#AshtonVFND


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In August, Ashton registered for her senior year of high school and was able to attend a couple of weeks of school until her anemia and decline in endurance led her in the direction of a Homebound Program. This program consists of a teacher going to her home and instructing her for two hours, twice a week. That same month, Ashton underwent radiation treatment for the cancer that metastasized into her bones. She had one treatment on her L3 and five treatments on her right hip.

This past Monday morning, she moved on to the final phase of radiation - undergoing 28 treatments on her chest. Ashton will have one treatment a day, Monday thru Friday, with weekends off.

Ashton goes to Advanced Body Works in Grapevine and uses medical massage therapy to ease the aches and pains that she feels primarily in her spine and hip. She also goes to the chiropractor once a week.

My mom is asking for strength, grace, and peace but above all, healing.
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Ashton completed 19 weeks of chemotherapy treatment. After her PET scan and MRI last month we were given some great news. Traces of cancer in her thoracic spine (T2) and the nodule in her lung had disappeared. Her lumbar spine (L3) tumor was significantly diminished on the scan, and her right axillary lymph node was reduced from 4cm to 1.9cm. Her hip bone lit up more so there is potentially more activity in that area, but it was reduced in size. Ashton was elated, to say the least.

She underwent a double mastectomy last Friday. The surgery went well and took less time than expected. She was examined by both surgeons and they are pleased with her progress so far. She was discharged on Sunday from the hospital and is now home focusing on healing. Her ability to move and range of motion is far beyond our expectations as well. We have to remind her to take it slow. Her next step is radiation after she’s healed from surgery.

Thank you for your continued support and love. It means a great deal to all of us.
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Tuesday was a great day. Ashton finished her 6 rounds of chemo treatments that took place over the last 19 weeks. We are all so proud of her.

My mom stated, "She showed us what determination and strength look like. How even when you feel completely broken down, you can still find some silly way to laugh. There were times she wanted to stop and make it go away, but then her resolve to live and make the best of her situation would take over. That is how she got through this. All the while she was doing homework, playing tennis when she could, going to lunch with friends attending parties (including prom), playing Top Golf and going to the the lake, staying out past a reasonable hour, getting mad and arguing, testing limits and being her genuine, empathetic, funny self."

She attended therapy throughout her chemo treatments and told her therapist that she wanted to work with her to find out how to deal with her new normal. She told my mom over and over again "I got this! I'm a big girl!"

We still have a long road ahead, but for now this is a great step. She's on her way to feeling better post treatment (chemo knocks you out), and taking one day at a time. Thank you all for the positive energy, healing thoughts, prayers, and well wishes. We are so grateful.

Love,
Teresita, Jordan, Hayden, and Dan
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Ashton’s white blood cell count is up to normal this week due to the Neulasta injection she received after her last treatment. We are very thrilled by its effectiveness. She’ll continue to receive the shot after each treatment. It helps boost white blood cell growth.

Her oncologist physically examined her and the remaining lump in her breast is much smaller than before. This means the chemo is working. This is our first time to see progress and we are so grateful.

We thank each of you for sending healing and postive vibes, for praying, and keeping us in your thoughts. There are no words to describe how much that means to us.

WFAA (channel 8) will be airing a special on Ashton tonight at 10pm CST. We are hoping this will raise awareness for starting self breast examination early on in life, just as Ashton did.
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Raised by 428 people in 9 months
Created February 4, 2018
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