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Ashton's Breast Cancer Fund

$42,757 of $70,000 goal

Raised by 518 people in 12 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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Ashton went to the ER last week for the third time in past few months in excruciating pain. She also had to receive her fifth blood transfusion due to a depletion of hemoglobin.

The cause of Ashton’s excruciating pain:

The tumor on the right side of her pelvis has grown into nerves and soft tissue at her SI joint. This progression was missed because Ashton has expanders with magnets in her breast and an MRI could not be performed when she started to experience severe back pain during her last radiation treatment back in Oct-Nov 2018.

It has grown enough to be picked up by a CT scan that was performed yesterday while in the ER at Baylor Grapevine. That discovery and discussion were made during their tumor conference on Thursday mornings by Dr. Jordan (Oncologist) and Dr. Tomberlin (Radiation Oncologist).

The money raised last year went to great use. It contributed to the following:
+ Personal deductible, $2500
+ Out of pocket maximum, $6500
+ 480hrs unpaid FMLA for our mom
+ 80hrs of undertime not covered by FMLA for our mom
+ Medical massage therapy at Advanced Body Works, $600+
+ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, $80 once a week

My mom had to take out a 10k loan to cover the remaining dues.

This year, they are starting out with a 9k bill to meet their out of pocket minimum and deductible. They are also needing to pay for the ambulance and hospital bills from this year, both of which may not be fully covered after they meet their out of pocket.

We have a goal this year to match what we raised last year. My mom can use all of the help we can provide.

Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers,
Jordan
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Last week, we received PET scan results to evaluate what type of response Ashton had to chemotherapy and radiation. We are disappointed by the results - her disease has spread to her lungs and liver. Areas of her hip and spine have also increased, as has the disease in her lymph nodes. This past weekend was the worst experience Ashton's had with pain. My mom took her to the ER and her pain is now under control.

Ashton has had three blood transfusions in the past month. She received a CT scan which showed no disease in her brain (which we are so happy about), but a confirmation of the disease spreading in her lumbar spine and lymph nodes.

She began a new round of chemotherapy on Wednesday 12/6. A silver lining was that her pain medicine kept her from remembering her chemo treatment.

She and my mom are trying to rest and find the things that bring Ashton joy - including spending time with family and friends. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and support.

- Jordan
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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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Raised by 518 people in 12 months
Created February 4, 2018
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