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Ashton's Breast Cancer Fund

$59,111 of $70,000 goal

Raised by 735 people in 16 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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From our mom, Teresita Mutis:
"My sweet and beautiful little chica..
I’ve always told her that I love her to infinity and beyond. She is my soulmate and she has the biggest heart. She made me promise to stick around for her brother and her sister because they need me. I promised I will and told her that she will always be with me. She took her last breath surrounded by so much love.

Forever in my heart ❤️
December 21, 2000 - April 5, 2019
Celebration of Life
Place: Lamar High School Cafeteria
1400 W. Lamar Blvd
Arlington, Texas 76012
Date: Monday, April 8
Time: 6-8pm
Dress: Casual, come as you are"

____________________


From Ashton's brother and sister:
"If you wish, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to this Go Fund Me to cover the burden of additional medical costs our mom will incur."
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On Sunday, March 17th Ashton went back to the ER. Over the following five days she received two blood transfusions, a nutrition consultation and care at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital.

After discussion, her oncologist recommended stopping treatment. Last Friday, she was released from the hospital. Arrangements were made for her to go to our mom’s, her home, with the help of Encompass Home Health and Hospice.

Right now, focus is on Ashton’s pain management and comfort. We appreciate the support, prayers and love.

-Jordan
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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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Raised by 735 people in 16 months
Created February 4, 2018
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