Amy Ashby's Breast Cancer Battle

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Raised by 103 people in 48 months
Hi Everyone! First of all, thank you so much for reading my story. Even if you can't donate money, your thoughts and prayers mean so much to me. I will admit that this feels weird to me to ask for financial help in this crazy time in my life, but we are at a point where we are really struggling to make ends meet and this seems to be a wonderful way to share my story and gain some support. 

My name is Amy Ashby and I am 40 years old. My husband is a police officer and I am a nurse and we are raising three amazing teenagers. On July 5, I woke up and noticed a rather large lump inside of my right breast. Now I can tell you that this lump was not there the day before.  We had been painting the kids bedrooms that weekend and I must have hurt it somehow and it caused a bruise. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. I went to work the next day and the doctor I work for thought I should have a mammogram and ultrasound. Needless to say, after numerous tests and studies, I was diagnosed with triple positive breast cancer by that Friday. 

Triple positive breast cancer is a rare, aggressive form of breast cancer and the treatment is quite different than other breast cancers. As well, the chance of recurrence with this type is extremely high. My tumor is growing very fast and in fact had grown in just one week between the mammogram and the MRI. I have been so blessed to have an amazing team of doctors, nurses and support so far in my journey. I will start my first round of 18 weeks of chemotherapy tomorrow. The chemotherapy is very aggresive as well to treat this rare cancer.

Honestly, if I was just facing breast cancer, I would probably not have done this but this isn't the only medical "journey" my family has experienced. My husband was diagnosed with a rare blood clotting disorder 4 years ago. Since then he has been in and out of the hospital and doctors office on a regular basis. Last July, he had a seizure while he was sleeping and his heart stopped. I performed CPR until the paramedics arrived at our home. Our 3 teenagers were with me and experienced seeing their dad not breathing and me performing CPR. This was super traumatic for our family and quite frankly, we are still recovering. Thankfully, he is doing ok now but this last year has been an incredible time of doctor visits, tests and healing. The medical bills for my husband have reached an impossible amount and we struggle to try to pay some on these each month. Now that I have breast cancer and will be missing so much work, our financial future seem very scary.

The cost of this treatment is mind blowing and even the medication needed to help with nausea is $200 every three weeks. That is after insurance. I do have medical insurance which I'm thankful for but my out of pocket expense is still 20%. Each chemo treatment is $9000. Yikes!!! I have chemo for 5 months, surgery and then another 6 months of a special targeted medication. That totals 1 year of missing days of work, recovering and paying 20% of all the treatments.

I am still thankful to God for all of the blessings he has provided me. I love my husband and kids. God has given me a strong, positive personality and I know He is in control of my life. I trust Him to provide for us during this time. Thank you again for reading my story and sharing in my journey. I will begin posting pictures from all of my treatments and anything of interest along the way. 

God Bless you all!
Amy Ashby
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Hi Everyone! I'm so happy to say that I am done with radiation!!! For some reason, I had a really tough time with this and am so thankful its over. I'm getting my Herceptin today and still have this every 3 weeks till July but this is nothing compared to what I had to go through before.
Life has certainly been progressing. I've been back to work since January 18th and I love my new job. I'm definitely more tired and sore than I've ever been before and am usually in bed by 9:30pm each night. I'm a nite owl so thats weird. I'm ever thankful for all of the love and support you all have shown this past year. I now have friends and acquaintances who are battling Cancer and it helps to know I can encourage them as you have me.
Love you all! XOXO- Amy
Herceptin today with some hair coming back
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Day #1 of a years worth of Herceptin. It feels so weird to be back in this chair. Happy Friday!!
Herceptin
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Well, I cried today. A lot. Its too long of a story but I will say that getting radiation sucks for me! I thought this was going to be easy. Sigh
Strength in Weakness
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I am incredibly blessed! God is still using you to encourage me and I'm incredibly thankful. The first week of my new job was fantastic. Tomorrow I meet with my radiation oncologist and will probably start radiation on Wednesday. I'll post a picture soon. Love you all! XOXO-Amy
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Martha Bell
39 months ago

So good to hear from you, Amy!! Sounds like the worst is over!! Continued prayers for you and your family!!

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Martha Bell
44 months ago

Continued prayers for you and your family,Amy!!

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Beckie Everett Goudy
44 months ago

You will definitely be in my Prayers. As soon as possible, I will send a donation to help you. God Bless You Amy. I am Mark Haueter's Mom

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Marie Vickaryous
42 months ago

We wish you speedy recovery and all the best for this new year.

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Kristina Jones
45 months ago

Prayers for you and your family.

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Gary and Diane Fetters
46 months ago

We are praying for you and your family, Amy!

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Sandy & Bruce Bracken
46 months ago

Our prayers are with you and your family in this time of temporary testing. Love, Sandy & Bruce

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46 months ago
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Mike & Wendy McCarty
46 months ago

We're praying for you and your family. God bless!

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Joyce Medicus
46 months ago

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Kick but girl.

Martha Bell
39 months ago

So good to hear from you, Amy!! Sounds like the worst is over!! Continued prayers for you and your family!!

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Martha Bell
44 months ago

Continued prayers for you and your family,Amy!!

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Beckie Everett Goudy
44 months ago

You will definitely be in my Prayers. As soon as possible, I will send a donation to help you. God Bless You Amy. I am Mark Haueter's Mom

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