A Miracle of Life: Ashley’s Incredible Journey

Mom’s right eye stops working after birth – then the doctor sees the unthinkable on radiograph

Cancer is an insidious and heart-wrenching disease that can strike anyone at any time. In the case of 26-year-old Ashley Hallford, her battle with cancer came at the worst possible moment in her life – during her pregnancy.

Ashley was happily married and eagerly expecting her first child with her husband. Life couldn’t have seemed more perfect. However, just one month into her pregnancy, she noticed a painful lump on the back of her head. Concerned, she decided to seek medical attention.

The doctors initially thought it was a salivary gland infection and provided her with treatment. At first, it seemed to help, but soon Ashley’s condition took a turn for the worse. The doctors then made a shocking discovery – the lump on her head was actually a symptom of an aggressive cancer that had already begun to spread throughout her body.

Given the urgency of her situation, Ashley needed immediate treatment. However, receiving chemotherapy while pregnant was not an option. The doctors made the difficult decision to extract the baby, hoping to save both Ashley and her son before it became too late. Little Harley was born in November 2007, after just 33 weeks, and to everyone’s relief, he was healthy.

Following the birth, Ashley started her cancer treatment, but her prognosis was grim. The cancer had spread rapidly, and the doctors gave her weeks to live. Ashley had to come to terms with the possibility that she might not see her son grow up. Despite the odds, she made the courageous decision to fight with everything she had. Her love for little Harley gave her the strength to keep going.

As the cancer spread to her brain, it began affecting a nerve, causing Ashley to lose the ability to open her right eye. The chemotherapy treatments also resulted in the loss of all her hair. Determined to beat the odds, Ashley underwent surgery to remove the cancer from her jaw and neck. However, just five weeks after the surgery, it was discovered that the cancer had spread to her liver and lungs. Time was running out.

High-dose chemotherapy became Ashley’s last hope. The doctors were unable to operate on the tumor in her brain, so chemo was her only chance for survival. Despite the overwhelming challenges she faced, Ashley tried to make the most of the time she had left. She captured countless moments through photographs, ensuring that her son would always have a visual reminder of their time together.

Then, against all odds, a miracle happened. In the summer of 2008, Ashley’s brain X-rays revealed that the cancer was completely gone. She had convinced herself that she would die, but suddenly, she had her life back.

But the story doesn’t end there. Despite being told that chemotherapy would make it impossible for her to have more children, Ashley defied the odds once again. Two years later, she became pregnant with her second child, who was born healthy. In 2016, she welcomed her third child into the world.

Today, Ashley is not only a cancer survivor but also the proud mother of three wonderful children. Her journey has taught her the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing our loved ones while we still have the chance.

Ashley’s incredible story is a reminder to us all that miracles do happen, and that life is a precious gift that can be taken away in an instant. Share this article if Ashley’s journey has touched your heart, and let us spread hope and inspiration to others who may be facing their own battles.

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