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Ashli Update — Please Help

May 8, 2009 | 12 Comments

Thank you for your prayers for our friend Ashli McCall.   Please continue to pray for her.

Today Ashli is busy preparing for her beautiful daughter’s fifth birthday.  She hopes to celebrate many more of those birthdays, and birthdays for her son as well.  She hopes to dance at their weddings.  

But right now she faces the future with great fear and uncertainty.  After  testing raised concerns regarding her adrenal function, she underwent a CAT scan. On Wednesday, the results indicated a 1.8 centimeter growth on the tail of her pancreas.  Tests are continuing and no firm diagnosis has yet been made.  She does not know whether it is benign, pre-cancerous or malignant.  

At a follow-up visit yesterday afternoon, the doctor somewhat hopefully indicated that he didn’t think that she was a “Michael Landon or a Patrick Swayze.”  He said that there was calcification, which is present in only approximately 20% of cancerous tumors, but it is not clear whether that means that the odds are 80% against malignancy.  The doctors are currently reviewing her medical history, particularly with respect to hyperemesis, to shed light on her condition.  She will meet with a specialist on Monday regarding the scheduling of an endoscopic ultrasound and other matters. 

She will also undergo further testing with regard to the adrenal issue.  The doctors have indicated that they would like to  clarify the nature of that problem before going forward with any surgery (if necessarY) to avoid the need for multiple surgeries.  Ashli is concerned about the potential delay involved with that approach.

That is all we know at this juncture.  We are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.   Ashli has asked to me to share this information with you, and encourages you to share it with others and seek their prayers.  

She would also welcome any information or advice you could offer regarding doctors, hospital and treatment programs.  After over a decade of tireless research and advocacy for women with hyperemesis, she is simply spent.  This new mountain that has suddenly appeared at her feet is one she does not even want to look at, much less climb.  She needs others to carry her over it.   Please help.


12 Responses to “Ashli Update — Please Help”

  1. Helen
    May 8th, 2009 @ 4:15 pm

    No advice. But I am offering prayers.

  2. Christina
    May 8th, 2009 @ 5:43 pm


  3. Lily
    May 8th, 2009 @ 5:46 pm

    Well, she doesn’t have to climb that mountain herself. Jesus will carry her and we will help!

  4. Carla
    May 8th, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

    Thank you for the update, RT!
    Praying for you and yours, Ashli!!

  5. Melissa
    May 8th, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

    Praying – and she’s got LOTS praying!!! She’s got a whole army of brothers and sisters interceding for her. Tell her to just rest in God’s arms right now. We’ve got her back. :) OXOXOXOXO

  6. Holy Land
    May 9th, 2009 @ 9:24 am

    Our prayers are with Ashli. We lit a candle for Ashli McCall at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. God bless.

  7. K T Cat
    May 10th, 2009 @ 8:39 am

    We’re praying for her.

  8. Alexa
    May 10th, 2009 @ 12:16 pm

    Praying for you, Ashli and hoping for the best. Thanks for keeping us updated, TRT.

  9. Erin
    May 11th, 2009 @ 11:13 am

    Oh, Lord! She’s been through so much already! Thanks for letting everyone know.

  10. Ashli
    May 12th, 2009 @ 8:27 am

    Thank you so much, everyone. Please do not stop praying. Please do not forget about my humble little family. My 5-year-old thinks I hung the moon; she is joined to my hip. I hate to think how difficult losing me would be for her especially. Please pray that I will dance, in the flesh, at my children’s weddings.

    Words cannot express my gratitude and desperation for your prayers.

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