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2009 June

Up and Around

June 30, 2009 | 11 Comments

Ashli taking a stroll following today’s good news:

Good News!

June 30, 2009 | 8 Comments

I just received this message from Ashli’s brother Shane:

Hello All,
Ashli’s doctor came back and gave her the results of the pathology report.  It was a neuroendocrine tumor but looks as though it was non-aggressive.  They are still doing a couple of studies to verify this but he feels like her chance for a completely cured recovery is in the 90% or more range.
Also of note, the NG tube is out.  Ashli’s mood has improved by about 100%.
I’ll try to get her to do another video tonight, but wanted to share this news now.

Thank you all for your prayers!

Special Prayer Request from Ashli

June 30, 2009 | 10 Comments

Hey, all. It’s Ash. Not feeling well enough to type one of my usual long missives, but I wanted to write real quick and thank everyone for praying for me and my family. I am praying for all of you daily.

We were told we would probably be able to get the results on the nature of the tumor 72 working hours after the surgery, but that didn’t pan out. Then we were told that we would most likely have them on Monday, but that also didn’t pan out. This morning the doctor seemed a little curious as to why it is taking so long and said he would check on the results again today. I’m getting increasingly worried. I also don’t understand why it’s taking so long.

Please pray for very conclusive, very benign results. Please appeal to our Father over and over and over again until we get word.

I am hanging in there and hope all of you are doing well. Thank you, everyone, for everything.

More later.

Much love,

Midnight Message

June 29, 2009 | 12 Comments

To relieve her pain and nausea, the doctors yesterday re-inserted Ashli’s nasogastric tube. Although this was not unexpected given the usual downs of recovery from such traumatic surgery, the procedure is not a pleasant experience. By midnight, however, she felt well enough to sign you the following message:

Message from Ashli

June 28, 2009 | 8 Comments

From her hospital bed, last night:

Greetings from Ashli

June 26, 2009 | 8 Comments

A couple of pictures from Wednesday. However, yesterday and last night were a bit rough on her — fever, abdominal bloating and a lot of pain. Please keep the prayers up!



Ashli Recovery Update

June 24, 2009 | 10 Comments

Ashli’s recovery seems to be progressing rapidly. She regained consciousness not long after surgery yesterday afternoon. Although somewhat dehydrated, she’s very alert and talkative. She still has an IV tube or two in her, but she did two laps around the nurse’s station this morning.

As I’ve noted, the biopsy results won’t be available for a few days so she still has some concern about her diagnosis. She thanks you all for your prayers, and asks you to continue them.

Ashli Surgery Update

June 22, 2009 | 6 Comments


Ashli is out of surgery. The surgeon said that the procedure went very well. There was no need for any transfusions, which are otherwise common in this sort of operation. As it turns out, Ashli will not require placement in the ICU, although her condition will, of course, be carefully monitored.

The surgeon is adhering to his original, tentative diagnosis of a (relatively non-threatening) solid pseudopapillary tumor. The biopsy will not be complete, however, for five to seven days. The surgeon also noted that the nearby lymph nodes did not look bad, which is a relief because initially the CT scan had raised some concerns regarding their enlargement.

Thank you all again for your prayers. Ashli’s family is greatly comforted by the way things appear to be turning out. Please continue your prayers for a full recovery.


Ashli’s pancreatic surgery will go forward today. She’ll likely be in intensive care, unconscious, for two days after the operation. I’ll post updates about her condition here as soon as I get the information.

Ashli took her children, Emmil and Elise, for a photo shoot at the Maclay Botanical Gardens in Tallahasee last Thursday. Below is one of the pictures to help you think about Ashli and her family as you pray for her health.


BONUS PICTURES: One is Elise in 2004 and the other is Ashli 1971; it shouldn’t hard for you to tell the mother from the daughter.


Ashli & Dawn Update

June 14, 2009 | 8 Comments

Dawn’s surgery went off without a hitch (but not without a stitch) and she is recovering nicely and blogging incessantly.

For various reasons, Ashli’s surgery date has been rescheduled for June 23. Although the issue is still not settled, the surgeon is leaning towards a diagnosis of a solid pseudopapillary tumor. If confirmed, that would be good news. Such growths have a low malignant potential, and surgery, although complicated, generally results in a full recovery.

Please keep those prayers coming!

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