Ashley’s Story

Posted on 2016-04-13

This is the story of my daughter Ashley, and how she is now cancer free from Retinoblastoma. During the year 2012 Ashley’s dad and I started to notice Ashley’s left eye was yellow and almost shiny in photos.  I did not think much of it at the time because our camera was not the best.  Then Ashley’s aunt took some photos and again Ashley’s left eye appeared yellow. We become nervous about this shiny yellow “Glow” appearing in Ashley’s eye. It was not in all pictures, but it appeared from time to time.  Throughout the year it showed up more and more.  I decided to Google how to fix yellow eye in a photo.  The Google search alerted me that this “Glow” should be examined by a doctor. 

In December of 2012, Ashley was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer. We spent the whole day in eye specialist appointments. Finally at the emergency room a CT scan to confirmed she had eye cancer. A week later we were at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A few days after arriving we were told Ashley needed her left eye removed. Her eye had three large tumors in it, and the retina was totally detached. There was no saving her eye. We returned home a few days after her eye removal to anxiously await the pathology report. This report would indicate if the cancer had spread throughout her body. On Christmas Eve we got the call from St. Jude that the cancer only spread outside the optic nerve and went no further. We went back for additional confirmation tests but all results showed the cancer had not spread.

Ashley did not have to go through chemo or radiation. Ashley is now a completely healthy four-and-a-half-year-old! We still make regular trips to St. Jude for check-ups, and have received nothing but positive test results.

To support Ashley and her family donate to her GoFundMe page here.