beautiful Ashtyn


My good friend, Lisa Harbertson Photography, took these photos of Ashtyn soon after we were released from the hospital following her bone marrow transplant. We knew Ashtyn’s hair would grow back and we wanted to capture her as she was at that moment. I am so grateful for these photos of my brave girl. If you like these photos of my sweet girl, go to Lisa Read More →

    100 Days Post Bone Marrow Transplant

    Emotional Battle

    It has been 100 days since Ashtyn received her bone marrow transplant. She has been home from the hospital for 69 days. From the time Ashtyn got home, recovery has been slow and steady – always improving. From a day-by-day perspective, her progress seems almost nonexistent. It would be easy to let the days go by not recognizing the miraculous improvements that have been before Read More →

      Hope for Presley


      It has been 53 days since Ashtyn’s bone marrow transplant. She has been home from the hospital for 22 days. I plan on having a post up by Monday morning giving you an update on her. I will let you know details on how she is doing and what she’s been up to. Overall she is doing great. There have been some emotional battles trying Read More →

        Ashtyn’s Army: Helping Families One At A Time

        Ashtyn’s first meal in over a month. Corn POPS

        Ashtyn has been home from the hospital for six days and is doing remarkably well. It is interesting how perspectives change once you go through an unknown. When I say she is looking so good and doing great, I have to smile thinking back a year ago and wondering what I would have thought then. A year ago, she had hair. During the summer, she Read More →

          Ashtyn Beat Cancer


          Thursday, July 11th, Ashtyn woke up knowing she was going home. In days past she hadn’t felt well enough to be in a hurry to go home. However, by Wednesday she was climbing the walls and didn’t want to be in the hospital another moment. She woke up at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning, “I can’t stand being here any longer. Can we go?” Pleased Read More →

            We’re Going To Miss Them

            Ready to go home

            Ashtyn is going home today. She has come so far in five and a half months. I just shake my head at the miraculous course she has had. It is clear to me God’s hand has been in every detail of her life. I have no doubt the power that heavenly and earthly angels have had in helping us. I marvel at the love and Read More →

              DAY 22: Ashtyn sleeps a lot so I think a lot.

              Ashtyn emerged from her room for the first time in 23 days

              It is Post Transplant Day 22! It has been 13 days since I last wrote a blog post. What has been going on? On one hand, very little changes have occurred. On the other hand, so many blessings have been manifested and personal lessons have been learned. Ashtyn has been in the hospital for the last 25 days for her bone marrow transplant. Each day Read More →

                Day 9: We Are Never Alone


                I have always been honest with my feelings in this blog. I’ve also focused most of the posts on Ashtyn and my observations of what she is going through and my feelings about it. Today I want to share a personal experience of things I am learning about life as I spend hour upon hour in the hospital. Yesterday I woke up feeling alone. It Read More →

                  Day Five

                  Ashtyn’s view for awhile

                  Though the days go by fairly quickly for me, time seems to be going slowly. I feel it should be Day 10 due to anticipation but it is only the end of Day 5. Ashtyn woke up with more mouth and throat pain than the day before. They increased her continuous morphine from .6 mg to .8 mg an hour. Each time she pushes the Read More →

                    Day 3 and 4 Is Behind Us

                    Soaking her painful feet

                    Ashtyn is stable and enduring well. Each and every night I sleep at the hospital. Ashtyn and I both like it that way. The nurses give one medication or another at least every few hours both day and night. Ashtyn’s blood pressure and temperature is taken every four hours. Blood is drawn from her Broviac central line every morning at 4 a.m. for lab work. Read More →

                      Ashtyn Poulsen was diagnosed with undifferentiated leukemia on January 30th 2013. She spent 70 days in the hospital during her first two rounds of chemotherapy treatment. During the third round of chemo, she was able to spend 1 1/2 months at home. June and July, Ashtyn will be in the hospital facing and fighting the Goliath called a bone marrow transplant. Ashtyn has been greatly blessed during her war with cancer. The prayers and love received by all those who support her have brought strength, peace, comfort, and miracles. Thank you for going through this journey with us.