I couldn’t say it better than Shelley. “I can’t wait to dedicate our family’s fast for Ashtyn this Sunday so that her white blood cell count will go up and that she can go and spend time with her family, and that her rash and sores in her mouth heal quickly. I have never been so excited to look forward to a day of fasting. Ashtyn’s Army, here is our chance to fast. I think it would be nice if we all close our fast at the same time and try to get everyone to kneel down (on Sunday) at 5:00 pm and say a prayer. There is power in numbers. Then, let’s sit back and watch as miracles happen!”
Ashtyn is in need of your prayers and fasting. We are asking anyone who can to fast and pray Saturday into Sunday. She is in need of three specific blessings. 1. For her rash to go away. 2. For her throat to feel better. 3. For her total white blood cell count to go up and her ANC to rise to 1000.
Please pray that her full body rash will disappear so that she is no longer itchy and uncomfortable. Pray that her throat will heal and stop hurting so she can eat and drink without pain or difficulty. Also, Ashtyn really needs to produce enough white blood cells to go home soon, recover further at home, and be able to go to Disneyland in a couple weeks before having to return to the hospital. The doctors agreed that if Ashtyn’s absolute neutrophil count (ANC, the number of white blood cells that fight infection) increases to 1000, she can go to Disneyland. Ashtyn has a ways to go. Currently her ANC is zero. Our hope and prayer is that Ashtyn will be able to recover from this round of chemo enough to have an ANC of at least 1000. We would love for her to enjoy a week at home followed by four days in Disneyland before heading back to the hospital for another month of chemo. As Shelley said, there is power in numbers. With your faith, fasting, prayers, and positive thoughts, I expect to sit back and watch as miracles happen.
The ODells’ commented, “Ashtyn and all the family, we are offering our prayers at daily mass (and during the day and night) for a speedy recovery and alleviation of the pain and discomfort. We keep in touch through your daily postings and marvel at the outpouring of love from “your Army.” We love you all and look forward to the posting of you walking out that door and saying “Disneyland, here I come!”
That’s our goal. “Disneyland, here we come!”
“There is power in unity and there is power in numbers.” – Martin Luther King
Ashtyn’s daily gratitude journal: “Today I am grateful for socks, the ability to be able to walk, comfy pajamas, nice nurses, and my mom.”