Ashtyn Susan Poulsen is a normal 12 year old who has always had a love for family, friends, and strangers. She loves spending time with her sister and two brothers whether she is exploring Disneyland, knee boarding in Lake Powell, swimming at the local pool, or relaxing at home. She enjoys playing the piano, going to church activities, hanging out with friends, and singing. She has a special gift with children and would like to be a kindergarten teacher one day. Ashtyn was completely healthy until January 2013 when she became extremely tired and pale. On January 30th, she went to the hospital for the first time and was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia called undifferentiated leukemia. Since being diagnosed she has felt many emotions such as sorrow, anxiety, fear, and pain. However she is determined to see the blessings in all things and face cancer with complete faith and trust in God, hope, optimism, and patience.
Finding Joy In The Journey: We are venturing up a new mountain we have never climbed before. What will the path be like? Which areas will be steep and rocky? Where will the green pastures and level ground be? When will there be areas we can run down? Where will the stumbling blocks and rocks be? How often will we be able to sit and enjoy the scenery? How will we get over the boulders and up the cliffs that seem impossible? What will the different area of the mountain look like? What does this journey have in store? When will we be able to get to the top and know WE MADE IT!!? There will be a day when Ashtyn sits at the top of the mountain and looks back on her journey. She will then recognize what she learned and how she grew. Ashtyn will be able to notice how much stronger she became and how different the world looks. She will be ready to climb other mountains with more courage, faith, trust, character, and strength than she ever knew possible.
This blog is a journal of the real and raw journey that we have begun. Through faith in God, trust in our Savior, hope in the future, optimism, hard work, patience, and a lot of prayers, we are prepared to see miracles. We look forward to receiving daily tender mercies and to be amazed by Ashtyn’s strength, our own strength as a family, and by the love we receive from others.