Ashley Mitchell and her partner David, an Army veteran, have experienced a devastating year.
In May 2017, only months before their August wedding, the couple from Vista, a city within the San Diego metropolitan area, discovered Ashley had a tumor.
Chemotherapy worked initially, eradicating the tumor, and Ashley was hopeful. But only a month and a half later, five more tumors popped up.
The treatment for Ashley’s NUT midline carcinoma — the extremely rare and aggressive cancer — was failing; she knew she should prepare for her own untimely death.
“We created a family together, and it’s just getting ripped apart,” David told 10 News, nearing tears.
Ashley and David have two young sons together: Shane, who is 5 years old, and Jameson, who is only 3.
While the turn of events has been tough on the family, Ashley is thinking about her sons’ futures and writing letters for them to read when they’re a bit older. So far, the mother has written letters for them to open when they turn 16, graduate high school, and eventually get married. Additionally, Ashley has a letter prepared for David and his future wife.
“It’s really hard, like the first sentence. I just don’t know how to keep going,” Ashley explained the difficulty in writing.
Despite the grim prognosis, Ashley is currently seeking alternative treatment in Mexico and plans on fighting until the very end.
Her fight is admirable, and her foresight in preparing for her children and husband’s future is truly inspiring. If you would like to help donate to Ashley’s treatment, please visit her GoFundMe page.
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