Country singer Ashley Monroe announced that she has blood cancer.
Ashley Monroe, a Grammy-nominated country singer for the band Pistol Annies, announced on social media this week that she was diagnosed with Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Monroe, 34, wrote about her cancer diagnosis in an Instagram post with various photos from her friends and family.
“A few months ago my (doctor) was doing routine lab work and found I was anemic,” she wrote. “I thought, FINE, I’ll just double up on cheeseburger patties, take a few extra vitamins, and call it a day. Well, my red blood count just kept falling and they found that my iron / B12 / folic acid levels were actually okay. Short story long, they did a bone marrow biopsy (ouch) and VOILA … a rare type of blood C-word called ‘Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia’. “
She added that the disease had made her body anemic and that she would start chemotherapy the next day. “Seems to be saying something negative. Until I turn this feeling of doom on my head and think: Wow, I am grateful that I have an illness that I can VERY live with. “
Monroe thanked loved ones for their support and said she had “amazing” doctors with whom she weighed each option.
A woman treated twice for cancer broke nine national records in weightlifting.
Michelle Ritter, a CrossFit-trained athlete who recently started Olympic weightlifting, has gone through much more than just a strenuous training process: she is a two-time cancer survivor who also underwent a double mastectomy and a full hysterectomy.
Ritter, 49, was first diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2013. A few months later she was declared cancer-free, but not without a difficult treatment process. She underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, and a full hysterectomy. The hysterectomy was performed due to the fact that her mother died of ovarian cancer.
“When I was diagnosed, I was in the best shape I’ve been in since my children were born, and maybe even better than before, and I didn’t want to lose that,” Ritter told the Morning Chalk Up. “When I started chemo, my goal was to keep moving as long as possible.”
Ritter, who had trained at CrossFit in Salt Lake City, Utah the year of her diagnosis, continued to train during treatment.
She explained how the CrossFit community continued to support her. “I remember going to the gym and doing a (work out of the day) double-under, and it was right when my hair fell out and when I finished there was hair all over the floor,” she said. “After training, one of the trainers just quietly got a broom and swept it without saying anything.”
Two years later, in June 2015, Ritter’s cancer returned in the form of a triple negative metastatic stage 4 breast cancer in her lymph nodes and pelvic bones. She underwent seven more rounds of chemotherapy and 30 rounds of radiation and was finally declared cancer-free in January 2016.
Since then, she has set nine state records for her age and weight class in weightlifting competitions, and has trained for the national championships.
A 5 year old patient with cancer communicated with the hospital across the street through a sticky note window.
Meyer Mixdorf, a 5-year-old being treated for cancer at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, began taking notes on his hospital room window with the help of his family.
Mixdorf, who has a brain tumor and was hospitalized for six weeks, was in a room overlooking Truman Medical Center / University Health. When he and his family started making art out of post-it notes on the window, they noticed someone in a window in the building across the street was reciprocating with their own notes.
“Just make some fun,” Johnna Schindbeck, a Truman Medical Center / University Health employee, told KMBC News.
Nursing staff at Truman Medical Center started updating their notes constantly and noticed that Mixdorf jumped out of bed to look at the artwork whenever someone changed it.
“I know there are kids there and I don’t know what they’re going through, and if I can make them smile a little, that’s all that matters,” said Cheryl Gray, a Truman Medical Center / University Health staff member .
The Mixdorf family eventually met the Truman Medical Center staff who left the notes after they checked out and left one that said, “CU later. Thank you. “Mixdorf got its final scans this week. The family is hoping for cancer-free results when they return to Arkansas.
An oncologist personally invested in a local cancer prevention campaign.
Dr. Nik Korgaonkar, a surgical oncologist at WellSpan Thoracic Surgery, understands the impact a cancer diagnosis can have on a patient and decided to take steps to provide more personalized care.
Korgaonkar and his wife Sonal contributed $ 25,000 to the WellSpan York Cancer Center Capital Campaign, which raised more than $ 5.7 million for a newly renovated facility. The new facility will include state-of-the-art cancer treatments and support services for patients, as well as a wellness center that offers holistic treatments – massages, meditation, spiritual care, palliative care, and bra and wig adjustments.
“I see this as a community that cares about the community, and we wanted to support WellSpan’s vision to advance cancer care locally,” Korgaonkar told WellSpan News. “That’s how I feel at WellSpan more than at any other institution I’ve ever been to.”
The new facility will open on July 19th.
“When we think of cancer, we often think of treatment and testing, but depending on the stage of the cancer, that patient may need financial advice, relief services, social work, palliative care, or even massage,” said Korgaonkar. “We now have this in one central location, which reduces waiting times and additional appointments for patients.”
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