One-Eyed woman gives birth, then the doctor makes a shocking discovery. A woman of faith Halford’s life is nothing short of magical with the first astounding phenomenon occurring when she and her husband, David Halford, tried to have a baby beating the statistics and in 2005 Ashley fell pregnant incredibly quickly, but this phenomenon was nothing but a speck of What her future held before she fell pregnant Ashley felt a knot on the back of her neck, but assumed it was just a lymph node.
However, while with child it worsened and eventually it was found that it was a cancerous tumor. My labor was induced at 33 weeks so that i could have surgery to remove the tumor. Our son was born breathing on his own kicking and crying.
He was just absolutely perfect. He never went to the nicu one time, not even to be evaluated. The nicu doctor came to our room later that night and he told me that in all his years of being a nicu doctor, he had never seen a 33-week preemie not go to the nicu for at least an evaluation. Four days later, i was taken into surgery to remove the mass. In my neck, the surgeon removed a softball sized tumor from my neck.
The tumor had grown finger-like tumors that had wrapped around my jaw bone and grew into my jaw. Muscle when the surgeon came to talk to us the next day, though, he was confident that they had removed everything and that there was a possibility that i wouldn’t have to have chemo or radiation. But sadly that wasn’t the case within weeks. The cancer had spread. To my brain, both lungs and a spot on my liver, the tumor in my brain sat on my right optic nerve in an area of the brain called the cavernous sinus.
When the doctor told me about the brain tumor, i asked him if we were going to do surgery to remove it. He told me that that area of the brain is an area that housed nerves and blood vessels. I’Ll never forget his exact statement that day when he said only god’s hands can go there. He said we’ll try radiation and go from there. This tumor caused my right eye to lose all function and become fixed soon.
I lost all function of my eyelid and it closed. I could not open it at all. Pathologists around the country were looking at my tumor, and no one even to this day could determine what type of cancer it was. We even flew to boston to seek treatment from a specialized oncologist at dana farber cancer institute. He had no answers either and just sent us back home in the end i was put on two types of chemotherapy and given a lifetime maximum dose of radiation.
To my brain jaw and neck, the only thing the pathologist could say about my cancer was that it was rare and very very aggressive about one month after the treatment. I had a ct scan to see how my body was responding to the chemo and radiation. The tumors were not only growing in size, but also in quantity. The report on my lungs stated that there were innumerable tumors present on both lungs, meaning. They literally could not count the number of tumors present.
There wasn’t much hope i was told to start taking pictures, making videos and writing journals for our son, who would most likely grow up without his mother. The next month, members of my church signed up for days that they would be fasting and praying for my healing every day for one whole month, two or more people were fasting and praying for me. There were days – I begged god, to just take me. The pain was too much, but minutes later i’d be begging him to forgive me and to please heal me. There was no way i was giving up after seeing that the chemo wasn’t working.
My doctor switched me to a different chemo combination to see if it would help. I continued the chemotherapy for about four more months before my next ct scan the day i went to the oncologist for the results i prayed. There would be some change. Anything positive would be a miracle i’ll, never forget my doctor’s words, the radiologist reports. There is no evidence of disease present.
I was in shock, i think, and i asked her well. What exactly does that mean? She said it means the cancer is in remission. I had went from no hope to no cancer in a matter of months: psalm 30 verse, 2, o lord, my god. I cried unto thee and thou hast healed me.
We were told we wouldn’t be able to have any more children because of the chemotherapy we have. Since had two more children, a girl and a boy, we have two videos on youtube. You can find them by searching adhalford on youtube. The videos are called hope and hope in the battle. We all stand in awe beyond her belief.
In god, she has many ideas. As to why this happened, this included knees doctor and the support of her loved ones. She also. She also spoke to the strength of the mind, saying that many underestimate its powers knees said. Many people believe that when they get cancer, it will kill them, but i never once thought that, whatever you may believe about these anomalies and inconceivable events, they all leave a sense of wonder in our hearts.
Perhaps beyond our own opinions, then it is the sense of reverence that stays with us forever when elizabeth o’connor was pregnant with her second child. Her doctor noticed a mass on her ovary after an emergency caesarean section and a hysterectomy two days later, o’connor learned that she had stage four pancreatic cancer. I was in shock. I was 31 years old i felt like. Why is this happening to me?
The 42 year old from woodstock georgia told today. I couldn’t believe that i was facing cancer, especially pancreatic cancer, because the odds have never been great for pancreatic cancer o’connor, who has had pancreatic cancer for 11 years, is defying odds alex trebek.
The former host of jeopardy died in november of 2020 after being diagnosed a little more than a year. Earlier and representative john lewis died in july 2020, not long after he received his diagnosis, the five-year survival rate for a person with stage four pancreatic cancer is 10 percent according to the american cancer society. I hope that i’m bringing people a fighting spirit and hope.
No matter what their diagnosis is, she said my story is so unusual. You never hear about long-term survivors. Symptoms during pregnancy reveal mass after struggling to become pregnant. A second time. O’Connor was thrilled to be expecting again, but she noticed she felt a fullness and didn’t want to eat she dropped weight and was unwell.
Her doctor performed an ultrasound and found a large cyst on her ovary. That’S what made me really anxious. She said we did ultrasounds every two weeks on october 18 2010. She visited the hospital for fluids and went into labor and needed an emergency c-section. Her daughter told her that her ovaries looked really angry and recommended a hysterectomy which she underwent two days later.
Meanwhile, i was in the intensive care unit with fluid on my lungs and fluid in my abdomen. She explained i was recovering from that when she and her son, who needed to be in the neonatal unit for a few days, returned home. She was feeding him when o’connor noticed her arm was swollen and hot. Her doctor recommended an ultrasound and they discovered a blood clot. She returned to the hospital for treatment and that’s when the results of her ovarian biopsy returned.
They came back as pancreatic cancer. O’Connor said it was very difficult yet at the same time, i had some sort of relief that i knew that i was facing because during pregnancy it just caused me so much anxiety. Loss of appetite and weight loss are two symptoms of pancreatic cancer. At first, her oncologist recommended chemotherapy to make her comfortable because other treatment options seemed impossible. Radiation can never happen.
Surgery will never happen because the way the tumor was on the tail of the pancreas. There were two major arteries that go to the heart. The tumor was entwined with those two arteries. She said my biggest fear was going into the oncologist’s office and him saying there’s nothing really. We can do but chemotherapy shrunk.
The tumor she underwent radiation, then surgery in 2012 to remove the large mass. Then she had a chemotherapy regimen that was developed thanks to stand-up to cancer-funded research in 2014. She had part of her left lung removed to take out a mass that grew there, and then she started having seizures a tumor was forming in the left side of my brain, so it was affecting my right side.
She said i had brain surgery to remove the tumor followed up with radiation. The brain tumor has given me the most problems while having so many surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy and radiation was tough for o’connor.
She also felt grateful cancer changes. You everyday things just being able to go to a baseball game and being able to drive my kids to practices were so much sweeter. She said you slow down and take in every moment, because you don’t want to waste time. In 2018 she experienced a seizure while she was at work as a preschool teacher, a biopsy revealed. It was cancer again and she underwent radiation again in 2020.
She had another reoccurrence of cancer in her brain and she started a new chemotherapeutic regimen in july 2020. In july 2020 she hit her head and doctors were worried. She had a hematoma pooling of blood under the skin. The bump was very painful and it would not go away. She said her doctor recommended that she visit a dermatologist for a biopsy to be safe.
It’S pancreatic cancer of the scalp, which is extremely rare. She said i had that removed in october 2020, followed by radiation again after she finished another round of chemotherapy. In february 2021, she started immunotherapy, which is an absolute game changer. I really am in a good place. Immunotherapy is so much different because with chemotherapy i would be down for several days just staying in bed feeling nauseous and tired with immunotherapy.
I can get an infusion and go about the rest of my day. O’Connor said i’m so thankful for it, because i just don’t have to waste precious time with being sick and staying in bed and not doing stuff with my kids life with long-term pancreatic cancer. Recently o’connor had the opportunity to throw out the first pitch during game.
Four of the world series: thanks to a donation from the gene lewis and kerry wolf family foundation to stand up to cancer and a partnership with major league baseball, she managed to get the ball across the plate, but it definitely wasn’t a strike. She hopes to increase awareness of the disease, which makes up three percent of cancer diagnoses in the united states and seven percent of deaths from cancer according to the american cancer society.
I just want to be able to bring more awareness to pancreatic cancer. She said the focus now is on having early detection there’s no early detection for pancreatic cancer. She feels grateful she had time to parent her children, abigail 16 and andrew 11. i’m very thankful. I was given more time to be with my family. She said thanks to the research, my doctors and stand up to cancer. I’Ve been given 11 years, and that’s pretty amazing thanks for reading.