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Never Give Up Hope: Mom Given Days To Live Makes Complete Recovery

A Georgia mom-to-be felt a bump on the back of her head and asked her doctor about it. It turned out to be the worst news possible: stage four brain cancer. Doctors didn't believe she'd survive past a few days. The woman, who has now been in remission for nine years, wants to share her tale so that people never give up hope.

Ashley Hallford of Douglasville didn't think much of the 'knot' on her head. It didn't even hurt. But 32 weeks into her pregnancy, she asked the doctor about it, and received bad news. It was a malignant tumor.

“Pathologists from all over the country studied the lump,” Hallford told Atlanta’s 11 Alive. “They all agreed that it was a rare and very aggressive, possibly hormonally fueled cancer. But nobody could diagnose it.”

Ashley and her husband, David, decided to let doctors induce labor so that she could begin treatments.

“We were preparing for our son to spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit,” she says, “But when he was born, he didn’t have to. He got to go home two days later. The NICU doctor came in to see us, and he said that never in his career had he seen a 33-week term baby not go to the NICU, even for evaluation. That was just a miracle.”

That was only the first hurdle, though. Doctors performed surgery and removed the mass, but tests showed cancer had spread through her body. They started chemotherapy, and within six weeks Ashley had already received the maximum lifetime dosage of radiation. Tumors were still growing, so the chemo continued. Ashley was not expected to live.

Ashley had turned to her faith in her time of need. People at her church prayed, fasted and did all they could for her. Then a miracle happened. On the next trip to the doctor, Ashley was told, "The radiologist report shows no evidence of disease present."

“I was so dumbfounded by what she said that I was like, ‘What does that mean?’ She said, ‘It means you’re in remission.’”

Ashley has remained in remission for nine years. “I credit my recovery to God, 100 percent,” she said.

Source: People
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