After two years of struggling with Ashley’s health, we hope we have been given a clear diagnosis of inflammatory immune disease which is a severe dysfunction of the immune system. We are now working with the top specialist who has prescribed 1.) Strict diet, 2.) Medication and supplement regiment and 3.) Daily IVs administered through a PICC line and, 4.) Six months of bed rest. The first week of February, Ashley and her mother Kay will travel to the Dayspring Cancer Clinic in Phoenix to have the PICC line installed and undergo the first round of treatments. Though she does not have cancer she will receive this treatment the doctor wants to attack this immune disease in a similar way.
Since her immune system is so weak, the doctor believes that if we do not overcome this difficult health hurdle now, Ashley’s future may be filled with sickness. Please pray for life change in the next six months for the Smith family. We have lived with intense crisis for three years and the next six months may be some of the hardest yet since she will need to spend potentially 3-4 hours a day with an IV.
Ash is the most social person I know so it’s hard to see her isolated. However, I’m trying to protect her from visitors or phone calls. I keep telling myself, if we can get her better this year, we will have her back. If she does not rest this year we jeopardize wasting all of this treatment.
Ashley’s parents are primary support with Kay acting as a full-time nanny (and now IV nurse) and both Ron and Kay helping out with the kids. While we have lots of needs, the best thing you can do is encourage our caregivers. Would you mind sending them a note of encouragement? This would be our greatest need right now. Thanks for considering it. You can send a note of encouragement to Ron and Kay Cherry at iEncourage7@gmail.com.
We can’t thank you enough, dear friends, for your help and prayers!
Praying Isa. 58:6-10.