For Ashley Hallford, being alive is a miracle. The doctors used to think she was incurable, but the Georgia young mother proved them wrong.
Like any other woman, Ashley was excited that she would soon be a proud mother. But life struck back, she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer after discovering a tiny ‘knot’ at the back of her head.
Due to her pregnancy at that time, doctors had to be extremely careful with her diagnosis and treatment. She was induced into labor at the 33rd week of pregnancy so that the baby could go into the neonatal intensive care unit and the mother would go for her cancer treatments after that. Yet, it was such a miracle that the baby was born healthy and could be brought home.
Sadly, four days after giving birth to her son, Ashley was sent in for surgery. Turned out her cancer had spread into areas of her brain, which were inoperable. Radiation therapy was next but the cancer could not be stopped—in fact, it was still spreading to critical parts of her brain.
The doctors gave up. They told her that she had stage 4 cancer and was given four days to live. But Ashley did not give up or loose hope. She held on to her faith and prayed. This time, she wasn’t alone, her whole group at the church also started to pray for her, encouraging her with spiritual and emotional support.
Miraculously, six months later, she tested clean on the radiation scan. She was in remission.
Going from no hope to no cancer, Ashley credits God for her speedy recovery.
“I credit my recovery to God, 100 percent,” Ashley said. “I always had strong faith, but we’re only human. I still worried while I was sick. Part of me held onto it and worried, and another part of me gave it to God.”
Since then, Ashley has given birth to two more healthy children and uses her experiences as a platform to promote hope in the middle of dark circumstances.
“I just want to spread hope,” she said, “When I speak at churches, I speak about the fear. The fear and uncertainty, especially not knowing what I had. It’s scary.”