Surgery Friday

I just wanted to give you an update regarding my surgery Friday.  I had my pre-op appointment this morning so I was able to get more details and information.

First, the reason for the surgery is because I am not responding as well as they had hoped to the ovary-suppression shots.  Dr. Zelnak wants my estrogen levels below 30 and I was in the mid-100s.

Surgery details:

  • I check-in at 6:30a for a 7:30a surgery Friday morning.
  • Surgery should last about 30 minutes and if all goes well then I should be discharged late morning/early afternoon time frame.
  • They are removing both ovaries and tubes (originally we thought just ovaries).
  • My mother-in-love is staying with the boys on Friday and helping through the weekend.  My mom arrives on Sunday afternoon and will stay through next week to help.  Thank you for all the offers for meals, etc. – we are taken care of.

Ways you can pray:

  • Anxiousness regarding side effects to menopause.  I currently am in chemo-induced menopause, but taking the ovaries out will obviously put me in deep menopause within an hour.  The side effects can begin within days or weeks – everyone responds differently.  My desire is for my side effects to remain minimal.
  • Once again, I am unable to lift Garrett for about 7-10 days.  Prayers for continued resilience on his part.
  • This be my last surgery EVER!
  • Overall encouragement and joy for my soul.  The last two weeks have been very hard for one reason or the other (no need to go into details).  I have been downtrodden and discouraged.

I will have someone (probably Mark) update this site and the FB page with updates regarding the surgery.  If you have not followed the Team AJ FB page you can do so here:  CLICK HERE.



8 Replies to “Surgery Friday”

  1. Oh Ashley, what a hard journey you continue to go through! My heart is heavy but holding hope for you. I love you and will continue to pray. I’m so so sorry.


  2. Dear Ashley, at 33 I had to have everything but 1 ovary removed after Alicia’s birth. Then4 years later they had to remove the other ovary. At 37 I was very worried about menopause. Luckily I had a beautiful daughter and an understanding husband and haven’t really felt the “real” effects until my 60s. Don’t worry God has always been in your court and will continue to be so. It’s not so bad early when you think of the other things you’ve gone through. Love you so much, Aunt Geary


  3. Praying for all the things you’ve listed, Ashley, but mostly that you start feeling encouraged and joyful again! I’ll be thinking about you Friday morning.




  4. Hey Ashley!

    I had the pleasure of being with your sweet Garrett in Amanda’s room this morning while Connie is with her daughter in the hospital. He’s such a sweet, gentle and loving little boy- he’s also pretty good at throwing a ball. Anyway, you have been on my heart lately and holding G on my hip this morning while he gently played with my necklace I just envisioned for a moment your life and all the crazy things you are dealing with and having read your post via this email yesterday knew you have been feeling blah and here your sweet little man is tinkering with my necklace probably as he so sweetly does with your necklaces not realizing at all what mommy is going through and what mommy is holding in and back from her boys so she can remain strong, superhero mommy. It was God nudging me to reach out I believe and in an odd way, it made me feel closer to you. I can’t begin to imagine what all you manage daily – spiritually, emotionally, physically and beyond. And what kind of newly gained strength and courage this journey has given you. And all the little tiny things one doesn’t think about or might not see when they are heavy burdened with trials in life…like recognizing a moment when your sweet child sits on your hip, tinkering with your necklace, his eyes focused on his little hands and the way the chain feels when he plays with it and in that tiny moment playing with that necklace, without a care around him, he can just BE…because he’s safe and loved, he doesn’t think about hurrying up to get to the next thing or what anybody thinks about him in that moment- he can just BE. As I’m typing this to you, God put this scripture on my heart – Matthew 6:25-34…

    25 “For this reason I say to you, [a]do not be worried about your [b]life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the [c]air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by being worried can add a single [d]hour to his [e]life? 28 And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alivetoday and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But [f]seek first [g]His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be [h]added to you.

    34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will [i]care for itself. [j]Each day has enough trouble of its own.

    I know you know this. Some days are easier to do this than others, right? Perhaps this nudging (on me) was because today you needed to hear this (?).

    For you to just BE, forget about all the drama and remember you are…. A wonderful mom A loving wife An adoring sister A fantastic friend A phenomenal daughter A warrior and… A million more things But above all You are Covered by his blood Cherished and adored by Him Protected Loved so undeniably

    You are in my prayers, Ashley! Love, Kelly

    Sent from my iPhone



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