Meet Ashley : Portaits | Prayers Needed

This blog post was originally done on October 10, 2013.  Scroll down for an update as of today August 30, 201510/10/13 Meet Ashley and Sailym! A 31 year old single mom to a very vibrant and beautiful 6 year old little girl.  Ashley and I met several years ago and became friends.  Sometimes you meet people in places that you would never think of finding a friend.   Ashley is an inspiration to us all... let me just tell her story briefly.  When I met Ashley in 2011 we slowly began chatting and then that led to exchanging contact information.  She is truly a beautiful person inside and out.  A very caring and wonderful loving Mom.   In January 2012 Ashley was having stomach pain that led to severe stomach pain with other complications...by April 2012 Dr's find a large tumor weighing 5lbs in her abdomen area and she is told it needs to be removed immediately.   Along with the tumor they removed 1 kidney.  She is diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer called Leiomyosarcoma (LMS) - cancer of smooth muscle.  Not only is Ashley only 30 but this cancer only affects men in there mid 50's or older.   Ashley had extensive radiation after this surgery that made her very sick but soon she was told she was cancer free.  A little while later she began feeling sick again and the Dr's found spots on her liver...Ashley had a 2nd surgery to remove 1/3 of her liver.  Only two months later she is told she has spots on her liver again and hip.  Ashley is now going through very extensive chemotherapy treatments, daily shots and many many drives to Duke to visit her Dr.  Her latest report wasn't the best BUT the Dr's say they already have their next plan!!  We all go through life each day thinking of the small things we need to do or not to do, worrying over things, and living our daily lives.  I ask you from the bottom of my heart to pray...PRAY hard and often for Ashley to be healed.

We got together this past July to do this shoot of Ashley and Sailym... they are so beautiful!!!!

There will be a "donate" button at the bottom of this page.  ALL donations will 100% be given to Ashley for all of the expense and continued expense of her treatments, gas, etc.  I ask again to take time to pray, send positive thoughts, and love to Ashley, Sailym and family.  *Hair/Makeup by Jasey Price "Salon on Park Square" A video of Ashley's story by her friend Suzanne

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UPDATE: 2012:  Ashley is still fighting hard!! PRAYERS Please as this is not easy or simple. She has been in and out of the hospital ALOT lately and spending much time trying to keep food down as the meds are making her very very sick. Please pray for healing. She goes back soon for a scan to recheck her tumors.

 

UPDATE August 30, 2015

My sweet friend Ashley was healed as she passed away Wednesday August 26, 2015.  Her battle with this disease was beyond understanding.  She was a fighter and that's putting it lightly.  You see that smile in all of these images... IT NEVER STOPPED.  We learn so much from others if we just listen.  I am so incredibly blessed to have met Ashley and have the chance to know her, her beautiful daughter and her husband Chris.  I am also so thankful Ashley met Chris and she married her Prince.  Love shows.  Love shines. Love those you love. Our days are numbered.

Its ironic or maybe its not... maybe that's how God planned it.  Our Pastor spoke this morning on "giving".  Giving your heart, your talents, your love, and finances to others.  Doing so without expecting anything back.  Ashley often said I was "her angel" and how much she was thankful we were friends.  What she didn't realize is what she taught me.  You see she didn't loose hope, faith or love during her entire battle.  Ive scrolled through many text conversations and friends the way she handled the sickness, the pain, and the many days of unknown is beyond my understanding.  Ashley had many other hard ships in her life besides cancer one being loosing her own Mother when Ashley was just 16.  Lets take our days to love on and give to others in what ever way we can.   I did often tell her I loved her via text, card or phone but I feel it wasn't enough.  Take time to tell those you love just how much you love them. 

Ryan and I were able to capture Ashley and Chris' wedding this past May.  Lets be honest... Ashley felt horrible.  She didn't have much strength at all and was walking on a cracked foot.  All of this didn't stop her from soaking in the day, the moments, the love.   I wanted to share a few images from their wonderful day.  Please be sure to read below the images to see how we can continue to bless Ashley!

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to "Sailym's Fund."  Deposits may be made at the State Employees Credit Union or mailed to the SECU branch in Wilksboro.  The account title is shared with her great-aunt, Rebecca Kilby. 

This is a way we can continue to shine love to Ashley's beautiful daughter. 

Jack + Emily : Blowing Rock NC Marriage Proposal

Today the weather was perfect in our NC Mountains.  We had a full day planned and that included crouching around in the woods like tigers to catch a marriage proposal.  Our littles went with us because we had plans to take them to Tweetise after the shoot.  Taking our kids to sessions is definitely not the norm but Ryan insisted they would do great, and they did awesome!  After our lunch picnic we placed them where at least one of us could see them but be sure they were out of site of Jack and Emily.  These kids took it so serious they whispered for 40 minutes even when we said we will tell you when you have to be quiet.   They were part of the day so we had to include them in some of these images =).  Ryan placed himself in a rhododendron bush with a camo net over his face and body.  I got so tickled at him (picture below).  We separated so we would be sure to have different angles depending on where Jack stopped.  When I heard Emily's voice coming I got all excited...I love surprises! These kind of images are a lot of times our favorite! Real moments. Real Emotions.  Once we got the proposal and came out of hiding, we went back to where Emily's parents were grilling out.  Congratulations you two!  We are excited for you both!! MUCH love.

Stanton & Kimberly : Engagement

We had so much fun with Kimberly and Stanton for their engagement session.  Stanton loves to fish so we incorporated a little bit of mountains and of course the water for their session! Tomorrow is the big day and its going to be awesome.  Look forward to seeing you two beautiful people very soon! Congratulations!!

Welcome Precious Little One : Hickory Newborn Photographers

Happy Monday! Meet Miss Clara. Oh my goodness this little doll's hair....love. We are so blessed to be able to continue to be a part of this family's life.  Engagement, wedding, baby and now baby #2!! We love you all. Enjoy~

Marcy + Nathan : Engagement Session North Carolina

Yesterday was Nathan and Marcy's wedding day at Gambill Farms!! Eeeeeek! We absolutely love these two.  We met Marcy several years back when we shot her sister Megan's wedding.  This family we truly love.  So many of our clients turn friends and its such a awesome feeling.  For their engagement session we wanted to incorporate Nathan's love for music and just being outdoors.  A rustic laid back feel.  Enjoy!