We are just at the beginning of our story with Ashley and her illness. A little over a year ago, just before Ashley’s 7th birthday, we started to notice some physical changes with her that seemed odd. We consulted with a pediatric endocrinologist who ran a series of test and determined that while she had some “off” hormone levels in her body, that she was “just on the wide side of normal.” As the year progressed however, Ashley continued to manifest changes in her body that didn’t seem normal to us. In January of this year, we decided to take her to Children’s Hospital of Colorado for a second opinion. What I thought was going to be a quick appointment with maybe talk of more tests, turned into an all day event with blood work and an ultrasound of Ashley’s abdomen. By that afternoon, it was determined that Ashley had a 4 cm tumor in her adrenal gland. Everything moved so quickly after that: meeting with the surgeon, more blood work and an MRI. Within a week, we were scheduled for surgery. Ashley was so fortunate in that the entire tumor had remained encased in the adrenal gland and so no chemo was needed. The tumor has continued to cause problems with the hormone levels in Ashley’s body and so we are working to get that resolved while entering the five-year tumor watch and also running genetic testing to determine whether or not Ashley may be pre-disposed to cancerous tumors. Ashley hates needles and so every blood draw continues to be a challenge but we have been amazed to see what a strong little girl she is becoming. We try to focus on every moment of good that has come through all this and are so excited to attend our first Miracle Party. Ashley is a princess through and through and we are hopeful that her reign will last for years to come.