My name is Ashley Collins and I am currently 18 years old. My journey began in late December with what was thought to be a stomach bug. From my PCP to Emergency, it was determined that this was more than what was originally thought. Initial results indicated a mass about the size of a golf ball sitting on the pancreas. In a matter of days I was transferred to St. Jude's for surgery (Whipple procedure) to remove the mass and determine the results of my cancer. From that day forward, my life changed within a matter of ultrasounds and variety of tests.
After all my treatments and tests had been done, it has been determined that the Ewing's Sarcoma is a type of cancer that I have and will be getting 14 rounds of chemotherapy every other week for it. I was not able to physically return to school but I still managed to complete all of my classes and graduate with honors at my high school. Hopecam has been an important part in helping me graduate by allowing me to communicate with my school and do research to finish assignments for my classes. I thank my donor for my tablet as it has been a major help through my treatment. I am halfway done with my sessions and I plan to do some internships in the summer for the mayor's office while on treatment. I also plan on going to Vanderbilt in January to major in Creative writing and journalism. I'm excited for what lies ahead and I hope to keep pushing on as the treatment continues.