Hi! I'm Ashley - a wife, mother of two kiddos (ages 2 and 4), and a teacher. I haven't taught in three years since my melanoma journey began. I was pregnant with my son at the time and found out I was Stage IV following his birth. I've been NED since November 2015 following the Ipi-Nivo trial. I live in North Dakota but go all the way to Texas to doctor at MD Anderson. I used this "time off" to stay home with my babies, finish graduate school, and kick cancer's butt! However, I'm excited to be going back to school in the fall!

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  • Welcome, Ashley! We're glad you joined us! :)

  • Hi Ashley,

    I can appreciate the travel for treatment. I travel from Las Vegas to Los Angeles just for scans!

    We used to take long weekends and drive down, but I have found turn around trips flying down are much easier.

    I was just over half way through my masters program when I was diagnosed with ocular melanoma. I now have my Masters Degree in Applied Computer Science. I took the summer semester I was signed up for off so I could focus on treatment. Ironically, my enucleation surgery was the first week of the start of Fall semester!I Signed up for an ADA accommodation but I didn't need it.

    Are you getting a Masters in Education? Maybe an EdD next? :)

    I have thought about going back but would rather enjoy life.