Two months after she received some very devastating news, Ashley Monroe is sharing details about her health with the public. The Pistol Annies singer announced in July that she has a rare form of blood cancer known as Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia.
Monroe is battling this rare blood cancer with chemotherapy. Since announcing her diagnosis to the public, she has had two rounds of chemotherapy, according to The Boot. The country singer is hopeful, but realistic about her health situation. “They say it’s for life,” Ashley Monroe said.
The Pistol Annies member also expressed hope that her condition will be something she can live with the help of the chemotherapy.
“I’m in a slight sliver of denial-slash-hopefulness that maybe I won’t have to hear about it. Maybe it’s one of those things I’ll have, and it won’t affect my blood like it had been after (I receive) these treatments,” Ashley Monroe also said.
Like most people who undergo chemotherapy, Monroe is experiencing side effects.
“I’ve been working out pretty much like normal the past two weeks, but my veins, it feels like someone’s taken a razor to whichever veins they use for chemo,” she shared.
Even though she is facing a health scare, Monroe has said that she is growing as a person because of it. She said her situation is “doing some long-term good to who I am as a person.
After Cancer Diagnosis, Ashley Monroe Said She ‘Can Clearly See What Matters’
Her cancer battle is also giving Ashley Monroe a new outlook on life. “The biggest change has been this overall acceptance and surrender of control that it turns out I probably very much needed anyway. Oddly enough, I’m calmer now than I ever was. I’m more in the moment, and I can clearly see what matters and what doesn’t,” she also said.
The chemotherapy puts Monroe at risk of COVID-19. So, unsurprisingly, she is taking extra precautions to make sure she stays safe. To do so, she has decided to spend time at home.
“What my doctors have stressed to me now (is that) my biggest danger is getting an infection or getting sick, even getting a cold, just because my immune system is so low. That’s what I’ve been told: Just don’t get sick,” the singer also shared.
Even though she is battling cancer, Ashley Monroe hasn’t stopped creating. The 34-year-old has just released an EP titled “The Covers.” She worked with producer Tyler Cain on the EP.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia is a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that is also referred to as lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma. For those who suffer with the condition, their bone marrow creates abnormal white blood cells.
These cells take up the room needed by healthy blood cells. They also create a protein that gathers in the blood. This protein causes problems by limiting circulation. Also, the causes of Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia are a mystery.
This rare form of blood cancer is typically found in adults over the age of 65. Also, it is typically found in white males and those who have a family history of B-cell lymphoma or Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia.