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Woman Miraculously Beats Multiple Stage 4 Cancer Diagnoses And Gives Birth To 3 Kids

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Woman Miraculously Beats Multiple Stage 4 Cancer Diagnoses And Gives Birth To 3 Kids

Ashley Hallford was living the life she had dreamed of. She had just started her career and gotten married to her husband, David. She had also just gotten pregnant with her first child and life couldn’t be any better. One day, the now 35 year old felt a bump on her neck. Her doctors thought it was a salivary gland infection that would shrink with antibiotics.

But the lump kept coming back. With time, it became hard and painful. Ashley got worried and went back to her ear, nose and throat specialist and requested a biopsy.

In November 2007, when the results of the biopsy came out, Ashley’s life took a complete turn around. She had cancer.

Ashley Hallford, her husband and their newborn son

Ashley Hallford, her husband and their newborn son

Four days after the cancer diagnosis, Ashley was induced at 33 weeks, and delivered a healthy baby boy named Harley.

Shortly after the delivery, surgeons removed a softball-sized tumor that had grown around Ashley’s jaw bone and muscle. They also removed a portion of her jaw muscle and severed a facial nerve.

About a month after her surgery, doctors still didn’t know what kind of cancer Ashley had. “We could not determine the origin of her tumor. We consulted with other doctors all over the country, but couldn’t figure out what it was.” Dr. Debra Miller of Southeastern Medical Oncology Center said.

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During that time, Ashley Hallford began to experience extremely bad headaches and double vision. An MRI showed that she had a brain tumor. “It was a really scary time. It was about two weeks after Christmas, and everyone else was so happy.” Ashley recalled.

A second full-body MRI showed the cancer had spread to her lungs and liver. At that point, the doctors decided to stop trying to figure out what type of cancer Ashley had and focused on treating it. She started chemotherapy and radiation in January 2008.

A month later, the tumors were still growing, and doctors decided to try another form of chemo. “After a recurrence, the chances of her body responding to treatment were slim,” said Dr. Debra Miller, who had diagnosed Ashley’s cancer as stage 4.

“That’s when they asked me to start taking pictures, videos and writing a journal for my son. My handwriting was terrible and I could barely see.” Ashley said. The brain tumor caused her right eye to go blind.

The brain tumor caused Ashley’ s right eye to go blind.

The brain tumor caused Ashley’ s right eye to go blind.

Ashley’s mother and mother-in-law helped to take care of baby Harley. He husband, David, was working around the clock as a firefighter.

The family’s church and community started fasting and praying for her. They also brought meals five nights a week.

In July 2008, the results from a round of scans shocked everyone, and they were just the beginning of more miracles to follow. “My oncologist said, ‘I’m just going to read what the report says: The radiologist reports that there’s no evidence of disease present. She told me that it meant the cancer was in remission.” Ashley said.

“I was crying. I had hoped it would be positive news, but it was nothing short of miraculous,” Ashley Hallford added.

Ashley Hallford cuddles her newborn son in the hospital

Ashley Hallford cuddles her newborn son in the hospital

“I was completely overwhelmed. I was ecstatic… Even now, it does seem to be miraculous. I think many factors, including prayers, played a role in her recovery.” Dr. Miller told TODAY.

Ashley finished treatment in spring of 2009. After not being able to breathe very well due to tumors that had spread to her lungs, she was finally able to walk again. Eventually, her right eye re-opened.

Another miracle was on the way! Ashley and her husband wanted another child, but the chemotherapy had thrown her into full-blown menopause.

There was nothing doctors could do to help, so they suggested using a surrogate. The following week, before her esophageal surgery, tests indicated that she was pregnant!

Ashley gave birth to a daughter, Grace, in October 2012.

Ashley Hallford and her husband, David with their kids

Ashley Hallford and her husband, David with their kids

In May 2016, Ashley was preparing for a now routine brain MRI, when a mandatory pregnancy test came back positive! Another miracle! She delivered their third child, a boy named Eli in January 2017.

“It doesn’t seem real,” Ashley said, reflecting on the past 9 years of her life.

Ashley says her faith, the amazing support from her doctors, friends and community were the secret to her recovery. Her advice for anyone suffering right now, “You have to remain positive. Doctors gave me a few weeks to live. Don’t give up. I didn’t lose hope. Don’t ever quit fighting,” she said.

Ashley says it was all God’s doing that she is still alive and miraculously blessed with a beautiful family.

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Porn Star’s Amazing Testimony on Escaping Sexual Abuse to Become a Pastor

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Crystal Bassette used to make $250,000 a year. She owned sports cars, a huge mansion in Malibu, a luxurious life with workers at her beck and call. She practically had everything money could buy, but she was very unhappy. She made her money from starring in adult films, but the shame she felt drove her into self-destructive lifestyle.

However, after finding Jesus, Crystal not only turned her life around, but she also became a pastor. This former porn star has an amazing testimony you just have to hear.

After finding Jesus, Crystal not only turned her life around, but she also became a pastor. This former porn star has an amazing testimony

After finding Jesus, Crystal not only turned her life around, but she also became a pastor. This former porn star has an amazing testimony

Crystal never had any plans of joining the sex industry. She was an honor roll student and varsity cheerleader. But the sexual abuse she experienced as a child left her in a troubled state of mind that eventually led her to fall into pornography.

“I was sexually abused when I was a child by two different people. So I went through a lot of stuff as a kid. It’s wordless. I’m alright now but it took me a long time. I went through a few years of therapy and stuff and so I realised why I was choosing the life that I did.” She said.

At just 16, Crystal got pregnant and desperately wanted to give her son the best life possible. Having grown up in a struggling background, Crystal thought that meant possessions.

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Determined to be able to provide for her son, she left for California, with the dream of becoming a model or movie star. But living in California turned out to be very expensive. While trying to pursue her acting and modeling career, Crystal was forced to begin stripping to make ends meet. While stripping, an agent recommended she try adult films. The money offered enticed Crystal into giving it a shot.

After the first shoot, Crystal was given a hefty paycheck, but was tormented by shame. “I remember after the scene, I sat in the shower for about two hours crying. Then I stopped after that shoot and didn’t go back for about one month. I ended up going back to it again and that’s when I was numbing myself through taking pain medicine and drinking alcohol to get through the scene.”

That marked the beginning of a cycle of alcohol abuse and a destructive habits that became Crystal’s life for the next ten years.

Crystal never had any plans of joining the sex industry. She was an honor roll student and varsity cheerleader.

Crystal never had any plans of joining the sex industry. She was an honor roll student and varsity cheerleader.

Crystal credits her reunification with Christ to several life-changing events. She was involved in a horrifying car accident in 2014 when she got behind the wheel drunk.

Thanks to God she survived the crash, but she was left with a broken nose, stitches down the side of her face, and a totaled Escalade. That crash turned out to be an eye-opener for Crystal, she could no longer ignore how out of control her life had become.

She decided to start going to church with her sister, that’s where her heart truly encountered God. “The day I was saved, I felt like the preacher was just speaking to me directly. It was like he was preaching to only me and you know that day I felt God was talking to me through his preaching and everything he said felt right. I got down on my knees and was just praying to God to just release me from everything and my mom was there and my sister came over and were just all crying.” she said

Crystal made the decision to leave the porn industry for good. She left that whole lifestyle behind and became a completely changed woman.

Crystal met her husband, David who is a pastor and the two got married in 2014.

Crystal met her husband, David who is a pastor and the two got married in 2014.

Soon afterwards, she met her husband, David who is a pastor and the two got married in 2014. Crystal went back to school and earned her degree and also trained to become a pastor. However, finding a job was a struggle. Most employers turned her away because of her previous job.

Even at church, Crystal received so much criticism and negative attention that she and David were forced to leave. But that did not discourage Crystal. “It’s like if I grew up as a teacher, I probably wouldn’t be helping people now. I probably would be completely different. My past made me who I am today and God has changed my life completely.” She explained.

Crystal eventually became a paralegal, and together with her husband, David, heeded God’s call and started their own church. And God is using Crystal’s past in a special way.

Crystal’s story is inspiring to say the least. It is evidence that however far away you stray from God, He still love s you very much and will welcome you back with open arms when you seek Him out.

Watch her incredible story in the video below, but please be aware that it contains some images and clips from her past that could be considered offensive.

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When A Person Asks Me Why I Still Believe In Jesus, I Read Them These Lyrics

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When A Person Asks Me Why I Still Believe In Jesus, I Read Them These Lyrics

Does your life sometimes get a little too hard, it feels like everything is going wrong and you feel like no one can help you? I know a Man that can!

His name is Jesus Christ, and He is only a prayer away. All you have to do is believe and ask, and everything will be given to you as is clearly written in the book of Matthew 7:7.

The next time all of life troubles seem to weight you down, here is beautiful powerful song that will remind you of a person who can do it all for you, change any situation you are facing and grant you peace.

When A Person Asks Me Why I Still Believe In Jesus, I Read Them These Lyrics

When A Person Asks Me Why I Still Believe In Jesus, I Read Them These Lyrics

I can’t take a heart that’s broken, Make it over again
But I know a man who can

And I can’t take a soul that’s sinful, And make it white, whiter than snow
But I know a man who can

Some call Him Savior, the Redeemer of all men
I call Him Jesus, for He’s my dearest friend

If you feel, no one can help you, And your life is out of hand
Well, I know a man who can

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I can’t walk upon the waters, Or calm a raging sea
But I know a man who can

And I can’t cause blind eyes to open, Make the lame to rise up and walk again
But I know a man who can

Some call Him Savior, the Redeemer of all men
I call Him Jesus, for He’s my dearest friend

If you feel, no one can help you, And your life is out of hand
Well, I know a man who can

Some call Him Savior, the Redeemer of all men
I call Him Jesus, for He’s my dearest friend

If you feel, no one can help you, And your life is out of hand
Well, I know a man
Yes, I know a man who can

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Loving Dad Gets A Matching Tattoo Of His Son’s Chest Scar After Life-Saving Open Heart Surgery

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Loving Dad Gets A Matching Tattoo Of His Son's Chest Scar After Life-Saving Open Heart Surgery

Six-year-old Joey Watts, from Beverley, East Yorkshire, underwent an eight-hour operation at Leeds Children’s Hospital to widen the blood vessel just last month.

The procedure which came with a one-in-10 chance of survival was successful but it left Joey with a 9cm scar down the center of his chest.

“When Joey saw the scar, he just said, ‘Is this where they have cut me to fix my heart?'” Mrs Watts said.

“We’ve told him it should be something to be proud of and he shouldn’t be ashamed by what has happened to him. All of these warriors should be proud of their scars and all they achieve in life.” She added.

Joey Watts underwent life-saving open heart surgery that left him with a 9cm scar down the center of his chest. (with his father Martin, showing off his tattoo)

Joey Watts underwent life-saving open heart surgery that left him with a 9cm scar down the center of his chest. (with his father Martin, showing off his tattoo)

On the day after Joey was discharged from hospital, his father, Martin Watts, went to a local tattoo parlor to have a replica of his son’s scar tattooed on his chest to show Joey it is nothing to be ashamed of. Mr Watts also had his son’s heartbeat tattooed on his chest to the right of the scar design.

Joey’s brother, seven-year-old Harley, was also diagnosed with the same condition, supravalvular aortic stenosis, when he was 14 weeks old. SVAS is a congenital disorder that narrows the large vessel carrying blood from the heart to the rest of the body.

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“We have another little boy called Harley with the same condition who will also be having surgery in the near future. So to us this is an amazing thing to do to spread awareness, and maybe encourage a few more people help to fund-raise for such a fantastic cause.” Mrs. Watts said.

The Watts family are supporting the “#ScarSelfie” campaign being promoted by the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF), which hopes to inspire, encourage and enlighten others about the plight of those with heart diseases.

#ScarSelfie celebrates patients with congenital heart diseases and encourages them to share intimate photos of their scars. The campaign also encourages donations to CHSF, which provides aid to the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit at Leeds Children’s Hospital.

Joey underwent the procedure to widen his aorta at Leeds Children's Hospital last month

Joey underwent the procedure to widen his aorta at Leeds Children’s Hospital last month

Sharon Milner, CEO of CHSF, said, “We fully understand that showing a scar picture is a very personal decision and not for everyone. We are blown away by the bravery and resilience of the hundreds of CHD patients who undergo open-heart surgery and life-saving procedures at the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit every day – like Joey.”

“This campaign is one way of celebrating the incredible stories of these heart warriors. Please do take part if you can, and support our wonderful cause by way of donations.” She added.

Joey will require three more operations to widen his pulmonary branches and stretch his blood vessels.

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