Focus on your blessings – Arianna’s mom, Ashely

Doctors diagnosed Arianna with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma in September 2017. Her mom Ashely estimates that the family had six visits to the ER, ten inpatient stays averaging seven days, with 50-60 clinic visits and counting. “Terrifying” is the first word she used to describe cancer. Through it all, Ashely finds the silver lining to give her strength and hope.

What is the #1 thing cancer has taken away from your hero's childhood?
In some way, cancer took away Arianna's innocence. She was forced to deal with her illness and all the bad that comes with it. That was a heavy load for a 7-year-old to carry. We don't know what the future holds, but we are confident it will be bright for Arianna!

How has cancer changed your family?
The hardest part as a parent has been dealing with our own emotions while also helping the girls with their feelings. Our family is so much stronger since Arianna's diagnosis. We've had to lean on one another for strength and encouragement. Our togetherness is one of the brightest moments of this journey.

If you could change one thing about your journey, what would it be?
I wouldn't change a thing! We have been blessed to receive care at a phenomenal hospital (VCU) with a wonderful staff. The support from the community through various organizations makes the journey a lot easier!

Are there any particular ways Connor's Heroes helped support you and your family with any of the above struggles?
Connor's Heroes has been consistent support for our family and many other families. We often see them in clinic and in the hospital offering their support however they can.