The country music community has come out in full force to support one of their own during a scary time.
On Tuesday (July 13), country singer Ashley Monroe took to social media to share news of her diagnosis with a “rare” form of blood cancer:
“A few months ago my dr. was doing some routine lab work and found that I was anemic,” Ashley wrote. “I was like, FINE, I’ll just double up on cheeseburger patties , take some extra vitamins and call it a day. Well my red blood count just kept falling…short story long, they did a bone marrow biopsy, (ouch) , and VOILA.. a rare kind of blood c word called “waldenstrom macroglobulinemia” It’s causing my body to be pretty severely anemic, and I feel it. So, I start chemo tomorrow. Seems like such a negative thing to say.”
Even though her situation seems like a “negative” one, Ashley said she has a lot to be thankful for. She said her cancer is “live with-able” and can be treated.
The 34-year-old singer also shared how thankful she is for her friends and family. She wrote how she learned of her diagnosis when she was with her “sisters,” implying she was with her fellow Pistol Annies members Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley. They appear in a poolside photo Ashley shared in a slideshow accompanying her post.
Ashley ended her post by asking people to please keep her in their prayers as she begins chemotherapy. “I DO believe in the power of prayer guys,” she said. “I also believe in the power of love healing us all on an even deeper level. I love you all big. Here I go.”
She received an overwhelming amount of support from other country singers. The comments section of her post was packed full of loving messages from artists both young and old.
Here are a few of those messages:
“Praying every day Ash. Love you so much!!!” wrote Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town.
Martina McBride commented with a single red heart emoji to show her support.
“@ashleymonroemusic Stay strong honey! Sending you my love and prayers!” said Tanya Tucker.
“Praying for you and for complete healing in Jesus’ name!” wrote Lady A’s Hillary Scott.
“What an inspiration,” Lainey Wilson commented.
“You got this…love u,” said Meghan Linsey.
Tenille Townes left a simple message with three red heart emojis.
“You have our whole hearts and our fervent prayers all the way on this, sweet one,” commented Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town.
“we all love you pal. Praying and sending strong thoughts for you and ur family,” said Ruston Kelly.
You can read through all of the comments on Ashley’s post below. We too, wish her lots of love and will be keeping her in our prayers.