Country singer Ashley Monroe diagnosed with rare blood cancer

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Country singer Ashley Monroe has been diagnosed with a rare blood cancer.

The Pistol Annies member, 34, announced in an emotional Instagram post Tuesday that she has Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia and will start chemotherapy treatments Wednesday.

“A few months ago my dr. was doing some routine lab work and found that I was anemic,” she 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, and they found out my iron /b12/ folic acid numbers were actually fine. 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.”

The American Cancer Society defines Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia (WM) as a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in which “cancer cells make large amounts of an abnormal protein.” Another name for WM is lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma (LPL).

Monroe wrote that while some may think chemotherapy is “such a negative thing,” she decided to “flip that doom feeling on its head and think, wow, I’m thankful I have an illness that is VERY live with-able.”

She went on to express gratitude for her husband, former Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks, and their 3-year-old son, Dalton, as well as her Pistol Annies bandmates, Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley.

“I’m thankful there IS a treatment that actually works to fight what is causing harm to my body,” the Tennessee native wrote. “THANKFUL for friends and family who have gathered around me praying and sending flowers and letting me lean on them during this super weird chapter of my life.

“Thankful for my angel son. Who I am fighting for the most. I would greatly appreciate if no one gave me any unsolicited advice or medical opinions. I’ve done my research and have amazing Vanderbilt dr’s I’ve weighed every option with. That’s why I was hesitant to post about it, but I could use the prayers.. and I DO believe in the power of prayer guys. I also believe in the power of love healing us all on an even deeper level. I love you all big. Here I go 💪🏼🙏❤️.”

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