Singer-songwriter and Pistol Annies member Ashley Monroe announced on Tuesday (July 13) through social media that she'll begin chemotherapy treatments tomorrow (July 14) for a rare type of blood cancer.
"A few months ago my [doctor] was doing some routine lab work and found that I was anemic," Monroe 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'."
Despite it bearing bad news and ending with a prayer request, Monroe's message mostly reflects a spirit of thankfulness.
"Moments like these I am overwhelmed with gratitude," she wrote. "Getting flowers delivered weekly from [producer and engineer Gena Johnson]. Enjoying a staycation in Nashville when we had to cancel our Florida trip. Sitting with my sisters the day I found out. Seeing [husband John Danks] be my rock and the best dad to Dalton, and being surrounded (and prayed for) by the best friends (and family and manager) I could ever dream up."
Per the Mayo Clinic, Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia is most common among white men over the age of 65.
"If you have Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, your bone marrow produces too many abnormal white blood cells that crowd out healthy blood cells," reads the Mayo Clinic's description. "The abnormal white blood cells produce a protein that accumulates in the blood, impairs circulation and causes complications. Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia is considered a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It's sometimes called lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma."
Monroe adds that she's "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."