For many, the act of breastfeeding is one of the most incredible ways of bonding with their newborn.
But when Ashley Chesnut was feeding her young son one day, she suddenly felt like she’d been hit by a freight train. A sharp pain in her chest debilitated her, “I couldn’t move, couldn’t breathe, couldn’t talk.” She soon discovered she had a baseball-sized mass in her chest and began cancer treatment. But thankfully, she wasn’t about to go through the experience alone…
Naturally, the cancer treatment took its toll. Ashley would pump her breast milk, only to have to throw it away. The young mother was devastated.
That’s when a compassionate mom and nurse named Jacqueline offered to help.
It turns out that she and her little girl have a milk soy protein intolerance, so though she was pumping, she couldn’t breastfeed. For that reason, she had almost 1,000 ounces of frozen breast milk.
She donated it all to Ashley and Easton.
The 30-year-old mom said that the nurse’s offer “felt like God had heard my prayers.”
But the outpouring of support didn’t stop there.
When Ashley shaved her head, wanting to lose her hair on her own terms, not because of chemo, her older sister, Theresa did the same. She didn’t want Ashley to go through the process alone.
No one should have to go through something so life-altering solo. Thankfully, Ashley’s cancer diagnosis didn’t isolate her, it renewed her faith in humanity and breathed new life into her relationships with others.
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