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Ashley

chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)

Los Angeles, CA

Three little words changed my life forever!

My name is Ashley Brinton and I am a leukemia survivor. So when I was 20 years old I was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). I was on tour living life of a musician when I got diagnosed and my entire life changed for good. I had been having symptoms for a really long time and ignoring them completely when I should’ve been taking care of myself. So I had a random accident went into the hospital they ran standard blood tests for ER patients and when the results came back he said you look like a blood cancer patient with these numbers you need to follow up with an oncologist and I literally laughed in his face. Next thing I know the oncologist is telling me I have cancer and I said, “are you sure?”

Disbelief to say the least. After my diagnosis going to the hospital became a full-time job like it is for so many blood cancer patients. I had a bone marrow biopsy the day I was diagnosed no anesthesia!!! And then I started treatment right away. I have 3 blood draws every week. I’ve underwent countless bone marrow biopsies. I take countless pills and underwent the hardest period of my life. I got so many weird rashes all over my body that were so painful and felt like a burns.

That’s when I started my merch line with super soft material called Chemobabes. I wanted to make really cute and comfortable merch so that way I could feel beautiful and not be in pain with all of the rashes when I went to the hospital. I’ve gotten to meet so many amazing people through making Chemobabes and feel like we are really changing peoples lives. I donate all of the proceeds back to City of Hope and leukemia research! I am 21 and 6 months into treatment and I know there will be a light at the end of the tunnel!

AB