Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Football Team's Message Leaves Cheerleader Overwhelmed.

Everything Changed

Everything Changed

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The cheerleading team at Foothill High School in Palo Cedro, North California, needed a cheerleader, and Ashley was happy to join. She was outstanding too. But that same year, doctors diagnosed her with chronic myeloid leukemia. She shut down the moment the word “cancer” escaped from the doctors’ lips. She was only 18 and healthy. But this news left her shaken to the core.

She Felt Drained

She Felt Drained

Ashley Adamietz / Facebook

Middle-aged adults tend to contract chronic myeloid leukemia. The white blood cells in the bone marrow are affected by those with this type of cancer. In the months before her diagnosis, Ashley became weak. Her weight dropped, and no matter what she ate, she felt drained all the time. She assumed it was just stress because of her senior year or maybe she had some sort of deficiency. But cancer was the last thing she expected to have.

Keeping It A Secret

Keeping It A Secret

Ashley Adamietz / Facebook

Typically, 64-year-olds contract chronic myeloid leukemia, but Ashley was a very rare case. Her doctors decided the treatment that would be best for their young patient, and they didn’t waste any time either. They were confident she could beat this because she was young, fit, and strong. Regardless, Ashley decided not to tell anyone what she had. But she lived in a small town, and eventually, word of her condition spread like wildfire.

Business As Usual

Business As Usual

Ashley Adamietz / Facebook

Ashley had cancer, but she didn’t want her life to change. She wanted it to remain as normal as possible. So, she continued going to school. She even participated in cheerleading practice. She did her chores and studied. But when people heard she was sick, they started staring at her. She didn’t want others to treat her different, but she couldn’t really control how others behaved towards her.

They Gawked At Her

They Gawked At Her

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Despite her diagnosis, Ashley was looking forward to cheering at the first game. This made her feel normal. Plus, she was elated to continue doing what she enjoyed the most. But everyone just stared at her as she walked into the field wearing her red, white and black uniform. She turned to her squad and asked, “What’s going on?” As they made way for the approaching football team, her face turned red.

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