Ashley Monroe Rings the Bell To Celebrate End of Chemo Treatments: ‘Thank You For Praying For Me’
Christmas came early for Ashley Monroe this year! Just 10 days before the holiday and five months after revealing her…
Ashley Monroe; Photos via Instagram
Christmas came early for Ashley Monroe this year! Just 10 days before the holiday and five months after revealing her cancer diagnosis, the singer/songwriter is celebrating the end of her chemotherapy treatments.
In July, Monroe shared the unfortunate news that she had been diagnosed with Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, a rare blood cancer. At the time, Monroe, a solo artist, songwriter and member of Pistol Annies, revealed that she would be starting chemo the following day.
“A few months ago my dr. was doing some routine lab work and found that I was anemic. I was like, FINE, I’ll just double up on cheeseburger patties, take some extra vitamins and call it a day,” Monroe shared in July. “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.’”
According to social media, her treatments took place between July 14 and mid-December.
Monroe, who is a wife and mother, celebrated the end of her treatments by ringing the monumental bell at the hospital, and just like she did with her initial diagnosis, she took to social media to share the news.
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“Ring a ling a ling a ding dong ding…My last chemo is done,” she wrote. Merry Christmas everyone.”
Monroe went on to show her gratitude for everyone who prayed for her and promised to return stronger than ever in the new year.
“Thank you for praying for me. I felt them more than you know. I’ve never been more thankful. Ready to Come back like never before in 2022,” she shared.
Ashley Monroe is a beloved member of the country music community. She released her debut album, Satisfied, in 2009. In 2011, she joined Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley and went on to release three albums with the trio.
She continued to make waves as a solo artist with the release of Like a Rose via Warner Bros. Nashville in 2013. The project was produced by Vince Gill. Since then, she’s released The Blade, Live at Third Man Records and Sparrow. Her latest album, Rose Gold, was released in April. Monroe is also known for being featured on Blake Shelton’s chart-topping hit, “Lonely Tonight.”
In 2021, Pistol Annies returned with their first-ever Christmas album, Hell Of A Holiday. The project features 10 tracks, including their holiday single, “Snow Globe.”
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.