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.”