Ashley Monroe has plenty to celebrate this holiday season, including her health. The PIstol Annies member shared a video on social media, showing her ringing a bell, signifying the end of receiving chemotherapy after she was diagnosed with Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, a rare form of blood cancer, earlier this year.
“Ring a ling a ling a ding dong ding… My last chemo is done!” Monroe captioned the video. “Merry Christmas everyone 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!”
Ring a ling a ling a ding dong ding…
My last chemo is done!
Merry Christmas everyone
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!
Posted by Ashley Monroe on Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Monroe focused on keeping a positive attitude throughout her treatment, saying she felt thankful even in the early stages of her illness.
“Gratitude. Moments like these I am overwhelmed with gratitude,” Monroe said when announcing the news. “Getting flowers delivered weekly from Gena. Enjoying a staycation in Nashville when we had to cancel our Florida trip. Sitting with my sisters the day I found out. Seeing John [Danks] be my rock, and the best dad to Dalton, and being surrounded (and prayed for) by the best friends (and family and manager) I could ever dream up.”
In September, the singer-songwriter reflected on the lessons she had learned following finding out she had cancer.
“The treatment and this diagnosis has really forced me into this sweet surrender,” Monroe told The Tennessean. “I’ve had moments where I was crying and praying but at the same time (said) ‘Why?’ After those, I’ve surrendered. I’m in the moment more. Paying attention to every single thing, whether it be my son doing something sweet or something outside … [I’m] just living and soaking up life. I feel like that’s a good thing that’s come from this whole thing, that I’m grateful for.”
The chemotherapy, although necessary, was tough on Monroe physically. Still, Monroe found a way to be positive, even as her body was going through a grueling battle.
“You just don’t feel good after you have your chemo,” Monroe acknowledged. “But I’ve actually bounced back quicker with every cycle that I’ve done. I’m really thankful that I can do as much as I can, feel as good as I can right now.”
Monroe released her latest album, Rosegold, earlier this year. The Pistol Annies also have a new record, Hell of a Holiday, out now.