About

I am Allison Armstrong, wife of Adam, mother of Paige (7), Hayleigh (4), and Mollie (2) and I am the adopted daughter of God who chose me and ransomed me through Christ. I am a personal trainer who loves working out and being outside. And now I am a woman with leukemia confined to a hospital, but only for now. This journey began on Wednesday, March 7th. The purpose of this blog is to keep you informed about my treatment and allow us to mutually encourage one another.

 

53 Responses to “About”

  1. ace rocke March 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    I love you, Allie and am praying for you daily! I loved looking into your eyes when I saw you. I saw the strength of the Living God in you. He is enough.

  2. Shelly Blower March 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    Allie you are in my thoughts and prayers and God has blessed you with an amazing amount of courage and strength! You are an inspiration! Sending you unending amounts of love and prayers as you go through this time!

  3. Cheryl Hoover March 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    Allie I was so sorry to hear of your illness. Megan Richardson is a current preschool mom and she had this link posted on her facebook page. I fondly remember your little Paige from attending our school several years ago.

    Please know I have added you to my prayer list. I pray for healing and strength as you battle this dreaded disease.

  4. Jen Alvarez March 13, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    Hi Allie,
    So grateful for you. My husband Bill said to tell Adam he is praying for him specifically every day.
    With Love,
    Jen and Bill

  5. Kelly Turner March 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    Allie,
    We met when you subbed for Katie’s class last year and then again this summer at Silver Lake. Please know that you are on my heart and in my prayers. Stay strong in spirit and body. This is a chance to really feel God’s presence in a tangible way.
    I am going to commit my daily workouts to you and work harder while you can’t.
    Sincerely,
    Kelly Turner

  6. Marisa March 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Sending much love and warm wishes your way. If anyone can handle this, it’s you :)

  7. Marisa Turner March 14, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    Ally,
    We are praying very hard and have asked many to pray with us. Please let Hannah know if there is anything you need help with. I am more than happy to help with the kiddos.

    Much love,
    Marisa, Jason, Alyssa and Zach

    Philippians 4:13
    I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

    Isaiah 40:29
    He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

    Ephesians 6:10
    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

    Isaiah 40:31
    but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

    2 Corinthians 12:9-10
    But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

    Psalm 46:1
    God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

    Psalm 22:19
    But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.

    Psalm 28:7-8
    The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.

    Psalm 118:14
    The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.

    Isaiah 12:2
    Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”

    Isaih 33:2
    O LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.

    Isaiah 40:29-31
    He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

  8. lori habeck March 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    Hi Allie,

    I’ve been thinking about you and praying for you it seems like non-stop since last Thurs. Just wanted you to know that. By summer you’ll have that ripped little back outside running drills again…..I just know it! :) I love you sweetie!

    • lori habeck March 15, 2012 at 1:14 am #

      “ripped little body” type-o :)

  9. Marianne Raniol March 16, 2012 at 2:33 am #

    Hey Allie, Been thinking about you all day. Spoke with your nurse this am who said you were doing well. I hope you are resting comfortably ( ha! who can get rest in that place?). Of course you are in my daily prayers, and when I looked on the website for meals for you and your family, I was wowed by the number of angels looking after you and your family. You have touched so many of us with your enthusiasm, your goodness and beautiful soul. May God bless you and keep you enveloped in his love. Marianne

  10. Tara March 16, 2012 at 3:25 am #

    Hey girl. Just lying here in bed sending love and prayers your way.

  11. Martha Gustely March 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    Allie,
    I don’t know you yet but my father-in-low did when you were his personal trainer at the Natatorium. He is in Florida now and sharing your story of courage with us. I already admire you for your valor and strength. You and your family are in our prayers, stay strong.

    God Bless You!
    Martha Gustely – Coconut Creek, Florida

  12. Jill Rango March 17, 2012 at 1:43 am #

    Allie, I have talked to God about you…how could this happen to a wonderful Christian like you? And then I read your blog. God is working through you and for you, touching more lives than you can know. I still don’t agree with the path He has for you, but I don’t think He needs my advice. Stay strong, fight that awful disease. I pray daily for you and your family.

  13. Norma hammond March 18, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your lovely family. We are wishing you a speedy recovery!! Norma and George

  14. leslie March 19, 2012 at 12:33 am #

    Allie… Sofie told me you were in the hospital. I’m sorry you and your family have to deal with leukemia. I’m just across the way from you — if I can help you around the house please let me know! You’ve done so much for Sofie – now we can do for you – if you let us.

  15. Laura Karlis March 19, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    Hi Allie-
    Just saw info today on Lindsay C.’s facebook about your current battle. I’ll be praying for your quick and complete recovery! We’re standing in the knowledge that you’re strong and that your marrow and blood cells and tissue and bones will be completely clean, pure and fully healed.
    I was remembering being out with you to run the loop at Lone Tree with you pushing Paige in the stroller and after I left you took off to do another loop. You totally kicked my ass – and you will do the same with this!
    love you guys, miss you and praying for you.
    Laura Karlis

  16. Amy (Young) Savona March 20, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    Hi Allie,
    It’s been forever since I’ve seen you but Laura keeps me in the loop and I appreciated so much that she shared your blog with me after she received it from Renee. As we follow your updates, we’re so encouraged to see your strong faith amidst these challenging days. Please know that we’re praying for you each day in addition to your beautiful family. Our two year old daughter has been praying for “Allie” and my Bible Study Fellowship group is praying for you too. We were so happy to hear that you may be able to spend some days at home. We will pray that you will remain fever free and that the cancer cells will be gone after this round of chemo!
    Sending Hugs & Prayers,
    Amy

  17. Kara (Simich) Sharp March 21, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    Hi Allie,
    I’ve been praying for you and your family. I’m so sad that you and your family have to go through this.

    After church tonight, i read your blog, got all choked up and went upstairs to find a verse taped to our bathroom mirror from my daughter.

    “If God is for us then who can be against us?” Rom. 8:31

    It was a good reminder and I thought I’d share it.

    Prayers and thoughts,
    -kara

  18. Monica Strohm March 24, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Hi Allie.
    My name is Monica Strohm. My daughter, Olivia, is a student in one of your husband’s classes.
    I wanted to tell you that you will be prayed for through this difficult journey. I know what you are experiencing, as my six year old daughter, Sophia, had a blood disorder, which required six weeks of hospitalization, chemo and a bone marrow transplant. I would be honored to pray for you.
    His ways are not our ways, but He is and always will be God.

  19. Karen Sykes March 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    Allie,
    I don’t know you, but two people who love you told me about you and your story. God healed me of cancer and I am praying for you and standing with you for total healing. Your blog is woven with the love of Jesus, and your picture today- bright smiling face- reaveals His joy in you. I know that you already know that many, many people are believing God with you. I wanted you to know that there are more than you think.
    Matthew 8:17 Himself took my/your infirmities and carried our sicknesses.
    God Bless You,
    Karen

  20. Sarah Hubert March 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    Allie! I just stumbled onto this blog…wow…and now you are at the top of my prayer list! I didn’t know about your illness until now, but will be praying for complete healing! Trusting God in this journey you are on. Thinking about you and your precious family.
    Love, Sarah Hubert

  21. Melissa Dodds May 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    Allie,

    We just wanted you to know that we are still praying and thinking of you daily in our household.

    Wanted to wish you the Happiest of all Mother’s Day! I know you will cherish it.

    We love you all and continuously keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    The Dodds Family

  22. Vicki Shaffer May 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    I will keep you in my prayers as you find your way on this diffucult journey.

    God Bless,
    Vicki Shaffer

  23. Kelly Redfern June 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    Hi Allie,

    Just found your blog! I will be following and praying for you through this journey.

    Much love and prayers,
    Kelly and The Redfern Gang

  24. Marianne Kasch July 16, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    Hey Allie,I’m sitting with my whole family right now watch blazing saddles in room 5 with MGM dad, John. Thanks for your positive spirit and encouragement while you were here. I’m very happy for your healing.
    Much love,
    Marianne

  25. Mike Doster July 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    I started to say “we have not met”, but that is not true at a couple of levels. People of faith have always “met”, and I believe you are Tana Clark’s daughter. From your words and your pictures I know you could “light up a room” like she always could and I am sure still does. I am sorry you are going through this, and I have prayed that this be lifted from you.

    God’s continued blessings on you and your family,

    Mike Doster

  26. Laney February 6, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    Allie my music teacher told me about u and I will always pray for u

  27. Julie Zich March 2, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    Allie,
    Thanks for sharing your journey! I am thinking of you and your family often and sending you a big hug.
    Julie

  28. Marie & Vin DeFilippo April 4, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    Hi Allie, Thanks for blogging your journey. The Lord has you in the Palm of His Hands and will never leave you alone. Vin and I pray for you daily ever since we heard about your illness. You, Adam and the girls are on our hearts. “Jesus we trust in YOU”. You are an inspiration to ua all and God is truly glorified thru his precious child. God is GREATER than any problem including lukemia and we know you are a WINNER…..
    In HIS love and ours,

    Vin & Marie DeFilippo

    (Charlie & AnnMarie Rigby’s dad & mom)

  29. Matt Pohler April 5, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    My newest buddy and inspiration. Meeting you at MD Anderson today made my week. Your strength and determination is remarkable and should be displayed for the world to see. Your reassuring words about the transplant process helped me tremendously with my nerves about the whole situation. I am a firm believer that God watches over us in our endeavors with this disease and He has a plan for us. Trust in Him and He will pull you through anything. Hope I’m half as strong as you. Enjoy your trip back home and keep in touch.

    Keep me updated 1-361-772-3078

  30. Toni Carr May 2, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    Hi Allie,

    I have been following your blog for sometime now and getting info from your Dad. I just want you to know you are one of the most amazing people I have ever met. I am so sorry you are going through this. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

    Love,
    Toni

  31. char May 10, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Alli, I am hearing alot about this new research where they are doing experimental human studies. Cancer researchers at Memorial Sloan in New york are using this on patients with Acute Lymphoblastic leukemia. Forgive me if you already know about all this but I just thought i would share. While they are using this for this type of luekemia, they are also using it in others to see what all in can do/fight…what types of cancers. It basically runs pt. blood thru machine and removes the T-cells (immune system cells), they genetically alter the T-cells, they then inject them w/ disabled virus and it programs the T-cell to go after the cancer…(they then give you back your blood to where it can do its job)this is all done then without affecting the “good” cells! Just thought you may want to learn about study. Again, if you already know or have had this done, i apologize, I try to keep up with all posts but not always possible. Your in our hearts and prayers..your a beautiful and strong and faithful christian woman who God is using to impact the world and to see true faith in action. God Bless you and your family. All our love.

  32. Marie & Vin DeFilippo May 21, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    Hi Allie, Standing and believing in prayer for your healing daily. You, Adam & the girls are a blessing to all that know you. Your journey is a testimony to the power and love of God in your life.

    God is greater than any problem you have.

    “JESUS WE TRUST IN YOU”

    • Marie & Vin DeFilippo May 21, 2013 at 9:01 am #

      Holding fast to Psalm 91 for you Allie.

  33. char May 31, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    So glad to hear you still have fight! I am praying for success and blessings to pour down on you and for you to be the testimony of what a miracle is to the world! God is doing amazing things with you and will continue to do so…you have never stopped giving HIM glory! Many prayers daily go up with much faith to answered prayers in your future! PTL!!!!! (Praise The Lord )
    God bless you and your family, looking forward to reading your posts.

  34. char June 4, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    Allie, praying for you and John O. Praying for blessed travels, medical care, freedom from pain, healing, and insight! AMEN!

  35. Marcia Louis Germian June 5, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    Your mom was the most beautiful, wonderful, kind, talented of us all, just like Mike Doster said, Tana could always light up a room!
    I see her in you, Allie, and in Paige, Hayleigh,and Molly. That beauty and grace !!! Wow!
    I am so glad you have Adam and Mike and know they were chosen by God for your husband and your father and the grandfather of your lovely daughters.
    You have been a beacon of love and strength and faith to all of us. Thank you Allie.
    God Bless you and your family.

  36. char June 5, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    I know your batting skills are great and you will have no problem hitting those curve balls out of the stadium! Prayers going up for very soon to be infection free days so the trial/chemo and begin and so can your healing. PTL!

  37. Lois Dolph and Frank Ianni June 5, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    Hi Allie! You are soooo in our thoughts and prayers. You are an amazing person and your strength is so inspirational! Reading your blog has touched our lives in a very profound way. Thinking of you with love!

  38. char June 11, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!! Allie, so glad to hear youre on infusion one! Will pray that this is the right cocktail and no more infections. Friends are angels on earth esp. when we go through rough times…we thank God for them! Keep your spirit lifted…glad to hear good news picking back up again. AMEN!!!!

  39. char June 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    Allie, Praise the LORD! Im so glad to hear about ur peripheral blood improving! I have chosen to focus on that good news and praise God for that..the start of your healing! I declare it and you receive it! Looking forward to more good news…remain blessed!

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  41. char June 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    Allie, PRAISE THE LORD!!!!! the good news of your lab work and tumor shrinking and your feeling “good” has brought a smile to my heart! Again, we continue to declare your healing in faith and in the name of Jesus our Lord and Savior and you continue to receive it in faith! Enjoy your well deserved blessings that are and will continue pouring down on you! I continue to look forward to your postings sharing your progress and proving to be that miracle…in His precious name AMEN!!!

  42. char July 2, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    Allie, I continue to pray in faith for you to remain fever free, stand strong in the face of the toxins that go in your body, that you will be accepted for the other trial and that God is healing you…in Jesus name..AMEN. Your faith is amazing…you continue to praise HIM thru the storm…this brings such a smile to HIS heart! God blesses those who show faith thru strife. While one treatment may not have worked, it simply means you are that much closer now to the one that will work! I have fait that you are making right decisions and your journey is to offer HIM all the glory during your journey…you do that so beautifully in your postings. Our prayers are lifted up as we pray for blessings and healing to pour down rain on you…in Jesus name…AMEN.
    We hope to see you at the rally but you do what is best for YOU! stay healthy and continue to heal! God Bless.

  43. char July 10, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    AMEN, AMEN, AMEN!!! Yes Allie, what things there are to celebrate and to praise HIM for…your gums, your leg wound, your joy, your family, friends, faith, Shannon’s finally getting her drug, and your endless way of looking at life’s finer things…the simply joys of life and really understanding its meaning…something we all too often overlook and take for granted! We continue to pray that abundant blessings are poured out on you and you feel HIS healing rain! That you get to dance around pain free in rich health sharing your joy, faith, and story with those around you and making an impact on the world in a way you never would have expected! I praise loudly our amazing Lord for your continual healing, negative blood cultures, beautiful strong gums, legs, spirit, and for your receiving all that you need just as you need it! We all pray it, you fully receive it, and we all rejoice in it! In Jesus name….AMEN!!!! Will continue to look for your positive, life inspiring, life changing postings. God Bless.

  44. char July 13, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    get ready for more of “the usual” by HIS grace!

  45. char August 1, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    Allie, As always many prayers are going up to heaven for your healing and praises to HIM for HIS continual guidance and holding HIS child so close. Be safe traveling, looking forward to good reports from you with new drug trial! AMEN!!!

  46. char August 15, 2013 at 12:08 am #

    Allie, Peace…is where you have arrived. You prayed for guidance, you listened, and then decided on what to do. What peace of mind you must have knowing this is in HIS hands…that YOU are in HIS hands, that your family is in HIS hands, and that you no longer have to “worry about making the right decision” …comes with great peace. Peace..came when you realized that your future is secure by the love of Savior. Continual prayers go up with belief for miracles, praises for blessed days, and with each inhale you experience God’s grace that will overwhelm your spirit with peace and with each exhale you feel the weight of worries, sickness, and the world leave you to the point where all you experience now is joy, love, happiness, family, friends, laughter, and peace and know that only this comes from HIM and this is HIS blessing upon you! I pray all this in HIS precious name! AMEN!

  47. char August 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Allie, Prayers for absolute direction as to your decision about this next treatment option. I pray you have no doubt that it is the direction HE wants you to go in and that whatever your choice you have instant peace in knowing it is the right one. You are an amazing strong beautiful Christian woman and I have no doubt that your decision will come directly from your obedience to HIM and know your direction will be guided by your loving Father. God bless you, always praying for you and direction and family.

  48. char August 22, 2013 at 12:27 am #

    Praying and giving thanks for the pain and “beast” leaving your body! I cant wait to rejoice for your miracle…i am sure we all cant wait to rejoice in your miracle. God bless you, looking forward to your positive postings and hearing great things.

  49. Melissa Dodds August 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    Allie, we are continuing to think and pray for you and your family. Your blog is just so inspiring and just shows us all how incredible you truly are! Your positive attitude is just amazing. God bless you and your family.

  50. char September 2, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    Dearest Adam, girls, and family,…we in no way can even begin to understand the deep loss you are going through nor could we ever offer the comfort you need to get through this. But we know that you know the ONE who can and who will comfort and console you, who will hold you you and who has held you, who walked this journey with you even though HE already knew how the story would end…and now you too know. YOUR ANGEL IS NOW GODS ANGEL….what a beautiful ending to a beautiful womans story. May God bless and comfort you ALL. Always in our prayers.

  51. Adrienne Freas September 6, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    My mom (Mary Helsel) called me today and told me that Allison died. I am so sorry. I am her second cousin and remember her when she looked like your oldest daughter. Please tell Mike and Tana that I am so very sorry. I live in TX now and have quite lost touch with extended family in Ohio. My mom and Mike are first cousins. I am sure Allison is dancing with Aunt Sue (her grandma) in the presence of Jesus. I am so very sad right now that I lost touch with her, as was we are obviously sisters in Christ.

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