My Story

On Thursday, March 1st I went to my family doctor due to what felt like a lingering cold. I tested positive for strep throat, which I have had many times since our youngest was born. The repeated instances of strep caused my doctor to order some blood work to discover the ultimate cause. The test revealed extremely low red and white blood cells as well as platelets. Friday morning at 6:50 my doctor called and wanted to admit me to the hospital, due to fear over the low white cells which fight infections. Since I had no fever we instead met with Dr. John Petrus, (who is outstanding by the way) who drew some blood to eliminate some potential diagnoses. On Monday the 5th we returned and I had a bone marrow sample taken and we were scheduled to return on Thursday for the results. Wednesday morning at 8:30 I received a call from Dr. Petrus’ office asking me to come in as soon as possible. I called Adam home from work and we went in to discover I had acute myeloid leukemia. We picked up Paige, our 7 year old from school and went home to explain to her and Hayleigh what was happening. Paige who has such a sensitive and caring spirit was tearful. I laid Mollie down for her nap and the three girls sat out in the sun and painted our nails. Then I checked into the hospital to begin a long and uncertain journey at 3:00 on Wednesday, March 7th.

45 Responses to “My Story”

  1. Jeanie Micale March 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    Hello, my dear friend!

    I am so happy that you have a blog so that we can keep up to date and walk and pray through this journey with you. You and your family are in my prayers daily!

    “But I trust in you, Oh Lord; I say, ‘My times are in your hands’… Psalm 31:14 & 15a

  2. Marcia Case March 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    Allie:

    You have so many people that are praying for you, your husband Adam and your beautiful three precious daughters. Be strong and courageous. I will be following your blog also.

  3. Charlotte Woofter March 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    Allie: We prayed for you with our staff at Grace Church yesterday, led by Debbi Hullinger. We are asking His arms to carry you and your family through this trial. We are asking for His peace that passes understanding and a supernatural strength. We are remembering you daily.
    In Him, Charlotte

  4. Joanne Lattur March 15, 2012 at 12:32 am #

    Allie

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time! I hope you will be able to go home soon to be with your family. I will keep up on you through Tera and this blog.

    Love

    Joanne

  5. Alyson (Laun) Sailer March 15, 2012 at 1:54 am #

    Allie,
    Danielle just shared your link with me. Oh girl! Prayers are heading your way. You are so strong and such a fighter! Got get it girl! And when you’ve got nothing left to give, remember that you are carried in the arms of your Creator, who loves you and who cares for you and who goes before you and fights for you! We’re praying big prayers for you and for your girls and for Adam. Our church has adopted the motto IGBOK… It’s Gonna Be O.K. Praying that for you!

  6. Chanda Davies March 15, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    Sending Lots of Love and Good Thoughts Your Way! Keep up your amazing spirit and great attitude. We are thinking about you everyday! Keep blogging :)

    Love, The Davies Family

  7. Summer Schulz March 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Dearest Allie my heart is bursting with so many different emotions for you. I can’t imagine what you must be feeling right now but I am praying hard for you and your precious family. I love you so much and will be waiting for your updates. Wish I could hug your neck right now!

  8. Megan Williams March 15, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    I have tears in my eyes while reading you “journey” but the Allison Armstrong I remember was a fighter and never gave up! I see you and your family and I know that you will continue to do what it takes to get better.
    Just know there are so many people on your side and praying for you Allison!!!!!!
    My thoughts and prayers are with you, your husband, and your 3 beautiful girls!!!!! They should be so proud of their mommy!!!!!

  9. Maggie Moy March 15, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this website. My heart goes out to you and your family. I hope that you can recover quickly and you are back to your healthy self soon! My family and I are praying for you and yours.

    Maggie

  10. Julie Mong March 16, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    Allie,

    Sorry to hear about this . My prayers are with you and your family .

  11. Pat & Bud Shepard March 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Allie, Sweet girl, know that you are being lifted up in prayer all the way down here in Myrtle Beach, SC. Your blog has been precious to read. You know that God has you tightly in His arms. Praying you will recover quickly. Love, Cousin Pat & Bud Shepard

  12. Mykel Clelland March 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Allie, I am praying that your induction round of chemo works and takes away the cancer. I always believe that God has a plan and if anyone is able to fight this disease it is you. I pray that God holds you and your family in his hands.

    Mykel Clelland

  13. Ken Taylor March 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Allie,

    Please know that I will be praying for you. Thank you for including me on an email that I received this morning. How well I remember the first time we met in my office at Taylor and how you almost fell asleep during the interview. Little would I know how it would turn into a good friendship. I will certainly be praying for you and your wonderful family!

    Ken Taylor

  14. Katie Dugan March 17, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    I’m praying for you, Allison. I’m glad your dad is still pushing you :) I’m also praying for your beautiful family.

  15. Becca Wise March 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    Allison,

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Randi Nemeroff March 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    I am so deeply sorry that this has happened to you, but I will keep you and your family in my thoughts, and pray that you will recover quickly and that the chemo will work!

  17. Tara Copskey March 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Allie,
    Thinking of you and your family daily. I am glad you are sharing your story and I admire your strength. I love the pictures of you and your girls. Absolutely beautiful. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Looking forward to our visit out to see you guys.
    Love you XoXo
    Tara

  18. Erin Van Buren Crandall March 19, 2012 at 1:22 am #

    Allie-
    I just saw your post and my heart goes out to you and your sweet family. I will be praying so hard for you. I know you are a fighter! Stay strong in God’s strength.
    Much love,
    Erin

  19. Michelle March 19, 2012 at 3:31 am #

    Allie –
    Just read your story. I will be praying for you and your family. In college you were truly the strongest girl I knew! You had a deep faith and understanding of our Father that blessed and enriched my time with you. I know you will be drawing close to Him through this. Lifting you into His care for you.
    Michelle (Noyes) Belgiano

  20. Christy Leenheer March 19, 2012 at 3:52 am #

    Hi there, I am so glad I can contact you this way. My family is praying for you & I know you are so strong & going to beat this! I wanted to see if you minded if myself & other instructors can have a Zumbathon/Cardio charity event in your name & donate it to your family? We want to help in any way we can. I think we are going to try & hold it at CVCA. Please let me know how you feel about this. We just wanna help but not push you to do something you wouldn’t approve of. God Bless you & stay strong!
    Love, Christy Leenheer

  21. Heather March 19, 2012 at 5:56 am #

    Alli, I haven’t seen you in like 8years! We were at adullam in the beginnings along with you and Adam…..I will commit to praying for your healing and for your whole family. Your strength and beauty of spirit is inspiring.

  22. Amelia Malek March 19, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Dear Alli——I was saddened,and surprised to see this.You and your family will be in my constant prayers.I do know that Christ is faithful,continue to trust in Him.You are a lovely woman,wife,and mother.

  23. Diane Knepp Rozlog March 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    Dear Allie:

    I could not believe it when Ashley told me you were sick. I am so so sorry to hear this and will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. You have always been a strong girl so I don’t have any doubt that you will get through this. Am so glad you started this blog. You are a wonderful inspiration. Love you.

    Diane

  24. Kendra (Anderson) Painter March 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Allie,

    Wow…my heart is broken for you as you enter this surprise of a journey. I will be praying for you. For miracles, for strength, for sweet times with your family, and for ultimate healing. Thanks for sharing your journey with us on here.

    Love,
    Kendra

  25. Megan Anderson March 19, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    Hi Allie,

    I am so sorry to hear you are sick. My heart goes out to you and your family. I have no doubt you will pull through this as you are such a strong person. Your girls are beautiful! It has been many years since I have seen you, but my sister-in-law sent me a link to your blog. I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers. Know that you are loved!
    Megan (Lightfoot) Anderson

  26. Michele Chetham March 20, 2012 at 4:18 am #

    Dear Allie,
    We are so sad that you are experiencing this most difficult journey! With your strong Faith and amazing personal strength, the LOVE you have for your beautiful family and the LOVE we all have for you will help you fight and overcome this illness!! you are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you and Adam and the girls!
    Michele, Paul, Rachel and Sarah Chetham

  27. Sara Laverty March 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Allie, I used to go to Aspen Grove when y’all were there as well. I just got caught up on what’s been going on. I will be praying for you and your fight, as well as your family!

    Sara

  28. Amanda Klag March 21, 2012 at 2:20 am #

    Hi Allie!! I just found out about your blog and your diagnosis. I am so sorry to hear this. Please know that I am praying for you and your family everyday! I miss you and I wish you well.

    Ps. I am still working out weekly! At least 5 times. You helped me believe in myself. I will do this because of you!! :)

  29. Tiffany Toms (Winters) March 21, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Allison, We were in classes together in middle school but I can still see you so clearly totally kicking ass in every sport we played. I can remember wishing I had that kind of athleticism. I too believe GOD has a plan, whatever and why-ever it is no one knows. But maybe that strength and stamina you displayed then has prepared you for this fight ahead. I am sure it has been a whirlwind of emotion but I can see your faith and strength in your posts. My prayers and thoughts for you and your family. God will see you through.

  30. Ellen patrino March 28, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    Allison I just happened to come across this. You and your family are in our prayers. I will call your mom to see what we can do.

  31. Doug Greenleaf March 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    Hello Allison (Allie), You have a beautiful family, your Daughters look like their Mom. I’m am sorry to hear of your current Illness. I will be praying for you and your family.
    Take care, Doug Greenleaf

  32. Joy Wright April 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    Hi Allie,
    My name is Joy Wright I became a toxicologist educator when I was diagnosed with CML Leukemia 6 years ago, I am a Mother of four and learned my cancer came from what I aborbed, inhaled and digested that it was a chemical, so here I am healthy 6 years later! Love to share my story with you, feel free to call me at 330-268-7615, I live in Medina, Ohio…

  33. Cori Hoover Six April 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Allie- I just heard about your illness and then found your blog. I will be praying for you and your family. It is so wonderful to see you are still holding tight to your faith and being such an amazing example of His love (just like in high school).

  34. Tiffany Lujan April 26, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Hi Allie,

    I’ve been following your blog and you have been in my prayers ever since I heard of your illness. Hang in there! You have sooo many people praying for you! Your strength & faith are such an inspiration.

  35. tricialottwilliford June 18, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    You are amazing. Very truly.

  36. Dave Jividen July 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    I’m continuing to pray for your recovery and for your family. Reading your posts have been truly inspiring. Your strength and daily dependence on the Lord has been a great example for all of us. God bless you.

  37. diane k. gross July 14, 2012 at 6:40 am #

    i think of you quite often and naturally quite interested in your progress since i am facing something similar with my liver. in fact i am some minor surgery on thurs. july 19th. i will have to have anesthesia so i cannot come to see you, but when you come home i would like to make a point of seeing you. i admire your courage and upbeat attitude. i am a firm believer that being positive and your faith guiding you, it helps in a speedy recovery. if you feel up to it drop me an e-mail anytime. Lots of Love, Diane

  38. Sherice Burton January 31, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    Hello, I would like to introduce myself. My daughter Blaike attends CVCA. She has been keeping me updated about your progress since last year. I just want you to know that you are always in my prayers and I’m talking about some good intense prayer. God has his hands upon you and there is nothing too hard for him. I was raised Pentecostal and we believe in faith and the power of God. You an amazing woman of God and he is going to see you through this. I just want you to know that I have joined with the others is walking through this with you. I have a poem for you, but my computer is acting up so I will post it at a later time. Keep blogging that one of your sources of strength. And thank you so much for sharing your life it is inspiring to me and helps me have a greater appreciation for life and family. I have 5 children most of them are younger and it can be a challenge, but I’m thankful. Be strong in the Lord and if there is anything I can do please don’t hesitate. Take care and I will talk with you soon!

  39. Julie Zich February 3, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    Hi Allie, It was so great to meet you and your family earlier today. I was really moved by your story of amazing stength. Your deep devotion to your faith is obvious and so inspiring. You and your husband have such a lovely family and should be very proud. You will be in my prayers and I will stay updated on your progress. Stay strong (for the most part and every now and then enjoy a good cry). It was nice to see that many others are traveling with you on this journey. Enjoy Florida!

  40. ruth koptis March 2, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    Dearest Allie, I HAVE BEEN READNG YOUR BLOG ALMOST DAILY AND IF I MISS A DAY I YEARN TO GET “BACK TO YOU”. BILL AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW WE PRAY FOR YOU NOT DAILY BUT WE ARE PRAYING MANY, MANY TIMES DAILY. GOD HAS A IN A POSITION WHERE WE ARE ABLE TO DO THIS. I HAVE REQUESTED PRAYER FOR YOU IN MY SMALL GROUP FROM OUR LADIES BIBLE STUDY. THEY TOO ARE PRAYING.
    YOU CONTINUE TO STAY BRAVE SWEETHEART AND HAVE THE CONFIDENCE, AND I KNOW YOU DO… THAT OUR GOD IS SO NEAR TO YOU AND MY PRAYER IS THAT YOU CAN FEEL THE WARMTH OF THE ARMS OF CHRIST AS THE HOLY SPIRIT WRAPPED AROUND YOU CONSTANTLY.
    YOUR FRIENDS, RUTH AND BILL KOPTIS

  41. ruth koptis March 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    Dearest Allie, I HAVE BEEN READNG YOUR BLOG ALMOST DAILY AND IF I MISS A DAY I YEARN TO GET “BACK TO YOU”. BILL AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW WE PRAY FOR YOU NOT DAILY BUT WE ARE PRAYING MANY, MANY TIMES DAILY. GOD HAS US IN A POSITION WHERE WE ARE ABLE TO DO THIS. I HAVE REQUESTED PRAYER FOR YOU IN MY SMALL GROUP FROM OUR LADIES BIBLE STUDY. THEY TOO ARE PRAYING.
    YOU CONTINUE TO STAY BRAVE SWEETHEART AND HAVE THE CONFIDENCE, AND I KNOW YOU DO… THAT OUR GOD IS SO NEAR TO YOU AND MY PRAYER IS THAT YOU CAN FEEL THE WARMTH OF THE ARMS OF CHRIST AS THE HOLY SPIRIT WRAPPED AROUND YOU CONSTANTLY.
    YOUR FRIENDS, RUTH AND BILL KOPTIS

  42. Anginette May 27, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    Allie, you truly are living strong. Even though you and your family are fighting an incredibly hard fight, your posts are full of joy! I am amazed at the strength God is giving you, and I am praying that He continues to fill you to overflowing!

    “The joy of the LORD is your strength.” -Nehemiah 8:10

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  44. Erica James August 9, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Allison,
    I just want you to know that I have been praying so much
    for you! God is doing some incredible things in your life
    and it is evident that you are looking to Him. Jesus
    Is the ultimate Healer and I love that you give glory to Him at the
    end of each of your blog entries. I have followed
    your story from the beginning as I am one of your
    sister in law and brother’s friends. You keep looking up and
    Focusing on His kingdom! You are loved!!!!

  45. eric February 9, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    I spoke briefly about this issue above, but the concept should be elaborated on.
    When it comes to sports blogs, there is just an endless supply of these floating around.

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