Ashley’s diagnosis with synovial sarcoma
Ashley Poland was 23, preparing to graduate from Ohio State, eagerly looking ahead to the rest of her life. Everything seemed possible.
For two years, Ashley had lived with a nagging pain in her leg. She had been seeing a chiropractor for relief, but a doctor finally ordered new tests that would set her life down an entirely different path: Ashley had synovial sarcoma, a cancer that attacks soft tissue, usually near a joint. It is rare, striking between one and three people in a million. Suddenly, the goals Ashley had set for her life narrowed to one: survive.
While her friends graduated, started careers and met their future husbands and wives, Ashley started chemotherapy, had surgery to remove the sarcoma and endured radiation to destroy any cancer cells that remained.