In a day and age when young women are being told that that the bravest thing they can do is kill their unborn child, one young woman made a different decision. I dare anybody to suggest she's not brave.
Ashley Bridges was 10 months pregnant with her daughter, Paisley, when she was diagnosed with bone cancer. Doctors advised her that chemotherapy should begin immediately, and that the treatments would certainly kill or significantly harm her unborn child.
Bridges refused treatment, knowing full well that she was signing her own death warrant.
"They told me what would likely happen to Paisley, that you know, she most likely wouldn't make it and I just knew. It wasn't a choice to me. It was like this is what needs to be done. She's first. I'm not going to kill a healthy baby because I'm sick. There's nothing wrong with her. Her life is just as important as mine if not more important. I mean as a mother my job is to protect my kids."
Ms. Bridges clearly understands the duty of any parent, but also the special love of a mother; she has another child, a six year old son named Braiden.
Ashley's condition continued to deteriorate, but in July of last year she successfully gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl.
I wish I could report that there's been a miracle recovery, and that Ashley's cancer has been beaten into submission, but that is sadly not the case. There has been a miracle of a different sort, though. Ashley herself is a miracle; a beautiful, educated, loving young woman who put the wellbeing of her unborn child above all.
God bless her, and God bless Braiden and Paisley. Their mother is the person we should all aspire to become.