A 30-year-old Ohio teacher who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer when she was just 21 years old and refused to let doctors tell her the prognosis because she did not want to live in fear died on Sunday.
Ashley Wyss of Clintonville, Ohio, who at one point during the course of her illness had 100 tumors in her lungs, died at home while surrounded by family, according to an online obituary.
In 2011, Ashley woke up one morning to find a lump at the front of her neck, according to the Mirror.
An ultrasound led to a diagnosis of medullary thyroid cancer. Doctors then performed surgery to remove her thyroid and 42 lymph nodes.
Ashley Wyss of Clintonville, Ohio, died in her home on Sunday, according to an online obituary. She was 30 years old
Wyss was diagnosed with thyroid cancer when she was just 21 years old and refused to let doctors tell her the prognosis because she did not want to live in fear
At one point during the course of her illness, doctors found 100 tumors in her lungs
'It was definitely a shock, but I felt like I needed to be the strong one for my parents and friends since I was so young,’ she said of her diagnosis.
Ashley appeared to be cancer free, but in 2013 the disease resurfaced. She had 20 more lymph nodes removed, half of which were cancerous.
The next year, the cancer spread from her neck to her lungs. By 2015, doctors discovered more than 100 tumors in her lungs.
At age 25, Ashley was told that she needed to start a regimen of potent oral chemotherapy since the tumors in her lungs were interfering with her breathing.
The strength of the treatment meant that she would likely need further care for the rest of her life.
Wyss was determined to lead a normal life despite her illness. She taught, had a side business as a fitness influencer, and married Ryan Wyss (pictured with his wife)
Wyss was one of the first 20 people in the world to try a clinical cancer drug known as Loxo 292
She underwent several operations during the course of her treatment, including one in