Country music star Ashley Monroe, a member of the Pistol Annies, shared on social media that she is beginning chemotherapy treatment this week after she was diagnosed with a rare cancer, Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia. She said she was diagnosed after she found out she was anemic during routine blood work this year.

Monroe said the disease causes her “to be pretty severely anemic, and I feel it.”

Monroe said her diagnosis is “an illness that is VERY live with-able.” She looked to get treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the post said she begins chemotherapy on Wednesday.

“I’m thankful there IS a treatment that actually works to fight what is causing harm to my body,” she wrote in the post. “THANKFUL for friends and family who have gathered around me praying and sending flowers and letting me lean on them during this super weird chapter of my life.”

Monroe added that she is thankful for her three-year-old son, Dalton, whom she said she is “fighting for the most,” and her husband, John Danks.

She initially kept the diagnosis private, but decided to share it on social media because she “could use the prayers.”

“And I DO believe in the power of prayer guys,” she wrote. “I also believe in the power of love healing us all on an even deeper level. I love you all big.”

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