Our Story

One of the many gifts of the weekend, having Ashley well enough to go to dinner for Jeremy's birthday, over a year ago.

Hello there! We are the Traficant family- Jim, Gwen, Ashley, and Jeremy. This blog is to update you on our status as we progress towards Ashley’s liver transplant.  We will all be taking turns keeping you updated.

Our family has dealt with chronic illness for over twenty-two years. Jim (dad) was diagnosed with a rare liver disease, Primary Schlerosing Cholangitis (PSC), shortly before Ashley was born.  He has since had two liver transplants.  Ashley was diagnosed with the same disease shortly after Jim’s second transplant.  That was a little over seven years ago and Ashley is still fighting to regain her health. There have been many disappointments and blessings along the way but our relationship with God as a result of our faith in Jesus Christ has carried us through the years of tears, laughter, sickness, healing, and the toll that comes with the emotional roller coaster of chronic illness. Because of Christ, we have found hope.

Ashley is currently listed for a liver transplant at Duke University. As we wait, Gwen and Jeremy are going through the process of being considered to be living donors at the University of Minnesota.  We hope that this blog can be an encouragement to you and also provide ways in which you can come alongside our family and join us in prayer as we walk through this difficult journey, because it is a path best walked with friends.

Thanks for walking with us and being part of the joy in the journey.


14 thoughts on “Our Story

  1. This is a family of bravehearts… Your faith in God despite the struggles, remains strong and is an inspiration to anybody whose faith has faltered. You will be in my prayers . Wish good luck and health to dear Ashley. Sona Puri

  2. Oh dear ones, thank you for this blog. As someone who knows the power of the prayers of God’s people, this is a great way to keep us informed so we can carry you all in prayer!

  3. Praying for all of you, dear friends. May God’s glory shine brightly and may all of you be immensely blessed through this challenge. Love, Penny.

  4. We will be praying for all of you and continue to be inspired by your unwavering faith through all of your struggles! Reminds me of the Mandisa song….”when the waves are taking you under, hold on just a little bit longer. He knows that this is gonna make you stronger!”

  5. Praying for you…that God will surround you with His arms of love in a very special way, & be to you all that you need as you go through this challenging journey!

  6. Praying for continued strength as you face this next chapter in your lives. Your family is such a strong witness to all of us.

    “…the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.”
    Ps. 147:11

    Love and hugs to all of you,

    Diane, Web, Stephanie and Webster

  7. Reblogged this on Bound to Hope and commented:
    This is my family’s blog we started to keep people updated on the process and progress as we move towards my liver transplant. I will be reblogging posts from here and vice versa.

  8. Dear (( KING ASHLEY )) this is Queen Bee MiChele (( from the infusion center )) I just want YOU to know that from the time I first saw you , you had a special glow ,,ordinarily I would have said hmmmm,,, (( see what ya don’t know is , we walked into the get your bracelet for the month at the same time,,)) I have a lot of patience, except for people that BUTT in line , you did not nor did I , same time we arrived ,they just saw you first ,, something in me said she is so polite so friendly to the register people she must be a regular ,,, so I it was Wednesday and my apps are on Tuesdays , a voice said there is a reason, MiChele sit back ,I thought you were a kid until I saw you sign the papers yourself , so I was like she is an adult but so beautiful and so young ,,today’s meds were so BETTER , because I spent time with you , and I have TRULY been blessed to meet you and mom ,, thank you so much for the WAY YOU ARE the woman you are through diversity , and tell MOM Im working on my cuss words

  9. Dear Traficant family,

    Thank you for this blog, so we know how to direct our prayer. You have touched our family’s lives in so many ways, and are so very precious to us. Now it is our turn to become prayer warriors on your behalf.

    Know that each of you is precious to our Lord as He surrounds you and holds you close.

    Hugs to each of you!

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