Ashleigh Simrajh used her last days to spread a message of love with the world.
Her mission is to encourage others to go for regular skin checks and question a doctor’s diagnosis if something doesn’t feel right. If she had done that, it would have saved her life.
Ashleigh first noticed a strange bump on her leg last when she was 20-years-old.
Feeling concerned, she went to the family doctor. Ashleigh was told it was nothing serious. The Simrajh family claim they were dismissed with a reference to a surgeon after being told it was a wart, following a quick visual exam. When she went to the surgeon, she was quoted a $2,500 price for the removal, since it was a cosmetic procedure.
Speaking to the media, her father Tony Simrajh claims that “Ashley went away from those appointments thinking she just had something cosmetic on her and it wasn’t something that she had to worry about. About May last year, she went to check it again because it was sore, with another doctor, who within five minutes did a biopsy and then we got the devastating news that it was a nodular melanoma.”
Mr. Simrajh said the family's life got put on hold for 12 months and they all live in dread about what is going to happen to Ashleigh.
Nodular melanoma is a type of skin cancer. It is considered highly curable when diagnosed early. However, because nodular melanoma grows so quickly, it is often found at a more advanced stage, when it has already spread to other organs.
For Ashleigh, it was too late. Cancer had spread to her lungs, lymph nodes, and liver.
The family was told in late August that she had one to three days to live. They decided to make the best of and Ashleigh and her long time partner Jason Hale took the plunge. On September 5, 2020, Ashleigh got married in an amazing ceremony to the love of her life. The wedding was both the happiest and saddest day of Mr. Simrajh's life. "To see her so fragile on what should have been her happiest day was heartbreaking but yet seeing the love that was in the room for her was very inspirational," he said.
Sadly, on September 14, 2020, Ashleigh's family shared devastating news. At 1:10 am in the morning, on the Gold Coast of Australia, 23-year-old Ashleigh Simrajh very sadly passed away to melanoma.
Her husband posted this beautiful tribute on Facebook:
Ash, you were the most beautiful woman I could've ever imagined being with.
You had the soul of an angel!
Words cannot describe the pain I'm feeling right now, I'm absolutely devasted and my heart is completely shattered.
I was never prepared for writing this, I held so much hope for you to get better again.
You were so brave and strong and I know that you tried your absolute best fighting this battle, you couldn't have tried any harder than you did.
I'm so proud of you babe.
Thank you for everything you ever did for me (which was a LOT!)
Thank you for being so kind, selfless and caring - as you were to a lot of people.
Thank you for loving me so much and making me feel like I was on top of world, its what any man hopes for and dreams of.
From very early on you had a special place in my heart and that special place will always be there for you and only you.
I know for a fact we would've had such a bright future together. Filled with so much joy and pure happiness!
We had so much planned out! We pictured having kids, cute kids too! (Only because of your gorgeous looks, not mine haha), traveling the world, and most importantly growing old together!
We would've done so much more than that too, as any loving couple does.
I think growing old with you was something I wanted to do the most. Not much else mattered to me than to just be there with you for my whole life.
Knowing that these things won't ever happen rips me apart inside. I'll never stop thinking about them.
I really loved caring for you Ashy, it gave me purpose. I loved making you laugh with bad jokes, making you smile all the time. You had the most beautiful smile ever, something that I won't ever forget.
To have called you my wife meant the absolute world to me and I'm so grateful that the day happened. I know you had a wonderful day too and it made you happy which was the most important thing out of it all.
I really don't know what I'm going to do without you now. I'm so lost and feel completely empty inside. It doesn't even feel real to me that you're gone, it just feels like I'm in this horrible dream which I can't escape.
I needed you in my life.
You were my best friend.
I don't know where abouts you are now, but I hope I can find you again very soon.
For now my precious angel, fly high