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12/14/2016 Latest post:
Colleen was found to have a large mass on her thyroid recently and will be undergoing surgery to remove the mass on Wednesday December 14, 2016 at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, MN. Colleen is expected to spend one night in the hospital and likely a few weeks recovering. It is unclear if the mass is benign or malignant at this point so it is unknown if she will have her left thyroid removed as well as the right. That will be determined in surgery. Until the mass is diagnosed, it is unclear what further treatment may or may not be needed.
Colleen does not have family nearby however her work family has shown tremendous support and many are stepping up offering assistance in whatever manner they can. What a wonderful family this is!
My name is Tracy Friendshuh and I am a friend and co-worker of Colleen's. Colleen has asked me organize assistance for her and keep her friends and family updated. Please feel free to contact me anytime and once Colleen is back up and running (well, at least talking) she'll take over from there!
Your prayers and words of encouragement for Colleen are appreciated. Please remember to keep the surgical team and hospital staff in your prayers as well.
Thank you so much for being there for Colleen! She may not speak the words right now but know she's overwhelmed with your thoughts, prayers and willingness to help her overcome this obstacle in her path!