On September 1, 2018, Colleen was diagnosed with several blood clots throughout her body to include her lungs. Since then, she's had countless scans and procedures either telling her everything was just fine or that there was something more concerning going on in her body. It was all rather confusing (not to mention frustrating) given Colleen had no symptoms of any kind.
Fast forward to January 2019: Colleen and her family went to the Mayo Clinic where she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer. The cancer has spread to her liver, lymph nodes, and progressing towards her spine. While this news is devastating, it’s not discouraging Colleen from beating this.
Colleen is surrounded by her loving family, incredible friends, a super medical staff, all of you reading this…the list is endless. She has immense gratitude for your support, kindness, and encouragement. If there’s anything we all know about Colleen is she doesn’t give up, and she’s certainly not going to be defeated by this nasty crap – she may have cancer, but it certainly doesn’t have her. And let’s face it: her husband, Chris, and their kiddo, Colin, won’t let it happen either! Many people have beat cancer – their stories are inspiring, and Colleen has the attitude and perseverance to add her name to the list of success stories.
If you wish to help Colleen and her family in some way, please visit the Meal Train site that's been established. You'll have the opportunity to deliver a meal to the family, send a gift card, contribute monetarily, or sign up for other things Colleen and her family may need as the days progress. We’ll keep the site updated with current needs, so check back every now and then to see if things have changed.
Here’s the link: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/vwrooz
(If the link doesn't work, please copy and paste it into another browser session. There have been issues...you can also go to the "Ways to Help" tab on this site for some details).
Colleen begins chemotherapy on January 30. Stay tuned to CaringBridge for updates on her progress. Your kindness, encouragement, and love are crucial and much appreciated. Let's help Colleen kick this colon cancer in the butt (pun intended)!