Monday, August 30, 2010

The Wait Is Almost Over

On September 9 of last year I discovered I had breast cancer, and for the 355 days since then I've been waiting for someone to do something about it.

Two things you should know about me:
1. I am not a patient person.
2. I do not like needing other people to do things for me.

The waiting has been the hardest part. Waiting for appointments, waiting for doctors to return from vacation, waiting for new symptoms to show up, waiting for someone to take my concerns seriously. Always waiting.

Later today I begin my first round of chemotherapy treatment. I wouldn't exactly say I am looking forward to it, but I feel like I am FINALLY doing something to get this cancer out of me.

All of this waiting has been good for me in some ways. I have been slowly marking things off my massive to do list, I have been researching, I have been cleaning, I have been reading, I have been thinking. I am tired.

I will update when I am able to. In the mean time, take time today to do something that you've been meaning to do but haven't. Whatever it is, just go do it. It will make you feel better. :)


  1. Really puts things into perspective, doesn't it? Our thoughts are with you today (it is 11:08, and I know where you are). Keep thinking positive thoughts and "out damn spot, out!!!"

  2. Patience, this is an endurance event. What occurs this week will probably be the pattern of events for you each chemo treatment. You will have a "worst day", and it will get better.
    1) stay ahead of the nausea with the meds you were given.
    2) Treat diarrhea with the Imodium immediately. Dehydration occurs rapidly and is serious.
    We love you!

  3. Thinking of you Colleen. Not a day has gone by that Kristy and I have not thought of you and prayed for you to be given strength to push forward and to be healed of this...We have seen the beginning and end of a long journey and know that you will triumph in the end! We love you
    -Aaron, Kristy, Addison & Ethan