Lost her mother, Therese, in 2012
My mom was diagnosed on Valentine’s Day 2008, only 2 months after turning 49.
Initially misdiagnosed as a gallbladder issue, she had a colonoscopy to “rule out” any colon issues. Upon completing the colonoscopy, the doctor told our family that he couldn’t says "It’s NOT cancer." We would have to wait for the biopsy results to get back to confirm. As it turned out, she had Stage 4 colon cancer. After initial diagnosis, doctors estimated she’d had colon cancer for 7-10 years prior to its discovery. Unable to do radiation, she underwent chemotherapy and went into brief remissions, only to have it return 9 months later. “Terminal diagnosis” was delivered August 2010. She chose NOT to treat with chemo, but rather live out the rest of her days feeling as best she could. She passed away in her home June 2012 with her two daughters by her side.