Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Monday we went in to our first oncology visit.

Almost to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Beautiful view from the waiting room

The first thing we were told is that they cannot "cure" stage 4 colon cancer, but they can extend my life expectancy with chemotherapy. They said that on average with treatment I could expect to live two years. Of course we have read about those who have survived this and I believe that if it's the Lord's will, I can too.

I go in on Thursday to have a "port" put in which provides a simple and relatively painless (I hope) method to administer chemotherapy drugs.

Monday I begin chemotherapy. I will be there a large part of the day to get chemo and then go home with a pump that will continue to give me chemo over the next couple of days. Then a nurse will come "unhook" me, take her pump and I will continue this process every other Monday for a couple of months. Then I will have a CT scan to see how I am responding.
The good news is the doctor doesn't think I will lose my hair! I guess I didn't need to get this haircut afterall but it sure is a LOT easier to do! Of course I wonder how sure he can be that I won't lose hair so I'm prepared for either way.

This whole thing has happened so fast. I can not believe I am sitting here talking about the things I'm talking about. But there is one thing I want all of you to know...I trust my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ. If I have to go through this, there is a  reason. And I know I am being watched over and blessed as well as my family. I am so grateful to all of you for your outpouring of love and concern for me and my family.


  1. We SO much appreciate the updates!! We are praying for you constantly and add our unwavering faith to yours.

    Shadow and family

  2. Love you aresuch a great example! Thanks for being you!
    Much love
    Isham's in Atlanta

  3. My prayers Are with you all, especially you Dawna. A member of my previous ward got diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer as well. He had to get surgery to remove parts of his intestines and did chemo, and the same pump as you. Why I'm telling you this is because he was given only one year to live. It has been almost 4 years now! He is doing well and healthy. He still has cancer but is fighting back!
    I'm sure you will do the same :)

  4. Your faith and strength are inspiring. There are many thoughts and prayers being sent your way on a daily basis, but I don't need to tell you that. I'm sure you can feel it. And for the are totally rockin' your new hairstyle!!!

  5. What I meant to say yesterday, is how much I admire you. You have such a close relationship with our Heavenly Father. I know He is watching over you and your family. You are so positive about all that is going on, that is some of the best medicine.

  6. Dawna, I'm not sure we have met but your husband knows my boys through scouts. I was very sorry to hear of your crisis, but know that you are in my prayers. Stay strong, keep the faith and know that our Heavenly Father loves you and will always be at your side through your struggle.
    Your new hair cut is amazing just like you are!
    I recently heard of a product on a medical talk show that is supposed to help you from losing hair due to chemo. I believe it was called a chemo cap. It sounds strange but you actually freeze it and then wear it. It has been proven effective in Europe and now is coming to the states. I don't remember website but, I bet your daughter could find more info on it.
    I hope your first week of treatment goes smoothly. I bet you can feel the warmth of Heavenly Father from all of our prayers.

    The Steffensen Family