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Colleen Carlsen Memorial Fund.
$1,940 raised
78% of $2.5k goal
35 contributors
4 Years running
My mother, Colleen, battled cancer for nearly 26 years. For as long as I can remember she was in and out the hospital, bearing tests and research to determine what exactly was going on. Her story is a hard one to tell since she was one of the few ...
My mother, Colleen, battled cancer for nearly 26 years. For as long as I can remember she was in and out the hospital, bearing tests and research to determine what exactly was going on. Her story is a hard one to tell since she was one of the few people who puzzled the doctors who worked with her over the years. She was also very private with her health and never wanted people to worry. She never really seemed to have any symptoms, never showed signs of being "sick." She lived a happy life, always smiling and cracking as many jokes as she could. She was very comfortable to be around and always made you feel like you were part of her family.

Back in September, 2012 she started chemotherapy yet again for the 3rd time in her life. This time it was a much more rigorous regiment. Still sticking with the positive attitude, she fought through the weeks on with one week off in between until about 3 weeks ago. She started to become very weak and dehydrated from a new type of chemo the doctors were trying since the previous types did not seem to work as well as they had hoped. When my mother went in for her regular scheduled treatment one Friday morning, the doctor told her that she would be unable to do the treatment due to her blood count being too low. She was admitted to the hospital and from that point, never had a chance to leave.

She underwent more tests, had a CAT-Scan, an MRI and more blood tests. As a result, it was discovered that the cancer had spread to her brain. Her speech started declining and she became very tired. Attempts to slow the process were made and she started radiation treatments for the 2nd time in her life.

After a long struggle to fight off her declining health from batting the evil of cancer, my mother, Colleen, passed away peacefully on Friday night (May 17th) around 9:54pm surrounded by her closest family.

I have set up this page in hopes to reach out to friends, family and anyone who would like to help contribute to her memorial fund. Proceeds from this fund will help cover the unexpected costs of the funeral expenses and any overage from there will be donated to her favorite charity, Amy's Treat at the Seacoast Cancer Center within Wentworth Douglas Hospital.

Whether you are able or unable to donate, please take the time to share any stories or experiences you have had with her. She touched many lives and we would love to see her legacy live on.

On behalf of our family, we extend our most heart-felt thank you for your help in this time of grieving.
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