They married in December 2014 and Colleen moved to Springfield where Ted was working. In 2015, when Colleen received a job in Charlotte, the family relocated, returning home after Colleen’s diagnosis.
Confident she could beat cancer, Colleen began treatments and accepted a job at Channel 5 in Chicago. But cancer, taking care of a baby and rising at 1 a.m. to drive to Chicago by 2 a.m. was too much, Kathy said.
Something had to go. Colleen decided that something should be the job.
“She had a hard time taking care of him [Russell] and she was not feeling well from the chemotherapy,” Kathy said. “She said, ‘I want to quit the job and spend what time I have with him because I don’t know how long I’m going to live.’ But she had a very positive outlook. Anytime I complained about what she was going through, she would say, ‘It’s OK. Somebody always has it worse.’ ”
Instead, Colleen organized a fundraiser to benefit breast cancer research, Kathy said. She did not call her cancer “terminal.” She called it “treatable,” Kathy said. Even when the cancer traveled to her bones, her spine and her brain, Colleen did not give up.
“She was just confident things would go her way,” Kathy said.