11 down … last one on Wednesday!

Dear Loving Friends and Family:
I can see the end of this leg of our journey, and I’m very happy to announce that this round of chemotherapy is almost over!  I believe the side effect that had the largest impact on my has been exhaustion, it will be so unbelievably amazing to not feel like I just want to sit on a couch all day.  Watch out gym, it’s going to be a mass-gaining summer! 🙂  Connor has committed that he’ll be on the ‘gainz-train’ with me this summer, lot’s of bro-sessions coming.
My last chemotherapy for this round will be on Wednesday the 10th.  I’ll most likely have a CT scan as well to compare to my last baseline and make sure that there are no additional metastasization.  If all looks good, I’ll be doing CT scans every few months to keep an eye on it, as distal cholangiocarcinoma is known to be persistent.
It’s almost ’summer’ for the kids, and Riley will be done with “4th year” and Connor will complete his Leaving Certificate and “6th year”.  Riley will be going to Spain to be immersed with a Spanish family for two weeks at the end of April and beginning of May (directly after Spring Break). Connor has been accepted to a few different Universities and he’s still weighing his options, but the last time I checked he’s leaning towards accepting at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland).
I’ll keep it short and sweet, but couldn’t end without mentioning the newest member of the Colson family, Xena! Xena is our 3 month old baby Yorkie.  If you know me, you know that I’ve never been a ‘dog person’, however we baby sat the cutest dog ever (shout out to Kaia) and she ‘changed’ me.  Xena is unbelievably adorable and an amazing breath of fresh air, and it’s wonderful to hear the entire family laughing and carrying on with her!  She’s getting very good at her potty training and has learned how to ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ (almost) already!!
Peace and Love,Riley, Connor, Denise & Jay