It is time for some important news and an update on Colie. A lot has happened in the last few weeks since our last update. After much research and persistence by Colie, she has secured herself a spot in a clinical trial, conducted by the Sarcoma specialists group Sloan Kettering, to be conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The clinical trial will start ASAP. As a part of this trial, Colie will take two oral medications. One will be a chemo pill and the other is a PARP inhibitor. The PARP inhibitor is supposed to inhibit dead cancer cells from regenerating and growing inside of her body while the chemo pills will kill the live cancer cells that have spread to other parts of her body. She will be on a "one week on" and "two week off" cycle with scans after each of the first two cycles. Colie is very optimistic with the opportunity that this clinical trial brings her. She and her mother Sharon will be burning up the highway back and forth between New Jersey and Massachusetts until the trial is complete.
In addition to participating in this very important clinical trial, Colie will also be back on campus this weekend for the Elon University Relay For Life event. On Friday, April 22nd, Colie will be the guest speaker during the 11:30pm time slot at the event to be held on the Francis recreational fields. We hope to see you there!
Another big date is Saturday, May 21st. This is the day that Colie will graduate from Elon University with a degree in Exercise Science!
Thanks again to all of you from the bottom of our hearts! Much love - Elon Women's Soccer
We wanted to give you an update on Colie. The results of this past summer's stem cell transplant were positive until a scan in December. That scan unfortunately showed that the tumor in her lung had grown and that the cancer had also spread to her lymph nodes. Colie is currently having inpatient chemotherapy every 4 weeks in a effort to slow the cancer growth down. She is also seeking 2nd opinions about her condition as well as seeking more information and joining wait lists for experimental clinical trials.
With all of that being said, this amazing young woman is on track to graduate from Elon University this May with a degree in Exercise Science. Colie is completing her last 3 courses online this spring. Elon's athletic academic staff and professors have been very helpful with the logistics of achieving this goal. What a tremendous accomplishment.
In her "spare" time, Colie has been working as a Physical Therapist's aide and coaching a U12 girls club soccer team and in her words she "LOVES IT!"
Hello Kickin' it with Colie supporters. We would like to provide you with an update on Colie's journey.
Currently, the tumors have stopped responding to the chemo regime she was doing throughout the spring. Therefore, her doctor's prescribed a different treatment and she received a stem cell transplant in July. On Aug 25th, she had a PET scan that showed that the mass in between the lobes of her lung had shrunk while the other smaller mass had shrunk and appeared to be dead. Her doctor prescribed 6 weeks off until the next PET scan which is scheduled for Oct. 5th. Colie will see her doctor on Oct. 9th. Right after the Oct. 9th doctor's appointment, she will be hustling to Elon for her Senior Weekend celebration and she is very excited to see everyone and to be there for two Elon women's soccer home games! Thanks again for all of your love and support for Colie!
We just wanted to take a moment to update you on Colie.
We've hit a speed bump in the recovery process. Her latest scans have revealed the re-emergence of several small tumors, located at the original surgical site. Colie has been back in chemotherapy for the last 3 weeks and will continue to do so for the next 3-5 months. She is doing her treatments here at Alamance Hospital. She does a cycle of 2 weeks on, Monday-Friday, and one week off for now. Team members are sitting with her on a daily basis while her mother Sharon works during the weeks in New Jersey. Sharon is back down at Elon every chance possible while maintaining her work responsibilities. Colie is still fulfilling her full-time Elon academic requirements as well.
Colie is set to have another surgery, this summer, to remove the tumors and lining around her right lung. Hopefully, this surgery will remove all of the cancerous cells from the area. She is continuing her brave fight with the help of her family and teammates. She is one tough young woman and your support is a tremendous motivator for her. We cannot thank you enough!
Colie finished her 10 month chemo program this past December and is officially in remission!. Way to go Colie! Needless to say it was a happy holiday for her. She even made it down to Disney World to celebrate! She will be having a final surgery, on January 21st, to remove the chemo port. Her plan is to return full-time to Elon to start the spring academic semester in February!!!! We are so proud of her and we are so excited to have her back. She has accomplished great things with all of your help and support! Much love - Elon University Women's Soccer
We hope all is well with everyone! We have some positive news to share with you all via a message from Colie to the team last week. She is doing well and on schedule as far as her recovery and rehab is concerned. She has two titanium ribs and a 2 foot long scar from back to front that her body is adjusting to. She is also staying busy with her school work and internship to complete her graduation requirements on time. Enough from us, read for yourselves...
I was scheduled to finish chemotherapy in October, however, treatments are now every 3 weeks instead of 2. That means my official end date is now December 7th. I have only four treatments left. I actually have treatment tomorrow, so after tomorrow, I only have three! That's pretty much it for chemo stuff.
Scans....I have had two scans that have been clear of the cancer since surgery. A CT scan and a PET scan. Both show no signs of the cancer, however, I still have to finish chemotherapy to make sure their are no micro cells of cancer still in my body.
Physical therapy....I have been doing physical therapy with a cancer care physical therapist ever since my surgery. I have done about 25 sessions so far. The sessions include deep tissue massage on my scar and surrounding areas, and then exercise with weights!! My therapist thinks I am doing so well, that I will be discharged sometime next week.
School...I have been working very hard this spring, summer, and fall to continue my school work. I have already completed five online classes and am currently in three more and doing an internship. Because of my hard work, I will still be able to graduate with my class in May 2016. My internship is with my cancer care physical therapist. I have always wanted to go into physical therapy, but after this experience, I know I want to go into cancer care physical therapy. I know it will be very rewarding.
Soccer.....I miss soccer every day. There is probably not an hour that goes by that I don't think about soccer, the team, or next season. I am very determined to get back on that field, and there will be nothing that stops me.
I think that's it. Let me know if you want anything else.
We just wanted to take a quick moment to share some incredibly positive news with you all about Colie.
In early June, Colie had surgery to remove the tumor from her right rib cage. The tumor was removed successfully but not without a price. Colie, had to have two ribs permanently removed while a third was basically gone due to the damage caused by the tumor. Colie's doctors replaced two of the ribs with permanent titanium ribs. A month later she has received her first scan with no signs of the cancer. She still has a little less than 100 days of chemotherapy left. She is currently doing physical therapy to help her regain full movement on the right side of her upper body and she says it is going well. We are so happy to share this positive news with all of you that supported her throughout this continuing journey and we will keep you updated on her progress.
Hello Kickin' It With Colie supporters! Thanks to everyone for your continued support. Colie has responded well to the first few months of treatment. It was great seeing her back on campus for our annual Elon Athletics award banquet where she picked up her FEMALE ATHLETE of the YEAR award!!!! From a medical standpoint, the tumor has significantly reduced in size and the doctors have set a surgery date in early June! Colie continues to be overwhelmed with the amazing support from friends, family, and the soccer community! Much Love - Kickin' It With Colie!
We can't thank everyone enough for supporting Colie! When we started the "Kickin' It With Colie" site, we were not really sure what level of response to expect. The display of love and support from Colie's friends, our Elon Soccer alumni, Elon University, our local soccer networks, friends and families of our team, and the NCAA soccer community has been nothing short of incredible! Your actions and positive words are incredibly motivating to Colie as she starts this journey. Thanks for everything. Now... let's keep rollin' and "Kickin' It With Colie!"
Nicole Dennion is one amazing young woman and a sophomore forward on our Elon University women's soccer team. Around Elon, she goes by "Colie" but many of you probably know her as the 2013 Southern Conference Women's Soccer Player-of-the-Year! In mid-February, Colie noticed a small bump on the right side of her rib cage. This led her to the hospital for X-rays, a CAT scan that revealed a tumor, and ultimately a biopsy that officially diagnosed a cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma. Ewing's Sarcoma is a cancer of the bone, or soft tissue surrounding the bone, that typically is found in children and young adults. However, those of us that REALLY KNOW Colie are aware that cancer actually just caught a real bad case of Jersey redhead called NICOLE DENNION!
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind for Colie and her mother Sharon. She is in the process of withdrawing from her classes and moving back to New Jersey where she will receive treatment at the Fox Chase Cancer center in Philadelphia (about 45 minutes from her home). Nicole is just beginning her journey and we have set up this account to offset the numerous costs that are going to be associated with her relocation, living expenses, care, and travel. We all can't wait to see Colie back in uniform and out on the field again in the future. Thanks so much for your support of "Kickin' It With Colie!"