Stage 4 cancer patient looks forward to elective surgeries returning May 4

Brittney Waldrop was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer back in September. She was so close to being done with treatment in April, until the pandemic struck.”I cried. I just cried,” she said.She had one surgery to go, a liver resection surgery, until she was free of colon cancer. Her procedure was pushed back because it was considered an elective surgery.”It was very devastating,” she said.Waldrop completed what she hopes is her last and eleventh round of chemotherapy April 13. She said the cancer in her colon has essentially cleared, doctors just have to remove the two tumors on her liver.”I cried when they said that, ‘Right now, we just have to put it on hold. We’re going to have to continue chemo until they open it up,'” said Waldrop. “Chemo is so hard, it’s the worst feeling in the world. I wish it on nobody. It’s horrible.”When she heard the governor’s announcement Friday that elective medical and elective procedures will start again May 4, she said she was ecstatic. “I immediately messaged my mom like, ‘Oh my gosh, look! Maybe I can have it even sooner!'” she said.Waldrop’s surgery is rescheduled for May 11 at the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.She gets her chemotherapy treatments in Norfolk at the Carson Cancer Center. She’s nervous to be in Omaha and go in to the hospital alone, especially during a pandemic.”It’s kind of scary but you just have to be strong and do it,” she said.As a mother of three, Waldrop said this surgery will count as one of the best Mother’s Day gifts.”The day after Mother’s Day. And I’m a mother, so I think that’s just good enough for me — is to be able to wake up the day after Mother’s Day and say, ‘Hey, I’m cancer free.'” she said.A spokesperson with Nebraska Medicine said essential cancer surgeries have been going on under the current directed health measure. They said most of the cancer procedures “need to be done in a timely manner.”

Brittney Waldrop was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer back in September. She was so close to being done with treatment in April, until the pandemic struck.

“I cried. I just cried,” she said.

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She had one surgery to go, a liver resection surgery, until she was free of colon cancer. Her procedure was pushed back because it was considered an elective surgery.

“It was very devastating,” she said.

Waldrop's first day of chemo in October

Waldrop completed what she hopes is her last and eleventh round of chemotherapy April 13. She said the cancer in her colon has essentially cleared, doctors just have to remove the two tumors on her liver.

“I cried when they said that, ‘Right now, we just have to put it on hold. We’re going to have to continue chemo until they open it up,'” said Waldrop. “Chemo is so hard, it’s the worst feeling in the world. I wish it on nobody. It’s horrible.”

Waldrop's 11th chemo treatment in April

When she heard the governor’s announcement Friday that elective medical and elective procedures will start again May 4, she said she was ecstatic.

“I immediately messaged my mom like, ‘Oh my gosh, look! Maybe I can have it even sooner!'” she said.

Waldrop’s surgery is rescheduled for May 11 at the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.

She gets her chemotherapy treatments in Norfolk at the Carson Cancer Center. She’s nervous to be in Omaha and go in to the hospital alone, especially during a pandemic.

“It’s kind of scary but you just have to be strong and do it,” she said.

Waldrop's kids sport supportive gear during Colon Cancer Awareness month

As a mother of three, Waldrop said this surgery will count as one of the best Mother’s Day gifts.

“The day after Mother’s Day. And I’m a mother, so I think that’s just good enough for me — is to be able to wake up the day after Mother’s Day and say, ‘Hey, I’m cancer free.'” she said.

A spokesperson with Nebraska Medicine said essential cancer surgeries have been going on under the current directed health measure. They said most of the cancer procedures “need to be done in a timely manner.”