Within moments of beginning a conversation with Wendy Tenzyk, it begins to feel like a talk with old family friends. Her relaxed, easy-going personality is warming. She is refreshingly genuine. “I love Dr. Feiner,” she says matter-of-factly.
As it turns out, Wendy had been referred to Rose Oncologist Dr. Alan Feiner by chance, shortly after awakening from the anesthesia administered before her colonoscopy. The results of the procedure suggested Wendy may have cancer, and when Dr. Feiner was given her case, she decided to stick with him. Wendy doesn’t regret her decision.
“He would take care of me,” says Wendy, explaining that she knew she would be in good hands. Wendy was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer following a preventative screening. Within a few days of the colonoscopy she had undergone more testing and begun discussing treatment plans with Dr. Feiner. Acting quickly, they started treatment right away.
“I would probably think I was more prepared,” says Wendy. Her career has made her somewhat familiar with the process. She is currently on her third variation of chemotherapy and “thankfully, feeling very well through it all.” Her first treatment of chemotherapy lasted six months.After her platelets seemed to disappear, she was monitored until things were back to normal. She then began a treatment administered in the form of a pill, but switched gears when it was found that tumor activity was still increasing.
Wendy admits that taking pills was the easiest form of treatment she has experienced, but that didn’t stop her from switching to something that could be more effective. Her current form of chemotherapy is by infusion every two weeks. This gives Wendy time to keep busy with the things that matter most.
“I think work is a great distraction,” she says. It is clear to see, when conversing with Wendy, that she is very grateful to have a job to go to and a career to focus on.
“He has come to every appointment with me,” she says of her husband—both her and her husband’s employers have been very understanding throughout it all. When asked about her coping methods, Wendy doesn’t hesitate to mention those close to her heart. “My faith, my close circle of friends at my church… when I know folks are praying for me, that’s a big source of comfort,” she says.
“Each person has their own way to approach it,” she says. “Being out and about and in the world [helps]…” Wendy loves Colorado. Gardening in the summer, skiing in the winter, volunteering for the Boy Scouts—it’s the little things that she seems to enjoy the most.
Even a nice compliment can go a long way. “It just makes you feel better,” she says, thinking of friends and family who have told her how good she looks or how well she is doing. These kinds of positive remarks can make all the difference, she says. It’s easy to see they’ve impacted Wendy, who has continued her ever-optimistic outlook, even when dealing with a difficult cancer diagnosis.