Leukemia Awareness Month


On March 10, 2016 at 2:40AM, my son…my handsome, loving, kind, caring and wonderful son, passed away. Acute Myeloid Leukemia ripped him from this world at the age of 23.

colt 3-10-16

I honestly do not know how I have made it through to now. I really did think Colt would beat cancer and that he would be here for many more years. But no, cancer decided it wanted to win…and it won in 31 days. Colt died only 31 days after being diagnosed. 31 DAYS! All the medical technology and medicine and treatments could not save him. I feel the doctors gave us false hope and that makes me angry. I know that leukemia would kill you someday but not 31 days after being diagnosed.

I miss Colt so much.


The pain of losing him is so deeper than anything I have ever felt. There are no words to even begin to describe how I feel. A large piece of my heart and soul died in Dallas when Colt passed. I am so very sorry I did not get there in time to say good bye…regret and guilt eat me alive some days.

Every day life is hard without Colt. I miss his wonderful smile and his laugh. I miss hearing him say “Hi Mama”. I miss talking to him and I miss hearing his voice. I miss hearing “I love Mama!”. I miss the “good morning”, “good night” and “I miss you Mama”, text. Hell I miss everything about my precious son.

Most days, I feel like a robot, just going through the motions of each day.
I do my best stay busy to keep the overwhelming emotions from taking me over.
My heart and soul ache to the core.

Colt loved being a solider and I am so very proud of him.

Colt’s ashes are at home with me. Someday soon, I will make sure his ashes are placed in a place fit for a soldier.




Online Obituary for Colt

I posted the following on my main blog for my son, Richard Colt Hazlett. You are more than welcome to go to the link and post a comment or to post a comment here…please be kind.



Richard Colt Hazlett was born on November 8, 1992 in Farmington, Missouri, to Richard Patrick Hazlett and Shannon Pinkley-Hazlett. Colt passed away after a very short, intense battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on March 10, 2016 in Dallas Texas.

In February 2011, Colt graduated from Bangor High School in Bangor, Wisconsin. He joined the United States Army and took Basic/AIT in Fort Benning, Georgia. After training, Colt was stationed for a year in the State of Washington. After the Army, Colt worked various jobs but mostly in the oil field and construction.

Colt was preceded in death by his grandparents, William “Bill” Pinkley and Vickie Sue Henson-Pinkley, both of Annapolis, Missouri.

Colt is survived by his parents, Shannon & Steve Wamsley of Bangor, WI; father, Richard P. Hazlett of Desloge, MO; son, Colton Hazlett of Arkansas; sister, Vickie Reece of Dixon, MO; grandparents, Charles & Judith Wamsley of La Crosse, WI; grandmother Betty Hazlett of Missouri and grandfather, Patrick Hazlett of Missouri.

Colt is also survived by his uncle/aunt Brian & Christina Pinkley of Annapolis, MO; Michael and Tami Wamsley of La Crosse, WI; and Brian & Sarah Hazlett of Farmington, MO. Colt is survived by many loving cousins (Amy Neel of Missouri, Brandon Hazlett of Missouri, Joseph Hazlett of Missouri; their spouses…and so many more), additional family and a host of wonderful friends.

Thank you to Gemini Alexander Brooks for being with Colt. Words will never be able to express the gratitude I feel. You have a beautiful soul and I feel truly blessed to call you my friend.

Cancer Sucks!


February 8, 2016 – My son, Colt was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia…he is 23 years old. Colt was given seven days of chemotherapy. Then on day 14, the doctors performed a bone marrow biopsy to see if the chemo worked.

February 26, 2016 – The biopsy results came back today. Colt’s cancer is very aggressive and resistant. The chemo didn’t do its job. So, the next step is more chemo to bridge Colt over until a bone marrow transplant can be done.

Colt 02-09-2016

I set up a GoFundMe account for my son as he is battling Leukemia.  The link is www.gofundme.com/coltleukemia.

The money donated will be used for medical bills, medication, clothing, and personal items for Colt. The money will also be used for travel expenses and we will help family members get tested to see if they are bone marrow match to Colt. Any amount donated will be greatly appreciated.