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Kathleen's Cancer Diary

Kathleen Schilter is a 51-year-old mother of five. In October 2015, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Follow along as she chronicles her story, in her own words... Read more...

Amelia's Story

On Valentine's Day, 28-year-old Amelia started treatment at Columbia St. Mary’s Polly and Bill Van Dyke Cancer Center Milwaukee for inflammatory breast cancer. Amelia's positive attitude in the face of so much uncertainty is truly remarkable. Read more...

Kathy's Story

Every time Kathy Moeller came to Columbia St. Mary’s Polly and Bill Van Dyke Cancer Center for treatment, the one thought she couldn’t shake was just how nice it would be to work there.

In October 2015, her dream came true. Read more...

Darricke & Undraye's Story

Darricke & Undraye Bennett, Breast Cancer Survivors There is no doubt that breast cancer can run in families, usually due to a hereditary factor. This story is a bit different. It hit this family, both the wife and her husband within a two-year period.  Read more...

Cheryl's Story

When Cheryl Halverson was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was shocked and scared. Fortunately, she had Peggy Long, her Nurse Navigator, by her side every step of the way, at every appointment. Cheryl says she wouldn’t have been able to get through her cancer treatment without Peggy’s endless support and encouragement. Read more...

Amanda's Story

How far would you go to receive the best medical care possible? If you were facing a breast cancer diagnosis, there is likely no distance too far. That was the mindset 34-year-old Amanda Krueger had when she made the more than two hour round-trip drive from Manitowoc to Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee every week. Read more...

Beth's Story

Beth had always been proactive about her own health. Her family history of cancer – her father passed away from colon cancer and her mother is an 11-year breast cancer survivor – coupled with her work in the healthcare industry made her keenly aware of the risks she faced. Despite all her precautions and preparations, she knew what her family history meant. So she was prepared, as much as one can be, for the news she received at 1:41 p.m. on September 25, 2012. Breast cancer. Read more...

Peggy's Story

Margaret “Peggy” Long has been working in oncology for more than 22 years, and has been at Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee for almost seven. But on April 3, 2012, this cancer nurse navigator became a cancer patient. Read more...

Karen's Story

When Karen Spahn got the call on November 20, 2012, she couldn’t breathe. Like most who receive that dreaded phone call, she never once thought this would ever happen to her. An ultrasound confirmed her doctor’s initial suspicions and a biopsy was ordered. It was breast cancer.

But that’s just the beginning of the story. Among the many members of Karen’s cancer team was a genetics counselor. When Karen and her husband, Chris, met with Laura, it was determined Karen’s family history posed no significant risk. But Chris’ family history was worrisome. Laura recommended he get tested for a mutated BRCA gene – “the cancer gene.”  Read more...
   
 

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