I answered the phone just like I always did. ‘100.1 Classic Rock, this is Karen, can I help you?’ I figured it would be another song request or a weather question. I was a little surprised when the voice on the other end said, ‘Karen, this is Jeffery Landercasper. I have some news for you’. At first, I didn’t recognize the name; he’d always been Doctor Landercasper to me. When I realized who it was my heart sank into my stomach. Dr. Landercasper. My surgeon. Calling me. In person. This wasn’t going to be good. And it wasn’t. Dr. Landercasper was calling to tell me that the lump he had removed from my breast had come back positive for cancer.

I had breast cancer.

Dr. Landercasper gave me a minute to collect my thoughts and then went out of his way to stress to me that since we had caught it early my chances of a full recovery were great. I distinctly remember him saying to me, ‘this isn’t what’s going to kill you.’ I hung onto that for dear life!

My family and co-workers were wonderful during the weeks of radiation that followed. The radiation techs at Gundersen were just the best bunch! I love them all!

I remember asking one of them when I could consider myself a ‘cancer survivor.’ She told me I was a survivor from the minute I got the diagnosis. That made me feel a lot better about the whole thing.

I am happy to say that I have been cancer-free for over a year. I am thrilled to be the captain of the La Crosse Radio Group’s Steppin’ Out  In Pink team called ‘RadioActive’ (isn’t that a brilliant name!!) and am really looking forward to this year’s walk.

I ‘Stepped Out in Pink’ for the first time last September and since I was just finishing up with my radiation the walk took a lot out of me. Since then, I have joined Premier Fitness and have lost 50 pounds! I can’t wait for this year’s walk!!

I am a survivor!!

Karen Williams

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