Breast Health Patient Stories

Denise Geiwitz

Denise's Story

A typical commute home from work in 2013 turned into one of those moments Denise Geiwitz will never forget. That's when the art teacher and mother of two was told that a routine mammogram detected that she had breast cancer. 

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Dr. Leah Dietrich

Leah's Story

Dr. Leah Dietrich cares for patients at Gundersen’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders. She knows first-hand how critical it can be to catch cancer in its earliest stages after being diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2011.

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Margie Mason

Margie's Story

Margie noticed a lump and rash on her breasts during a self-breast exam just months after her mother died from breast cancer. A week later Margie was entering into a battle that was far too familiar for her family.

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Nikki Pfeifer

Nikki's Story

Nikki Pfeifer didn't take life too seriously, before Sept. 10, 2013. But a diagnosis of breast cancer can change a woman—especially a young one. Nikki was only 29 when she was told her life would forever be different.

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Dee Powers and Tricia Demmin

Tricia and Dee's Story

Tricia Powers Demmin has a lot in common with her mother Dolores (Dee) Powers. They were both teachers. They both have a great sense of humor. And they both received a diagnosis that was shocking to say the least—breast cancer. 

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Love + Medicine

Every day, Gundersen Health System staff deliver great medicine plus a little something extra—we call it Love + Medicine.

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