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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 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 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 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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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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At just 30 years old, Robin Henderson was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer. Her fight for survival, and the care she received at Gundersen, has inspired her to help others in similar situations.
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Just three days before Christmas, Mason Rotering's parents received news that no parents wants to hear—Mason had cancer. He received his first dose of chemotherapy the day after Christmas.
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A cancer diagnosis had Rhita living in discomfort for more than six years. That's when she decided to give a clinical trial at Gundersen a shot. The decision has put the pep back in Rhita's step—and is helping Gundersen advance evidence-based medicine.
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