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Aliesha Schlaak, a survivor’s story


Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Aliesha Schlaak, breast cancer survivor, stands by her mother, Linda Britton, in the Britton household located in Preston. Photo by Jason Sethre

We’ve all heard of people who have battled breast cancer. Some of us may know of a friend, a co-worker or neighbor. Some of us may have a family member who has struggled through chemotherapy, surgery and radiation treatments.

But, the reality is that we can never realize what life will be like until we have to fight that battle ourselves.

Aliesha Schlaak (Britton) knows firsthand what it’s like to fight and survive a battle with breast cancer.

Wearing a pink hooded sweatshirt that displayed a breast cancer ribbon surrounded by the words “Fight Like A Girl,” sitting on a chair in her parents’ living room in Preston, Aliesha shared her journey of survival.

On June 12, 2010, she married the love her life, Craig Schlaak. Born and raised in Preston, the oldest of four children in the Britton family, everything seemed to be falling into place for Aliesha.

And, then in July, about one month after her marriage, she started to feel ill. She was feverish, and not feeling well, so she went to the Mayo Clinic for an examination. Physicians told her it was a virus and sent her on her way.

Her condition continued to worsen, and she knew something wasn’t right, so she went back in to the Mayo Clinic for another examination.

This time, they checked her lymph nodes and decided to do a biopsy.

On August 6, 2010, following more examinations, she received news that would change her life forever.

Aliesha found out she had HER2-positive breast cancer - Stage IIIC.

At the age of 38, Aliesha was diagnosed with breast cancer, and the Mayo Clinic had a plan in place for treatment. To Aliesha, this was automatic. The Mayo Clinic had a plan, and she knew she was in good hands.

Aliesha said, “I never thought I was going to die, but I knew I had to tell my parents.”

She immediately called her parents in Preston, Neil and Linda Britton, and her siblings, and quickly realized she an incredible support system.

The Tough Days

According to Mayo Clinic statistics, HER2-positive has a 77.1 percent five-year survival rate with no reoccurrence. Now in remission, Aliesha beat the odds and won the battle, but it wasn’t easy.

On August 20, 2010, she started chemotherapy, participating in clinical trials until January 31, 2011. On February 28, 2011, she had surgery, in whic .....
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Nightmare arises again in Fountain

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Features

The time is nearly ripe for the re-emergence of Fountain’s Nightmare on First Street: Field of Screams and Haunted Barn. For the fourth year, this spooky non-profit fund-raiser is set to chill and thrill patrons. Hundreds of hours every year g ..... 
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Would you like to compete in a cooking contest?

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Features

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, the “Best Cooks of Bluff Country” will be tested by a panel of judges. If you would like to bring a items to compete in this cooking conest, you are more than welcome. Now in its fifth year, more than $2,500 in ..... 
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Veterinarians purchase second clinic

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

The veterinarians at Harmony Veterinary Clinic have expanded their business and services with the purchase of the Cresco Veterinary Clinic in Cresco, Iowa. Drs. Lynn Aggen, Sarah Otto, and John Rein purchased the Cresco clinic on September 16, 2 ..... 
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Who will get your vote on November 4, 2014?

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in All Features

November 4 is election day. Who will represent us, the residents of Fillmore and Houston Counties (Minnesota House District 28B) in St. Paul? Greg Davids (R) will be seeking another term and Jon Pieper (DFL) will be seeking his first term. In a sit ..... 
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Unique shop open in Wykoff

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Features

Whether you consider yourself a horse lover, a cowboy, or an equestrian, there is a newly opened business in Wykoff, Minn. that has people stopping in to find decorative and useful products. And if you are not the cowboy type, there are still many ..... 
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Write the Story of Your Life workshop at Harmony Public Library

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Features

Have you ever wondered what your grandparents did when they were younger? Do you want to write your own story so your grandchildren won’t wonder the same thing? Jan Whalen, along with her sister Ruth and brother John, will be speaking about th ..... 
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DreamAcres welcomes touring Minneapolis puppet troupe

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Features

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – “The On-Time Circus”, a traveling puppet show, will be performing at DreamAcres in Wykoff, Minn. at 6:30 p.m. as part of the weekly Friday evening Pizza on the Farm which lasts from 5-8 p.m. Margo McCreary, established Mi ..... 
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New Fall programs starting at Grace Place

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in All Features

Morning Music Winona Beginning now, Grace Place is offering a class Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. for children to attend with their parent or caregiver. This interactive, playful experience is for families who have preschool-aged children. Rhythm, r ..... 
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