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A cancer story: Striving for normalcy


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

Karla Strom (left) of Lanesboro, Minn., continues her recovery from breast cancer after several months of treatment. Her husband Scott (right) continues to support his wife each day as she continues treatment.

To Karla Strom, “A normal day is a good day.” These normal days are now appreciated much more since a discovery of breast cancer from a routine mammogram around February 28, 2013. Strom had no real symptoms and did not suspect that she would be one of the many who battle breast cancer in their lifetimes.

After learning the results of a confirming biopsy while on vacation, Karla returned home to a whole new routine. Surgery at Olmsted Medical Center soon lead to the oncology department at the Mayo Clinic where she would undergo two rounds of chemotherapy. Karla completed the first round of chemo, which was more aggressive round while more side effects became present in the second round.

Always looking towards the positives, Karla and Scott both express great satisfaction with Karla’s medical care. “The doctors and nurses are great, and we’ve even met a lot of nice people who were also visiting the oncology floor. They come from all over the country, and even from around the world,” said Karla.

Today, Strom, who looks to the optimistic side, is in a sort of “waiting period” in her treatment plan and undergoes regular echocardiograms to monitor her heart muscles. The drugs used in chemotherapy can be taxing on this vital organ, but she’s continuing to rebuild that muscle each day.

As Karla’s family soon found out, cancer is a disease that affects more than the patient. Karla’s husband Scott said, “This has been a life changing situation.” Karla commented, “It really changes your outlook on life.”

Each day poses new challenges for a person with cancer, and there are always fears and concerns that are in the back of one’s mind. Though she’s a tough fighter, Karla’s biggest fear is the cancer coming back. “I do not want to go through this again.”

Karla has had many coping mechanisms throughout her battle with cancer. She highlights staying busy with her favorite activities of quilting, painting and decorating. “When you’re going through something like this, you have to find a sense of normalcy.”

Karla’s family was also a great support team. “My kids are very supportive. They’ve been so helpful and they’d do pretty much anything for me.”

For other women, Karla stresses the importance of yearly mammograms. Similar to her situation, it is vital to get checked even if there is no history of breast c .....
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It takes all blood types to help save lives

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL - Whether someone is among the 39 percent of the U.S. population with type O positive blood or the two percent with B negative, the American Red Cross is looking for eligible donors of all types to give blood this summer to help avert a sho ..... 
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The Biggest Loser Challenge ends

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

Coffee Street Fitness & Dance began its six month Biggest Loser program back on January 7, 2013. Fresh off of New Year’s resolutions participants were eager to get started but hesitant on what their results would be when the six months were up. ..... 
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5th Annual Rhubarb Run will award homemade rhubarb pies to all winners

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

Rhubarb Run 5K and 1-Miler celebrate the funniest vegetable in all of Minnesota. Saturday, June 1 the race activities will be staged one block west of downtown Lanesboro, off County Road 8. Check-in and same-day registration start at 8:00 a.m. under ..... 
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Lanesboro Farmers Market

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

The Lanesboro Farmers Market is having their market opener on May 4. This year is looking to be a great one for the market. The new market manager, Stena Lieb, has worked to get a few more market vendors. Happy Camper Cupcakes will be joining us for ..... 
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The Biggest Loser challenge has begun

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

Coffee Street Fitness & Dance of Lanesboro, Minn. has begun its Biggest Loser Challenge as of Monday, January 7, 2013, and will continue until June 2013. The program was initiated by Melinda Coscarelli Lutes, owner of Coffee Street Fitness & Dance o ..... 
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Eat for Equity feast coming to Lanesboro

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

By Lori Slindee Eat for Equity, Lanesboro Local, and the Lanesboro Arts Center are coming together for a delightful evening of food and celebration. Eat for Equity is returning on Saturday, February 16 to put on a delicious dinner, locally grown an ..... 
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Shape up Fillmore County

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

New owner Melinda Lutes will take over ownership of Coffee Street Fitness and Dance in Lanesboro, Minn. on January 1, 2013, just in time to help everyone in Fillmore County with their New Year’s resolutions. Melinda is very excited about her new ..... 
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Melinda Lutes, new owner of Coffee Street Fitness in Lanesboro

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

Cottage House, LLC of Lanesboro, MN is pleased to introduce Melinda Lutes as the new owner of Coffee Street Fitness and Dance located in downtown Lanesboro. The sale of the property and business occurred November 20 with Ms. Lutes taking possession, ..... 
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