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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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Lanesboro jewelry artist receives Minnesota State Arts Board grant

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

International award winner jewelry designer Liz Bucheit of Crown Trout Jewelers, Lanesboro, Minn. has been awarded a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in the area of Folk and Traditional Arts. Influenced by her Norwegian ancestry and traine ..... 
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Lanesboro looks at employee health insurance

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

At the regular city council meeting on October 8, City Administrator David Todd spoke to the council about the Affordable Care Act and city employee health insurance. According to Todd, the city has three choices. They can do nothing at all, since t ..... 
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‘Body Parts’ theme for “Over the Back Fence” community variety show

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

‘Body Parts’ is the theme for the upcoming “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show, held on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn., with poems, songs and skits about hair, eyes, faces, and more perfo ..... 
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3rd annual Sheep & Fiber Farm Tour

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Agriculture

Friday, October 11 5-9p.m. - $15.00 Saturday, October 12 FREE 10-4p.m. Sunday, October 13 FREE 10-4p.m. Brochure, Tickets & Info at: www.fiberfarmtour.co ..... 
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Lanesboro All Hallow’s Eve Masquerade Ball Drag Show Fundraiser!

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Join us at All Hallow’s Eve Masquerade Ball while the Rochester Girls perform an “Exquisite Drag Review” once again in Lanesboro, Minn.! This year’s event will be held October 26, 2013 at the Lanesboro Community Center. Doors will open at 6: ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board approves preliminary levy

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

By Jade Sexton During their regular meeting on September 19, the Lanesboro School Board members approved the preliminary 2013 payable 2014 tax levy at the maximum amount. Superintendent Jeff Boggs explained the total levy is $336,776.08, but they a ..... 
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In peace, with honor

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

By Jason Sethre The story of the sword continued on Saturday, September 21, 2013, coincidentally also recognized as the International Day of Peace by the United Nations. Orval Amdahl, along with his wife Marie, traveled from their home in rural L ..... 
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Lanesboro Local to celebrate completion of new marketplace

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. – A new gallery level has just been completed at the Lanesboro Local Marketplace, now filled with an exciting collection of local arts, crafts and books. Known as one of the most distinctive shops in the region featuring locally m ..... 
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