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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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Local first year medical student received white coat

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

In an emotional event marking the beginning of her medical career, Morgan Mensink from Preston, Minn. received her white coat marking the entrance to medical school. In total, 60 first year medical students, in a rite of passage for students enteri ..... 
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Motor in to Preston Service Plus

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Craig Bond and Justin Jones, new owners of Preston Service Plus, located in Preston, Minn., are getting settled into owning and running their business since taking over July 14, 2014. Both men were employees of Preston Service Plus under previou ..... 
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New facility for Preston industry BCM

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

As you drive into Preston from the north on Highway 52, you have probably noticed a site being graded at the new North Industrial Park. Soon an 11,500 square foot facility will be erected for the new home of Bluff Country Manufacturing, Inc. (BCM). ..... 
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Milwaukee Road Caboose No. 02095 dedicated to Preston exhibit

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Members of the Preston Historical Society, Bob Storozuk who is the President of the Milwaukee Road Historical Society, Representative Greg Davids and the public gathered at the site of the historic Milwaukee Elevator on August 16 to welcome the addi ..... 
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Good Samaritan Society - Home Care celebrates 20 years of service

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

While some retirees venture off to the warm, dryer climates of Arizona and other parts of the south and west for their golden years, many find that they can only feel right at home here in the Midwest, specifically southern Minnesota and northern Io ..... 
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POET team members share experiences from Kenya

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

This summer a group of POET team members traveled to Kenya, Africa to help build a dorm for the Traveller’s Oasis Girls School. Michele Anderson, Quality Manager at POET Biorefining, Preston and a resident of Saint Charles participated in this mis ..... 
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Preston Dairy and Farm Association breaks ground on expansion

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Groundbreaking on the Preston Dairy and Farm expansion outside of Preston took place Wednesday, June 11, 2014 with Preston Area Chamber of Commerce members, Preston Mayor Curt Reicks, Preston Chamber of Commerce President Sarah Wangen and EDA Direct ..... 
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Preston, home of The Driftless Fly Fishing Co.

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

This is no fish tale. There is a new business in Preston, Minn. that may reel you in hook, line, and sinker. Well hook and line anyway. No sinkers involved here. If you, a friend or family member loves to fly fish or have always wanted to learn n ..... 
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