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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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Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Columnists

It’s that time of the year when you wouldn’t have to cook for at least a month….church dinners, church dinners, and did I mention church dinners. There’s Ham and Meatball, Salad Luncheon, BBQ & Hot Dogs, Pork Dinner and, of course, the infam ..... 
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Letter about Miner for Sheriff...

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, The time to elect our next county sheriff is fast approaching. I hope that people will take a good hard look at voting for Brian Miner to fill that position. For over 20 years, Brian has served the people of this county with fairne ..... 
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Letter about serving Fillmore and Houston Counties...

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, It’s been a privilege to serve the residents of Fillmore and Houston Counties. Over the years, I’ve worked hard to increase funding for local schools and rural nursing homes, improve our economic development and our agricultura ..... 
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That’s my boy -- Kaase for Sheriff

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Stan Kaase of Preston, Minn. Watching Tom grow up, I have always been very proud of my son like any father would be. However, I saw something in Tom at a young age that always struck me as unique. I admired his passion to help others. He was ..... 
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Letter about farmers and economy...

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Local farmers and their farms are crucial to our local, rural-based economy in Fillmore County. Without farmers in Fillmore County, many of whom are second, third and fourth generation farmers, our local consumers would be far mor ..... 
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Vote Tom Kaase to protect our county

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Angi Kaase of Preston, Minn. Tom Kaase has my vote to be the next Fillmore County Sheriff. Not only is Tom my brother-in-law, he also displays all of the characteristics I would want in someone to protect my family, my friends, the community I ..... 
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Preston Sets Alley Assessment Policy

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

An addition to Preston’s assessment policy was approved at the city council’s October 6 meeting. About three weeks earlier, requests for several possible alley improvements had been discussed. Councilman David Harrison was absent. At that time ..... 
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Grant applications now being accepted

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Preston Public Utilities (PPU) and Preston’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) are looking forward to assisting the community through Preston Public Utilities Spare Change Round Up program. Local organizations can apply for grant assistance ..... 
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