In Her Own Words

"I count my blessings every day: my family, my friends, my farm and FHN"

When Karen Bremmer found out she had breast cancer, she immediately turned to friends and family for support. Then she rolled up her sleeves and said, "Let's get going. My whole attitude was, 'OK, I have this, I need to move forward, be positive and take action right away.' The doctors and nurses at FHN worked with me to develop a plan and within a couple weeks, I came out ready for the challenge."

Since her sister survived breast cancer, Karen knew a little bit about what to expect. But she quickly learned that each person's cancer experience is unique. "The kind, caring and competent staff at the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center helped prepare me for each stage of treatment and made me realize that what happened to other people may not happen to me – that each patient may react differently. They encouraged questions and truly understood the importance of their role.

"It turned out I was lucky. I tolerated treatment very well, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. And with all the blood draws, shots, and 33 consecutive weekdays of radiation, it was a huge benefit to only have to drive 10 miles from Pearl City to Freeport – we are so fortunate to have such an advanced, comfortable facility close to home! Now, less than a year later, I am on a proactive, preventive plan to stay well so I can enjoy time with my grandkids, savor weekend getaways with my husband, help out at the farm, and play the organ at church. With support from the FHN team, I feel like I'm winning the battle. I count my blessings every day."

For more information about our oncology team and The Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital, affiliated with the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC) since 1994, call us toll-free at 1-877-6000-FHN (1-877-600-0346) ext. 984.

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