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Prairie Flower: Breast cancer journey

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the opening of a new cancer treatment center, I thought this would be a good time to thank all the people that helped my wife, Marty, get through her ordeal with breast cancer.

The Kishwaukee Cancer Care Center is a great asset to our community, but the people inside are the greatest asset.

When Dr. Cathy Ruetten first told my wife to get additional tests, you can imagine it was a shock. But thank God that Dr. Ruetten insisted on those tests immediately.

Dr. Ruetten referred us to Dr. Nitzet Velez, and what a godsend. Dr. Velez is great with her bedside manner and professionalism. She performed the necessary surgery with great success and treated Marty and me with dignity and kindness.

Dr. Ishaque Memon was, and continues to be, very professional, from the first time we met with him. The treatment prescribed has been a great success.

All the supporting staff, with above-named doctors, as well as Kishwaukee Community Hospital have made our journey as positive as one could ask for. I have a newfound respect for our medical community.

Finally, I cannot express enough how great the support and caring from our family, friends and our church, Salem Lutheran, has meant to Marty and me through these past 13 months.

Without their support and loving care, it is really hard to imagine how hard the road would be, but we never had to find out. They all were, and still are, there for us. Thank God.

Rod Oehlert


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