Kathy Clausen

First post: Jun 1, 2019 Latest post: Jul 2, 2020
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. Our faith, our family and our friends mean the world to us and we welcome your prayers, positive thoughts and any words of support and encouragement you have for us.  Rick and I, along with our family, thank you for caring about us and our journey.
On April 17th, I had a 3D mammogram at my annual appointment. A week and a half later, I got a call-back letter saying I needed to come back for an ultrasound because further information was needed. The ultrasound on April 29th showed a lump that had not been detected by me or my doctor. Later that same day I had a biopsy. On May 1st I received the phone call that has changed our lives forever.
The lump tested positive for cancer. The specific type of breast cancer is Invasive Lobular Carcinoma. At this time they believe it to be Stage 1 so that is encouraging news.
I had a surgical consult and an MRI the next day through Fairview. I was told I was a good candidate for either a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. Knowing there are pros and cons to both, and not knowing which to choose, I decided to get a 2nd opinion. On May 13th, I set up an appointment with Dr. Dawn Johnson at the Piper Breast Center at Abbott Northwestern.   I felt very comfortable with Dr. Johnson and Piper, and I decided that is where I would have my surgery. With Dr. Johnson’s  help I decided on a lumpectomy. My surgery is scheduled for Monday, June 3rd at 2:25 pm. I will check in at 9:45 am that day.  
If all goes well and there aren’t any surprises I will begin radiation treatments at the beginning of July; most likely 5 days a week for 5-7 weeks.
I am determined to fight this disease with everything I’ve got. My faith is strong and I have many prayer warriors already praying. I am so grateful for prayers, and appreciate every one. We have already gotten love, support and kindness from so many, and I feel very grateful. I am honored you are interested in following my journey.

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