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Cindy Foerster

Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness: Cindy’s Story

When Cindy Foerster of Brookings found a lump on her breast in July 2013, the last thing on her mind was cancer. She was looking forward to celebrating her five-year wedding anniversary with her husband, Matt. Cindy had doubts about whether it could be breast cancer — she didn’t have a family history, she was only 36, and her most recent checkup had uncovered no concerns. Read More »
Cancer Care, Patient Stories, Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health
Laurie and Mike Kelley

Living With Cancer: Simple Coping Strategies

When Michael Kelley of Pierre, S.D., was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma in 2013, his initial reaction was devastation. “I took it pretty hard at the diagnosis,” he said. Laurie and Mike Kelley Today, Mike and his wife, Laurie, refuse to let the worries of cancer consume their lives. Read More »
Cancer Care, Patient Stories · Avera Health

Subtle Symptoms and Not So Subtle Disease

At first he had a subtle clue that something may be wrong, but he didn’t do anything about it.  “Almost everyone has had heartburn one time or another,” he thought.  But gradually it became worse.  He found that he could control it with over-the-counter pills, so it must not be something so bad.  Read More »
Family Medicine, Patient Stories · McKennan

Health Coaching: Allergies or Negative Tendencies?

On a fishing trip! Ever since I was a little girl I have loved camping and eating all the good food from the grill, especially the fish. But when I was about 16, I had an allergic reaction to both shrimp and salmon. Read More »
Just for Fun, Nutrition, Patient Stories · McKennan

Not Just Your Grandparents’ Pertussis: Whooping Cough Today

What crosses your mind when you hear the words “whooping cough?” Perhaps you think it’s one of those diseases our grandparents had to worry about and is no longer relevant to us. Maybe you think it’s another one of those darn viruses that just has to pass on its own. Read More »
Children's Health, Patient Stories, Wellness and Prevention · McKennan

Sharing Your Stories–The Gift of Sight

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens I often tell people I have the greatest gig in healthcare.  As the communications director at Avera McKennan, I am fortunate enough to have a front-row seat to delicate, life-changing medical procedures as they are being performed.  I am invited into people’s lives as they navigate some of the most challenging times they, and their loved ones, will ever face.  Read More »
Patient Stories · McKennan