Breast Cancer Survivor: Be a Creator, not a Victim

“You can either be a victim or a creator.” That’s a passionate lesson Karin Burdick tells students in her Strategies for Academic Success class at South Dakota State University in Brookings. Today, Burdick is receiving treatment for breast cancer, and is using her experience to create awareness that cancer can affect anyone. Read More »
Cancer Care · Avera Health
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

Colonoscopy Prevents Cancer … Just Ask Dale

At age 55, Dale Dwire is no stranger to colonoscopies. He’s already had eight of them. During his last screening, his doctor found and removed eight polyps. In fact, doctors have found and removed polyps during all of his colonoscopy screenings beginning at age 35. Read More »
Cancer Care · 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

Is a New Year’s Resolution in October Crazy? Maybe Not.

Can I get a show of hands? No one likes to see Christmas decorations out before Halloween or wants to stress about cooking a turkey dinner before the first autumn leaves have begun to fall, am I right? Yet, I was reminded this week of how close the holiday season is as my 10-year-old son broke out the Christmas Carol piano book and started playing. Read More »
Wellness and Prevention · McKennan

Children and Technology

I saw a family of four—mom, dad, son, about 10 years old and daughter, about 5—sitting together at a restaurant. All four were using a device. Mom and Dad had their smartphones, the son had a handheld video game, and the daughter had an iPad. Read More »
Child Development · McKennan