Karen Alt

KARENMarch 31 2014 was a day that changed Karen Alt’s life. At age 61, she found a lump in her breast and she had her husband call the doctor. Within two days, she found out it was breast cancer.

Karen was referred to an oncologist and a few days later they put in a port. Not much longer after that they started chemo and she had a mestectomy. After more cancer was found she had more lymph nodes removed, and began radiation. Her treatments ended in January, and she is now a courageous survivor.

“For me, the most challenging part of having breast cancer is the unknown. If it comes back, I will just have to deal with it. The most positive part is that my outlook on life has changed, it also gave me the opportunity to meet all of the wonderful people that I wouldn’t have met otherwise.”

Karen is grateful for the amazing support from her husband Lou, her sister Kris, and the rest of her family. She is also appreciative for the support of Susan G. Komen Southeast Wisconsin for helping her with her insurance premiums.

“It is very important just knowing that someone is out there and hopefully it can help many men and women down the road.”

Karen’s cancer experience changed her life, and she is looking at things a lot differently now and really enjoys being surrounded by nature and people.

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