The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Clinton

October 17, 2013

Survivor shares story of diagnosis, treatment

Part 3 of our Breast Cancer Awareness series

CLINTON — Deb Cramer was showering one day last August when she looked down and noticed one of her nipples was inverted. Feeling her breast, she found a lump.

“At first, you’re in self denial. You don’t want to, you know, believe that it is a lump,” Deb said.

She did not say anything to anyone until the following night, telling her husband of 38 years, Larry. After that she went to her nurse practitioner, who got the ball rolling and scheduled the biopsy.

“It’s kind of just a blur after you find the lump,” Deb said.

Diagnosed with stage three breast cancer, Deb was set for surgery in September 2012. A lumpectomy was performed, but tests showed the lump to be larger that expected, requiring a mastectomy. At age 57, Deb faced the loss of her breast.

For Deb, her cancer presented another concern. Her daughter-in-law battled the genetic type of breast cancer at age 27. While she is healthy now, Deb said it made her worry about her two granddaughters.

“It just makes it really difficult to know that their chances are that much greater to get it,” Deb said. “So, that’s the hardest part for me.”

After her mastectomy, Deb started six rounds of chemotherapy with Dr. Anoop Aggarwal. Having worked for Mercy Medical Center for 22 years, she said she was lucky to have been treated by people she knows. During her treatment, she continued to work as the unit secretary for the rehabilitation unit.

One of the most difficult parts of her chemo treatments was the fatigue she felt. By three days after a treatment, Deb would feel physically drained.

“It’s the tiredness that you really can’t explain,” Deb said. “You want to keep your eyes open, but you can’t. It just wipes you out.”

Text Only
Clinton
  • Minnick New director at Ashford CLINTON -- Ashford University has appointed a new vice president/campus director of its Clinton campus. Charlie Minnick has been appointed for the position. He has been in the position on an interim basis since Jan. 1. Ashford University Provost Lori

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Women on Fire event is Wednesday at Vista Grande CLINTON -- For many years, women in business have been honored in the city of Clinton, but on Wednesday, they have a night all their own. The Women are on Fire event will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Vista Grande in Clinton and will offer an oppo

    April 19, 2014

  • McEleney McEleney elected to insurance board CLINTON -- A car dealership owner recently earned a spot on a national insurance board. John McEleney, of Clinton and owner of McEleney Motors, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Federated Insurance Companies. The election took place this w

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clinton looks into roadway safety upgrades Herald Staff Report Clinton looks into roadway safety upgrades

    April 19, 2014

  • L'Kings keep Hot Rods cold BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- There's nothing like jumping on a team when it's down, and the Clinton LumberKings did just that Friday night. For the second night in a row, the LumberKings used a five-run inning to take a victory at Bowling Green Ballpark, th

    April 19, 2014

  • Way of the Cross photo The Way of the Cross By Amy Kent Herald Staff Writer The Way of the Cross

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • AGENDA: 4-22-14 Clinton City Council

    The Clinton City Council will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. followed by a committee of the whole.

    April 18, 2014

  • Theft trial for man charged in Wolfe sisters' murders

    A western Pennsylvania man accused of having robbed and killed his next-door neighbors, two sisters of Iowa Rep. Mary Wolfe, now also faces trial on charges that he stole another woman's wedding ring a year ago.

    State police in Greensburg allege that 43-year-old Allen Wade of East Liberty, Pa., stole the ring while delivering a refrigerator to a home in April 2013. Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judge Rita Hathaway on Thursday agreed to schedule the case for trial.

    April 18, 2014

  • More felonies added to sex abuse charges CLINTON -- A Clinton man already facing multiple felony charges for allegedly sexually abusing a child is now facing six more felonies for sexual exploitation of a child. Tony D. James, 45, was charged this past weekend with six counts of sexual expl

    April 18, 2014

  • Wildlife service to conduct burnings CLINTON -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct several prescribed burns this spring. The burns will take place on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Carroll and Jo Daviess counties. Sites planned for burning

    April 18, 2014

Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Facebook