KXPO's Community Hero for this month of September is a doctor who
delivers babies-calves, piglets, lambs, kids, whatever.
Doctor Jeanette Bjornstad is also a cancer survivor. She was diagnosed
with ovarian cancer three years ago and it wasn't something doctors were looking
for at the time. Catching it was a miracle. Bjornstad had surgery at Mayo and
underwent chemo. Bjornstad spoke at Relay for Life events in Langdon, Cavalier,
Bjornstad's visited with and counselled a lot of cancer survivors and
warriors. It's opened doors for her to meet more people with whom she has
something in common.
Bjornstad talks about encouragement, staying strong during chemotherapy,
praying, hoping, reaching out for help, and watching out. Early detection's critical.
If you know something's wrong but can't put a finger on it, check it out.
Get a second or third opinion if you think it's necessary.
Bjornstad says some cancers are subtle, others are not.
Bjornstad sees some parallels and lessons in her veterinary practice too.
Her clients know their animals very well and if they suspect something, they
bring the animals in and she checks them for anything that might be wrong.
Bjornstad says the word "cancer" hits like the proverbial "ton of bricks" but
don't lose hope.
Bjornstad says be vigilant. If you suspect something, get it checked.
Early detection is critical. If you're wrong and it's not cancer, great.
She also says a support network is critical.
Doctor Jeanette Bjornstad, veterinarian, cancer survivor, and KXPO Community
Hero for September.