‘Better to think positively’


Mary Hauswald has survived bouts with breast cancer and Hodgkin's lymphoma. PHOTO BY JOSHUA MARSHALL

The news that she had cancer again was as alarming to her as a diagnosis of pneumonia: serious but treatable, and nothing to be afraid of.

Mary Hauswald knew the malignancy in her left breast would need to be treated quickly with surgery. She also suspected that the radiation treatments she’d received decades earlier when she’d been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma had led to her breast cancer.

But more importantly, the radiation had kept her alive for 39 years. That had been enough time to continue raising sons Greg and then Jeff, whom she was pregnant with when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s in 1959.

Surviving Hodgkin’s had given her and husband Ronald the chance to have a daughter, Carol Wietholter, and for Hauswald to help raise all three kids until they graduated high school.

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