Herald JournalHerald Journal, Dec. 8, 2003

Cancer doesn't stop HT teacher, coach

By Paul Maravelas

Brian Schreve says a recent diagnosis of Hodgkin's disease hasn't changed much in his life.

The young teacher of American history and world geography at Holy Trinity High School says his doctor is optimistic about his future with the disease "which isn't curable but can be put in permanent remission."

Schreve will undergo chemotherapy during the next four months, traveling to Waconia for intravenous injections every other week.

The therapy will make him nauseous and will cause some hair loss, Schreve said, but his doctor has told him "to go with what my body says to do."

He plans to take the injections on Fridays, to minimize the effect on his teaching work.

He expects to continue to work without interruption.

Hodgkin's disease is a form of cancer that attacks the lymph nodes. About 130,000 people in the US have been diagnosed with the disease.

Schreve first noticed a lump in his neck in early November, and a biopsy indicated it was Hodgkin's.

Students at Holy Trinity have asked a lot of questions but have been supportive and respectful, Schreve says. "It's all you can really ask for."

The native of Mandan, ND studied at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. He coaches junior varsity girls' basketball and is student council advisor at Holy Trinity High School.

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