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September 10, 2007

Dassel woman's daughter featured in 'New York Times'

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

The daughter of Ruth Pasqualetto of Dassel was featured on the front page of The New York Times July 29.

The article about Karen Pasqualetto of Seattle was about Karen’s battle with colon cancer and its advance into her liver. Karen almost was lost in a maze of uneven care.

Ruth, the daughter of Don and Marilyn Frederickson of Dassel, said Karen now is doing very well. Karen had “miracle surgery” in June, she said.

Karen had been given only six months to live when she was diagnosed at the age of 35. Karen had just given birth in July 2006, to a daughter. Karen is married to Chris Hartinger.

Cancer patients often have multiple doctors, giving conflicting advice about the options available. Some doctors advise either surgery, chemotherapy or radiation. Some doctors advise two of those options, and some advise all three, according to Denise Grady, who wrote the article about Karen and her complicated choices.

Ruth said Karen is still alive despite the daunting choices she had because she “challenges” the options given her. Karen has done that since she was little, Ruth said.

Karen lives on the West Coast, because the Pasqualettos lived there when she was growing up. Ruth moved back to Dassel when her mother, Marilyn, moved into Dassel Lakeside Community Home. Ruth now lives on the shore of Spring Lake, Ruth said.

The surgery Karen had to remove the four tumors in her liver and a tangerine-sized tumor in her colon was so dangerous and complex, some of her doctors believed the surgery would make her condition worse, Grady said in the article.

So far, Karen is fine. She is scheduled for a body scan the third week of September to make sure no cancer has returned, Ruth said.


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