Lynn McFee of Mount Horeb was 60 a long time aged in Oct 2019 when some poor scores on an insurance policy exam — high cholesterol and blood pressure — sent her to her longtime health practitioner, who, in the study course of obligation, requested, “Have you done a colonoscopy?”
McFee, who does not lack spunk, replied, “Have you finished yours?”
“Yes,” arrived the reply.
McFee asked for a testing kit from Cologuard.
It started out her on a route that was frightening, thorny — battling cancer in a pandemic — and from which, with best-notch clinical assistance, she emerged emotion more healthy than at any time.
A handful of yrs before, McFee experienced reacted to currently being laid off at Ralph Lauren — after a gratifying 3 decades in vogue and dwelling extras merchandising — by opening her have boutique, McFee on Principal, in a historic constructing in Mount Horeb.
The point of intersection is McFee’s resilience and determination to complete what she sets out to do.
This month marks the five-year anniversary for McFee on Primary and her one-yr anniversary of becoming cancer-totally free. The two milestones will endlessly be entwined, and so McFee would like to give back to the UW Carbone Most cancers Heart, most likely by arranging a design and style present fundraiser with herself and other cancer survivors as the types. She’d simply call it, “Thankful, Grateful and Blessed.”
McFee’s most cancers knowledge is recent, but her embrace of fashion dates back again many years.
McFee was born and lifted in the Minneapolis spot. Her family members on a regular basis put in Thanksgiving with relations in Sheldon, Iowa. Her father and grandfather would go pheasant looking. McFee would function in her aunt and uncle’s Sheldon outfits keep, The Gray Store.
“It was tons of fun,” she suggests. “Then in higher college, I worked in a fabric keep. I was constantly fascinated in sewing, crafting my possess outfits.”
Unlike many teens, she was also fascinated in the organization facet of trend. She experienced a good head for quantities. On a college night time at her high university, McFee’s father located a recruiter sitting down in a corner who reported his faculty experienced a manner merchandising software. That school was the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Position.
“I’d never read of it,” McFee says.
Her degree and experience at Point — she served as budget director for college student government — led to a series of work opportunities in the Midwest with Dayton-Hudson, and that introduced an introduction to the Ralph Lauren Corp., wherever she worked in numerous groups across the enterprise: men’s, women’s, dwelling. In 1990 she settled in Chicago, in which she was based mostly for more than two many years.
“It was a excellent working experience,” McFee states of her a long time with Ralph Lauren. “Mr. Lauren is an amazing male. I acquired numerous lessons — priorities, buyer support, not reducing corners.”
It was in Chicago, as well, that she satisfied John McFee, a indigenous of the Mount Horeb region who worked near Chicago O’Hare Intercontinental Airport and lived nearby. They saved a Chicago household when they married in 2006, but they also purchased a property in Mount Horeb, both commuting or doing work remotely from the two in the course of the 7 days.
Ralph Lauren laid off McFee in June 2016. The company was modifying. There have been no tricky feelings — and it accelerated her plans to open a boutique in the historic setting up the few obtained on Mount Horeb’s Most important Street in 2015. McFee’s on Main opened in September 2016.
“I have a excellent minimal house,” she says. “I really like my small business.”
When McFee’s Cologuard exam arrived again optimistic in November 2019, she was confident it was a wrong beneficial. She felt fantastic. A colonoscopy proved or else. There was most cancers she was referred to a surgeon.
The most cancers was gradual-rising and the surgeon OK’d a trip with college or university good friends that McFee had prepared to Barcelona. They scheduled the medical procedures for Feb. 19, 2020.
Returning dwelling on Feb. 12, McFee had a connecting flight in Amsterdam. “They begun taking our temperatures and every person was conversing about COVID.”
The surgery went effectively, but a lymph node tested optimistic for most cancers, necessitating a entire protocol of chemotherapy. The point out and the nation have been closing for the pandemic, so McFee would not see her oncologist — Dr. Sam Lubner from UW Health — in man or woman until eventually summer months, but they shared a 90-moment cell phone get in touch with in late March in which he described how almost everything would get the job done.
Starting off April 3 and continuing for 22 months for 12 sessions, she’d stop by the hospital to have a port installed and chemotherapy administered, leaving with a fanny pack that would keep on the process till a residence health nurse arrived to unhook it 48 hours later on.
On that initially take a look at in early April, a medical center staffer walking McFee to radiology said, “You’re becoming extremely brave.”
“I set on my big woman panties,” McFee replied. “But if you maintain chatting, I’m going to cry.”
Her past chemotherapy session was Sept. 3, 2020. “They ended up 100% productive,” McFee says. She is cancer-no cost and down 40 lbs because of the wholesome, plant-dependent eating plan she adopted throughout her treatment method. She has in no way felt greater.
McFee had a colonoscopy last Might and was explained to she will not want one more for a few several years. Her physicians joked that they periodically will need to look at on the “tattoos” they developed in her colon.
“Great,” McFee suggests. “I’ve always desired a tattoo, but I have never ever been courageous more than enough to put one particular on my physique.”
Doug Moe is a Madison author and a former editor of Madison Journal. Browse his website, “Doug Moe’s Madison,” on madisonmagazine.com.
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