Recent GU – Appleton Graduate Didn’t Let Cancer Stop Her Motivation

Krystal, with her dog Angel

Krystal Duehning, a GU-Appleton graduate in the vet tech program, recently opened up about her bout with cancer and how her motivation and perseverance kept her going in her program instead of giving up.

Krystal was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma (skin cancer) in the summer of 2015 that had metastasized and spread to her blood stream. Instead of giving up on her schooling, she just rearranged her schedule. While it was not possible for her to finish her vet tech externship and be on chemotherapy at the same time, she was able to complete her externship at Pleasant Valley Veterinary Hospital one quarter later and graduate in December 2015.

Krystal was very motivated to finish schooling, despite having a 50 percent chance of survival. She said this inspired her more.

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