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When it Rains, it Pours


HAMMOND, Minn. (KTTC) --  If having to deal with the devastation of a flood isn't enough, try adding to that a list of pre-existing medical conditions. For one Hammond woman, it's reality.

"My health is an issue, but I don't dwell on it because there's so much to do," said Susie Buck.

Buck's life was already complicated before the Zumbro River flooded her home.

"I was diagnosed several years ago with diabetes. I was diagnosed a couple of years ago with depression and now I was diagnosed six months ago with leukemia."

She suffers from three illnesses's that can literally drain the life right out of a person, both mentally and physically. However, Susie refuses to let that happen.

"I would like to crawl in a hole and just come back out when it's all over, but I can't do it. It forces you to be strong and be here. I can't go sit someplace comfy while my family and friends go work on my house, I can't do that."

She credits the love, support and help of her family for getting her through this tough time.

"My house wouldn't look like it is. It wouldn't be gutted like it is. I'm sure it would still be full of stinky stuff. I can't do it alone, my health doesn't let me."

As fatigued as Susie is most days, her will power is strong. She is bound and determined that nothing will separate her from this 100 year old house, where she grew up.

"I want to live here. I love this town, I love this community, this is my home."

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