S.H.E.: Crystal woman feisty and fighting as 5-year cancer survivor

By Stacie Smith • Last Updated 10:50 am on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Breast cancer survivor Jur Ree Schneider (right) of Crystal attended the Carson Health Pink Ribbon Affair with her daughter, Carol Jegla of Portland. Daily News/Stacie Rose

Jur Ree Schneider of Crystal is a 5-year cancer survivor and an attendee of the Carson Health Pink Ribbon Affair.

When Schneider was 77, she underwent an annual mammogram where a pea sized growth was detected. Upon discovering the tumor was cancerous, Schneider immediately decided to have a full mastectomy to avoid radiation and chemotherapy treatment. Schneider felt that at her age, a mastectomy was a reasonable option but her quick decision was a little upsetting to her daughters.

Schneider’s daughter, Carol Jegla of Portland, was in attendance with her mother and reaffirmed that it was follow up treatments of radiation and chemotherapy that caused her mother to make a quick decision to undergo a mastectomy. Jegla would have liked to have more time to help her mother make an informed decision but understood why she went the direction she did.

“My mom had been married for years and she didn’t want my dad to have to drive to Lansing or Alma for her treatment,” Jegla stated.

Schneider is doing well and has been taking medication since her operation five years ago, but she strongly believes that women need to push to receive quality medical care. Though she did not know whether she had an inheritable form of breast cancer, she did say that her mother too had the disease.

“My mother had it, it started under her arm,” Schneider remarked. “I don’t know what her thinking was, she just gave up.”

Schneider, however, was not like her mother and knew that she was going to fight her breast cancer. It is her history of breast cancer and her mother’s that has caused Schneider to be especially mindful of her daughters and daughter-in-law.

“Get your mammogram every year and that’s the only order I’ll give,” Schneider said emphatically.

Jegla is certain to follow her mother’s advice and at her most recent exam noted that there was a student in the exam room with her physician. Part of the exam included the discussion that present medical students are being taught that women need only get mammograms every other year except on a case by case basis. Jegla continues to follow the advice of her mother and goes for an annual mammogram.

Mother and daughter are a show of strength and unity in their fight against breast cancer. Clearly, part of Schneider’s spunk has been passed along to her daughter and their bond was key to celebrating five years of being cancer free.

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