Published on January 03, 2019

Cancer Survivor Is Running Through Life

Michelle Juehring with her family during cancer diagnosis

From the mouth of a 2-year-old: “Why is mommy’s head shiny?’’

Dane Juehring, approaching his third birthday, posed the question many women can understand. Mommy’s head was shiny because she lost her hair during breast cancer treatment.

In 2006 Michelle Juehring was a 38-year-old wife to Dave and mother of two – the inquisitive Dane and Shelby, 7 months old at the time – and a full-time employee of the Quad-City Times. She already had plenty going on. She didn’t have extra time for a diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancer.

She had a diagnosis and treatment plan she received from Genesis but wanted a second opinion from the Mayo Clinic.

Michele Juehring went bald while bravely fighting cancer“I’m originally from Wisconsin. When you live in Wisconsin, the Mayo Clinic is where you go when you have cancer,’’ she explained. “The people at the Mayo Clinic told me Genesis was suggesting exactly what they would do for me at the Mayo Clinic. They said I might as well be treated at home.’’

Staff of the Genesis Cancer Care Institute and the Kenneth H. McKay Center for Breast Health provided treatment, support and information throughout Juehring’s journey. She had surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and reconstructive surgery all at Genesis.

“I would advise anyone facing a cancer diagnosis to take advantage of what is available right here whenever possible,’’ Michelle Juehring. “Not only did I receive a high quality of care, but I received compassionate care across the board.

“When you are first diagnosed, you think about where the best care is. But what you need might be available in your own community.

“I had so much going with on two young children and work but I had great care and great support. I had a supportive husband (Dave) who walked every step with me.’’

Dane, who asked the great question, is now 15. Shelby, who would pull out clumps of mom’s hair during treatment, is 13.

More cancer patients in the region like Michelle will be able to receive their care locally at Genesis.

Expanded Cancer Services Near You

In a significant expansion of close-to-home comprehensive cancer services, medical oncologists Stewart Garneau, M.D., Michael Porubcin, M.D., and David Spector, M.D., Ph.D., will join Genesis Health Group (GHG), effective January 2, 2019.

Dr. Garneau comes to GHG after more than 20 years of independent practice in Moline. Drs. Porubcin and Spector join Genesis from Medical Arts Associates, Ltd., in Moline. All three doctors will relocate to the Genesis Cancer Care Institute, located at Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park.

Cancer treatment will also be available to patients at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis.

The Patient at the Center

Michelle with her family now cancer-freeAt the center of that care team will be patients who, like Michelle Juehring, have other commitments as they fight cancer.

“At every step I felt like my opinion mattered and I was empowered to be part of my own treatment plan,’’ Juehring said. “I felt informed all along the way about what my options were.’’

Juehring’s cancer journey may have started with a single step; a diagnosis, but has continued with a run through life. She is a distance runner and even during cancer treatments was in the field for the Quad-City Times Bix 7 and ran a marathon in the fall. To date, she has run 23 marathons and completed an Ironman triathlon.

Running is now her career. She is the assistant race director of the Quad-City Times Bix 7 and will become race director starting with the 2020 race.

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