Breast cancer survivor praises her radiologist for her positive journey

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - It's October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Wednesday Action 2 News met a survivor who is most thankful for her radiologist. She said if it wasn't for the woman's honesty she would have had a much different journey.

At 78 years old Mary Schneider chooses to smile, even during the worst of times.

“You have to have a positive attitude, if you don't you're beating yourself and that is one of the big things,” said Schneider.

Earlier this year she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“The first thing that I thought about, was thank God, thank God, it's not my daughter, it's not my daughter- -in-laws, and it's not my grandchildren,” said Schneider.

She calls her radiologist, Dr. Mastey with BayCare Clinic, her angel.

“We believe in honesty, with our patients, we believe in not providing false hope in some of these situations when we're quite concerned about an area, but at the same time, we try to provide reassurance that they did the right thing by coming in,” said Dr. Lynn Mastey, Breast Cancer Imaging Radiologist at BayCare Clinic.

Schneider said humor is the best medicine, even for a double mastectomy.

“I said to him, as long as you're in there, if you could take the spare tire, and suck that out and the stomach, that would be very nice because, there's nothing going to be hiding anything,” said Schneider.

Post-surgery she wanted to make others smile. Today, she's cancer free and urges others to not be afraid and not wait for October to get a breast cancer screening.

“It's how you deal and with your providers, and how you deal with them, make sure you ask them questions, don't be afraid to ask them, tell me the truth, and Doctor Mastey did that for me,” said Schneider.