A Corvallis High School graduate needs local housing to receive specialist physiotherapy in Hamilton.
It’s a long story and a medical need.
In high school, Jason Jury wrestled, played football, acted in a play, and graduated in 1993. His mother, Kathleen, was a United Methodist Church minister in Corvallis, and his sister Heidi became the great worthy Montana consultant for Rainbow. After high school, Jury attended the University of Montana where he earned a degree in psychology and married Cathy, a sign language interpreter for the deaf. He worked for a time in Missoula Corrections as a case manager for guys getting out of jail or going to jail.
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“Then I had a call in my heart from the age of 14 to enter the ministry,” he said in a phone call Wednesday. “I decided to answer the call and go to seminary.”
He earned a master’s degree in theology in Iowa, then returned to Montana to serve as a pastor in Arlee and St. Ignatius where they now live. Jason and Cathy added two daughters, Danika (now 13) and Michelle (now 17). Cathy worked at the Montana School for the Deaf but now serves all of western Montana.
The family often returns to the Bitterroot.
About seven years ago, Jason developed lymphedema on his inner thigh. It grew to the size of a large cantaloupe and affected his ability to walk. After many hospitalizations and surgeries, the lymphedema returned and by the end of 2020 it was the size of a watermelon.
“The issues with my right leg slowed me down more and more,” Jury said.
All the while Jury was seeing a wound care specialist as the surgical wound was not healing properly and two years later they are still changing the dressings on his leg.
At the same time, her doctor and wound care specialist was looking for a physical therapist who could shrink the lobe.
“We’re at the point where we’re trying everything we can to get my leg back to health,” Jury said. “A few months ago this specialist therapist who worked with someone who developed lymphedema therapy was found in Hamilton.”
The jury met with her and regained hope that the lobe could be minimized. However, this means that he will have to receive the therapy five times a week for an indefinite period.
As Cathy works full time with deaf student families statewide and Jason is currently unable to work due to lymphedema and the lobe prevents him from driving, their family must live near Hamilton to receive the therapy necessary for recovery. .
Unfortunately, they couldn’t find accommodation in the Bitterroot Valley.
“We can’t commute from St. Ignatius, it’s a two-hour ride given the traffic in Missoula,” Jury said. “We feel that we have to go all out and get back to the valley. We’re hoping to find a place to buy, but let’s keep all options on the table and start therapy. The healing process can be long. Cathy can do her job from anywhere in the west of the state.
They are looking to buy or rent but with a current low income, two teenagers, a cat, a dog and a housing crisis in the Bitterroot Valley, they struggle to find a home.
“We served in ministry and would love to return to the Valley,” Jury said. “You can imagine living there. Every time we come back it feels like coming home.
To share information about a home to rent or buy, contact Jason Jury at [email protected]