Becky Bechtel – 2015 Ambassador
Becky and her husband, Larry, have two wonderful daughters, Christina and Caroline. They also have a cat, Cocoa, who is battling cancer, and a Yorkie named Captain. Becky currently works for Navient. In her spare time, Becky likes to stay active by working out, reading, playing the piano and singing in her church choir. She is a member of the Indy Survivors and is on the planning committee for Casting for Recovery. She is politically active and serves as an elected State Delegate to the Convention. Becky has also served on the board of the Cathedral Mother’s Club along with the Lady’s Irish Lacrosse Board.
Becky’s breast cancer journey has been an enlightening experience. Living a healthy and active lifestyle, she was surprised at her breast cancer diagnosis. After noticing some abnormalities, Becky had a mammogram and ductogram. Both screenings showed no signs of breast cancer. However, Becky was finally diagnosed after being advised to contact a breast surgeon. Becky was faced with the choice to have a lumpectomy with six weeks of radiation or a mastectomy. Hesitant to move forward, Becky wanted more information and after three more tests she went from Stage 0 to 1. Becky chose to undergo a mastectomy followed by DIEP Flap reconstruction. Becky was overwhelmed with support from friends and family and was uplifted by prayer as she went into the operating room. Breast cancer transformed her entire life and Becky feels she has come out of her journey as a better person. Becky has always been enthusiastic, but now life seems sweeter. She has learned to appreciate the small things in life and does not let situations bother her anymore.
Becky’s takeaway message for others:
“A breast cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence. Rather, it is an opportunity to embrace the gift of having your life shaken up like a kaleidoscope for the purpose of seeing the “colors of life” in a completely different way. This diagnosis gives the opportunity to slow down and breathe in the simple pleasures of life. Breast cancer helps put things in perspective and gives the patient the opportunity to really embrace who they are and what they want out of life. Simply put, it is an opportunity for growth.”
City: Indianapolis, Indiana
Date of diagnosis: December 22, 2010
Diagnosis: Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Stage 1, ER/PR +, HER2