Despite setback, breast cancer survivor nears end of treatment

As Rebecca Stedman has learned firsthand, breast cancer treatment doesn’t always go as planned. That’s why she’s glad that she started her journey with the right mindset. “Honestly, I felt the Holy Spirit tell me, ‘Don’t run ahead and don’t lag behind — just say in the moment and take it one step at a time,’” she says. Rebecca was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer on Aug. 12, 2015, after she discovered a lump on her left breast. She decided to seek help at MD Anderson in The Woodlands because it was near her home in Splendora, Texas. “I did not want to drive in Houston traffic if I could avoid it. I felt that it would’ve added to my stress level,” she says. Rebecca’s breast cancer treatment plan During her first visit to MD Anderson in The Woodlands, she met with breast surgeon Elizabeth FitzSullivan, M.D., and oncologist Jenny Vu Pozadzides, M.D. Together, they developed her treatment plan: surgery, then chemotherapy followed by radiation therapy, and finally breast reconstruction. “They were very encouraging, and they were very hopeful,” she says. And they supported Rebecca’s decision to take a family vacation to Disney World® that October. “That really made me feel like I picked a great team. They really cared for me, for my emotional wellbeing as well as the physical,” she says. Three days after Rebecca returned from her trip, FitzSullivan performed surgery on her left breast. “They opened me up like a flower, took the cancer and about 25 lymph nodes out and put me back together with a tissue expander, which preserved that space and...