Newlywed celebrates end of breast cancer treatment with tattoo

Becky Roberds’ wedding was set for July 11, 2015. The 38-year-old had already selected her venue, invited the guests and tailored her dress. Then, in early April, she noticed a lump on her right breast, just a week-and-a-half before her scheduled well-woman exam. “I said, you know, I’m not going to freak out and reschedule my appointment sooner. I’ll just wait until I see my doctor,” she recalls. Becky’s doctor suspected it was a cyst, but he encouraged her to undergo further testing and a biopsy. She got a mammogram and ultrasound through MD Anderson Cancer Center Breast Care at Memorial Hermann. “I went to school for medical assisting, so when they were doing the ultrasound, I saw the blood flow to the mass, and I said, ‘Oh my gosh.’ I knew right then that it was a tumor,” says Becky, who had lost her stepmother, father, mother, grandmother, aunt and two uncles to cancer. Preparing for breast cancer treatment at MD Anderson in Katy On May 4, 2015, Becky got her biopsy results: her tumor was malignant. “Honestly, I knew that I would have cancer at some point in my life,” Becky says. “Because of my family history, I just had an inclination.” That’s why she didn’t even wait for biopsy results to start planning. By the time her doctor had called with her diagnosis, she’d already done her research and set up an appointment at MD Anderson in Katy with Catherine Akay, M.D. “Dr. Akay likes to use the most aggressive but least invasive approach,” Becky says. “She doesn’t want to remove anything she doesn’t have to,...