Finding purpose in a breast cancer diagnosis

Rebecca Stedman believes that every experience had in life serves a purpose, and cancer is no exception. “Just as I felt like I was chosen to have a child with disabilities, I was also chosen to have breast cancer,” she says. Rebecca stepped out of the shower one summer day in 2015 and felt a lump in her left breast. She’d received a clean bill of health during a well-woman exam just four months earlier, so she decided to watch it silently. “I have no cancer history in my family, so I really doubted that it was that. I really thought that it was a cyst, and there was no reason to get all worked up,” she says. “I also didn’t want to acknowledge that it was possibly breast cancer.” A breast cancer diagnosis After two weeks of monitoring the lump, she finally told her husband about it. She went back to her doctor for a second mammogram and ultrasound. A biopsy followed and then a phone call. “They said, ‘We need you to come in, the doctor wants to see you right away.’ As soon as they said that, I knew,” she says. “My husband was at work, and I called and told him, ‘I need you to leave work, I need you to come get me and take me to the doctor’s office right away.’” On Aug. 12, 2015, Rebecca was diagnosed with stage II invasive ductile carcinoma of the left breast. “We’ve had many struggles, and this was just another one that I truly felt was going to be used in the next part of my...