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Cancer survivor keeps on trucking
Becky Webb speaks about breast cancer with a calming nonchalance, as if her brush with the deadly disease were akin to a cough that wouldn’t go away.
Perhaps it’s that attitude that helps her through tough times, many of which are still around the corner.
“They detected it in 2010 when I was 29 and getting an ultra-sound for my son,” said Becky, who, along with her family, will take part in a ceremonial puck-drop when the Kamloops Blazers play the Prince George Cougars at Interior Savings Centre on Saturday, Oct. 5 — Safeway Breast Cancer Night.
“Sure enough, it was into surgery and into chemo. I had Luke and he came out with more hair than I did, the little bugger.”
Luke, now two, has a rare heart condition, not a by-product of Becky’s cancer or chemotherapy treatment, she said.
The multiple surgeries in the little guy’s future are just another series of hurdles the family plans on jumping over.
“They didn’t want me to have Luke,” said Becky, who has another son, Braden, 9, and a husband, Jeff.
“They said, ‘Do you want to live for your child that you have now or do you not want to be around and try for this other baby?’
“But that’s not how we roll.
“Pregnancy is one thing, but then having four rounds of chemo and surgery, in hindsight, it was pretty exhausting. When you’re in the moment, though, you just do it.”
Becky seems to be through the worst and a healthy future now looks promising, although “they don’t really say you’re cancer-free until five years out,” she said.
The Westsyde secondary graduate credits organizations such as the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation for helping her become educated about the disease.
“Unfortunately, you fall through the cracks on certain things,” said Becky, a member of the Spirit Warriors dragon-boat team, comprised of breast-cancer survivors from the Tournament Capital.
“They told me about educating yourself and pushing for things like treatment.”
Now a communications and promotions organizer for CIBC Run for the Cure, Becky is doing her part by telling her story, raising breast-cancer awareness in the River City.
“When you’re 29, you don’t really think it’s going to be cancer and it doesn’t run in my family,” she said.
“Nobody in my family has cancer.
“For us, we stay pretty positive about our lives. We just keep trucking along.”
Blazers home Friday
Kamloops squares off with Victoria on Friday, Oct. 4.
Game time is 7 p.m.