My Story as a Breast Cancer Mama


I'm Rebecca.

I am lucky to be "mama" to two wonderful children, Owen and Lucia. Owen is my affectionate, book-loving, witty, curious, and intelligent son who has, from day one, required me to constantly up my parenting game. Lucia is my cuddly, smart, animal-loving, and quietly-observant dance-and silliness-loving daughter who amazes me with her insight. There are times we frustrate each other, but it truly is a joy to be on this parenting journey with them and watch them grow into kind and interesting human beings.
Petrified Forest National Park, Oct. 2015

I am fortunate to have been raised in a family that valued learning, and I am thankful to have stumbled upon the little-known field of medical physics, a career that I enjoy, in spite of the frustrations and challenges that come it. 

I have three sisters who, despite our differences and disagreements, have come together during life's most difficult challenges. 

I am thankful to have a good parenting relationship with my kids' father. Despite my failure to make our marriage work, he is a kind, loving father to our kiddos, and for that, I will always be grateful. 

More recently, I have a new best friend in my life who has helped me face a difficult medical diagnosis with understanding and support far beyond what any new relationship could be expected to withstand. He has provided encouragement and laughter. Lots and lots of laughter, despite the stress and strain of everything else. 

Lastly, I am a breast cancer patient. Weeks before my 37th birthday, I was diagnosed with Stage 3C invasive ductal carcinoma. Everyone has shit to deal with. Right now, this is mine. I am, overall, a fairly private person, but breast cancer has blurred the lines between my private and public lives. This website is as much for own catharsis than anything. If I can provide information and/or support to others along the way, that's just (as they say in Louisiana) lagniappe.