Learn how Rebbeca McClur had fought breast cancer and how today she is helping young women fight breast cancer.
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Michael Tucker: When the lump is discovered either on self exam, clinical exam, or mammogram action must be taken toward the diagnosis. A physician may order diagnostic mammogram perhaps an ultrasound image and certainly a biopsy. Either the simple needle biopsy was a bit more involved core biopsy. The images are studied by radiologist and the tissue samples from the biopsy got to the lab. When the studies are complete a diagnosis is made. Cancer is defined in stages with stage zero being the easiest to treat. In general the larger the tumor with evidence of cancer cells spreading the more complex the treatment regimen. Also in general the younger the woman the more aggressive the cancer. Jill Eikenberry: When Rebecca graduated from high school she never thought breast cancer will be in her future. She was stunned with the diagnosis at age 27. She had hopes and dreams for the future but will there will a future at all. Growing up Rebecca Maclure says she was a shy little girl but always big on hopes and dreams. Rebecca: I thought that growing up like by age 25 I would be married by age 27 I would have my first child. Jill Eikenberry: But instead life through her curve. Rebecca: Well age 25 came I didn’t get married, age 27 I had breast cancer. Jill Eikenberry: It was a difficult time that same year her best friend Tina was also diagnosed with breast cancer. Rebecca: I wanted to be down with surgery and be able to spend as much time as I possibly could with her. Jill Eikenberry: Although breast cancer forced Rebecca to put dreams of having a family on hold she didn’t stand still for a second she’s the Executive Vice President of Credit Union and finishing up her masters degree. She says its best friend Tina who keeps here inspired. Rebecca: When I saw her and just the fight that she had in here spirit it just told me that you know what I’m not going to sit in the corner and just be, “Oh why me why did this happen to me?” I want to say why not me. Why not use my voice to tell other women that yes breast cancer does happen to young women. It is not your mother’s disease. It is not your grandmother’s disease. It’s a disease of all women. It doesn’t discriminate. Jill Eikenberry: Though Tina was very sick she made time for her friend. Rebecca: I have my lumpectomy. She came up, she drove herself up here to be with me and her sister told me she said she is always worrying about McClure. Wondering how McClure is doing and I’m thinking okay here she is she’s fighting this disease but she’s worrying about me. I was just so motivated by her because she was a fighter and she fought to the very end. The day that I saw her when I left I knew that would be the last time that I saw her alive and I was okay with that. Jill Eikenberry: At the age of 38 Rebecca’s best friend of 20 years died. Rebecca: It was peaceful for her, it was how we just the ultimate thing for her to know that so many people loved her and that she had touched so many people’s lives and the time that she had been here on this earth. For awhile there I felt kind of alone. I didn’t know anyone else younger that besides Tina that have had breast cancer. Jill Eikenberry: Then Rebecca learned about the Young Survivors Coalition and with an angel named Tina guiding her Rebecca started reaching out to other young women with breast cancer. Rebecca: Most of them are married they have children, their children are school age. So you know and their faith in their mortality they’re doing with the fact I have breast cancer and I’m going to be here to see my son about to graduate from high school and I’m going to be here to see my son or daughter get married and go to college. Jill Eikenberry: Rebecca often meets the women she connects with over the internet. Just as Tina empowered Rebecca, Rebecca now brings strength and courage to other young women. Female: I just feel I can take on the world now. I feel great my last chemo treatment was December 2nd of last year. Female: We’re out