My mom, Rebecca Evans, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. She found a lump in her breast while doing a self exam. I remember the phone call from my dad so clearly. She had breast cancer in both breasts and in almost all of her lymph nodes. Her doctor told her to get her affairs in order and prepare for the worst and then to get ready for the fight to save her life.
Now if you knew my mom you knew she wasn’t going to go without a fight. She went through chemo therapy, radiation, a double mastectomy, reconstruction surgery and months of being sick and exhausted. All the while she continued to teach high school English and Spanish and keep up with my brother who was 6 at the time. She was really worried that she wouldn’t be able to see him grow up.
I remember the changes, the loss of hair, the scars she hated, the lack of energy and the struggle to do the things she enjoyed doing. She fought every step of the way and during the process helped other women who were going through the same thing.
I hope to continue to help women fight breast cancer in memory of mom through The Pink Gala.