Alik, Seth, Bekah, Rebecca and Manuel Alcozer are cheering for the Longhorns, especially Bekah’s softball team.
had that idea in my mind, a calmness
about me through the whole thing.
On his own, my husband talked to
several local churches and had them
praying for me. I know I was on the
prayer lists of relatives’ churches. All
those prayers were felt. I think I went
through everything pretty smoothly.
Not easily, but smoothly. “
Support came from many places.
Her first day back at work, Mrs.
Alcozer’s coworkers in her department
at Belton High School all wore pink.
Her son shaved his head the week
she started chemotherapy. She also
found comfort in talking to other
breast cancer survivors. “I learned
something from everybody’s story, and
the information they shared. Everyone
I talked to helped me in some way
through the process. Now, I’m happy
to talk to anybody, because we all learn
something from each other’s story.
Those who have gone through this can
Even strangers pitched in. One
night, Mrs. Alcozer and her daughter
had lunch at a restaurant in Temple,
and when they asked for the check,
their waitress said the meal had already
been paid for. “People I didn’t even
know would ask how I was doing,”
Mrs. Alcozer says. “Other breast cancer
survivors came by and talked to me.
The kindness of other people was very
Mrs. Alcozer had her final
chemotherapy treatment on January
3, 2014. She now sees Dr. Yau every
six months for ongoing monitoring. At
her most recent checkup, everything
looked good. And so, thanks to the
care of Scott & White Healthcare,
now Baylor Scott & White Health and
a wealth of support, these days Mrs.
Alcozer is focused on the hobbies she
enjoys, like sewing and reading, and
just being with her family. n
Rebecca talks about her journey
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