RUTLEDGE – Becky Holt is a survivor.
Holt was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 at Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center. After a lumpectomy and radiation therapy, Holt entered remission. Holt said she has experienced no lingering side effects from her treatments.
“I feel very fortunate that I didn’t really have any side effects and everything went fine,” said Holt.
She said prayer helped her fight through her battle with breast cancer, but she also said she prepared for the worst.
“Being a nurse, you know kind of what to expect,” she said.
Holt said her mother died from breast cancer in 2003. She said knowing her mother had passed away from the disease was the scariest part for her.
She said during her battle, her whole family was supportive of her fight. She said they coaxed her to fight. Holt said her family gave her the most courage to fight the disease.
Holt said it was important for women to get a yearly mammogram. The American Cancer Society recommends women ages 40 to 44 should begin yearly mammogram screenings. Holt said those who have a history of breast cancer in their families, no matter the age, should ask for a mammogram screening.
She recommended people fighting breast cancer listen to their doctors and continue to live their lives as normally as they can. She said pitying oneself or others is the worst thing someone who is fighting can do.
Holt said those who are helping a loved one battle the disease should offer their support to their loved one and encourage them to continue fighting.
Holt visited Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center in September for a followup and said she is still in remission.
She said, “It’s horrible to even think about going back, even after this long, but I did really well.”
Holt is a Bean Station resident. She is currently serving as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at Ridgeview Terrace of Life Care in Rutledge.