Next, the Schenck family looked to their doctors in the Indianapolis community to help them in finding the best treatment options and care for fighting Becky’s aggressive brain cancer.
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Two of the doctors that were instrumental in Becky’s success are Indianapolis-based Dr. Tim Kelly of Community Health Network and Dr. Jennifer Morgan of IU Health.
Dr. Kelly, a long-time family friend, recommended Dr. Morgan to be their local oncologist. The Schencks describe Dr. Morgan as someone who immediately made them feel safe and hopeful in her presence. "She was brilliant and compassionate," Steve said. She was critical to Becky's ten year journey.
Dr. Morgan, Dr. Kelly, and Sam Odle, former Chief Operating Officer of IU Health, assisted the Schenck family with the decision to have surgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and participate in a new trial drug by Eli Lilly in Indianapolis.
In the next ten years Becky had three brain surgeries, six years of two chemotherapy drugs, over 130 MRIs from Community Health, radiation and medications for her ongoing seizures. During this period everything that most of us take for granted, like driving a car, speech and being able to walk, were taken away. The last five months of her life, she received excellent care and compassion from the team at St. Vincent Hospice. What inspired so many that met Becky during her whole journey is that she never said "why me" or complained.
With the help of these Indianapolis-based medical providers that became close friends, along with Becky’s excellent medical team at UCSF, Becky defied the odds.
The Schenck family is so deeply grateful to God and this medical community for the extra time they were given with Becky.