That was the name sixteen year old Becca Schofield from Riverview, New Brunswick decided to give her brain tumour.
“I thought it needed a name,” says Becca. “But one that wasn’t too scary since having a tumour can be scary enough.”
Becca remembers the night in February when she found out Butterscotch existed.
What started out like a flu eventually turned into so much pain that she insisted her parents take her to the hospital. After seeing a doctor in the Emergency Room, having a CT scan, and being transferred to The Moncton Hospital by ambulance, Becca got the news.
“It happened all of a sudden,” Becca recalls. “I had been feeling sick, but you never think brain cancer.”
The next morning she went in to surgery for seven and a half hours to have her tumour removed.
Two weeks after surgery, Becca came to Halifax for treatment at the IWK Health Centre. That’s when her family stayed at Ronald McDonald House® for the first time.
“I loved it,” says Becca thinking back to her first impression of the House. “It felt like a safe haven. Everyone there was like family.”
For two months, her parents would take turns sleeping at her hospital bedside while the other slept at Ronald McDonald House. Becca would sometimes stay at the House when she was well enough to leave the hospital.
“My favourite thing about being at the House was interacting with the other kids,” says Becca. “Even when I was too sick to talk with them, watching other kids spend time with their families lifted my spirits. When I couldn’t be there, my memories would keep me happy.”
While Becca continued to receive treatment away from home, she started her own Facebook Page called ‘Becca’s Battle with Butterscotch’ to update friends and family about her progress. Her friends and classmates at school were so inspired by her that they rallied together to make a video to show their support. When Becca saw it she was deeply touched.
“To see the video, to see they care, to see they support me, to see they love me, it was the best thing in the world.”
Becca’s family truly believe that your attitude affects the people around you.
“Every day we try to find something positive,” says Becca. “Some days are harder than others but we focus on what we can control and what we can’t control, we let go.”
Becca’s fight with brain cancer has taught her that she’d love to be a motivational speaker and write a book one day called ‘Butterscotch Pie and Other Bittersweet Things.’
One thing Becca knows she can control is her positive outlook.
“It’s called cancer, not can’t-cer,” shares Becca. “Don’t accept the limitations that people give you because of your diagnosis. That is for you to decide.”