ZEALAND, Mich. — Becky Bedola never imagined she would be in the situation she’s in.
“I have four children,” Becky said. “Obviously my husband can take care of them if he needs to, but I’m relying on God and I’ve got a lot of people praying that, you know, it’s going to be okay.”
Just when everything seems wonderful, mother and wife Zeelandia is faced with a grim prognosis.
“They would actually have to remove the jaw muscle and then cut open the skull to get it,” Bedola said.
In early November, doctors diagnosed Becky with brain meningioma grade II.
The prediction came after she picked up her son Tino from school one afternoon. On the way home, she passed out and crashed into a semi truck on Chicago Drive near 72nd Avenue.
“We hit right in the back and that’s when I woke up,” Tino said. “Here are the airbags, everything is smoky, very bad – I tell my mother to wake up.”
The 13-year-old says that when he regained consciousness, he felt the car start to swerve into the other lane, so he pulled over and turned on his hazard lights, adding that this is what Grandpa Summer taught him.
“He said that if I ever get into an accident, I can pull over, put on my hazard lights and call someone, or if I don’t have a phone, wait for someone to come and help me,” – said Tino.
When they went for a scan later that evening, that’s when Becky was diagnosed.
She says doctors believe her tumor triggered a seizure while she was driving, though she notes she didn’t have seizures like some people do. Instead, she remembers feeling confused and staring blankly at the moments before the accident.
“Looking back at things and just seeing the hand of God … if I hadn’t picked him up, I just don’t believe I would be here today,” Becky said.
Doctors believe the tumor is benign, but won’t know until she has surgery on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
According to the National Cancer Institute, meningioma tumors are more common in women, but grades II and III are more common in men.
Symptoms include vision changes, headaches and seizures.
Becky says she didn’t feel any changes in herself before the accident.
“The kids would sometimes say, ‘Hey Mom, you’re kind of zoning out,’ but as a mom, you’re like, ‘Sure, I zoned out. I have to think and do a thousand and one things,” said Becky.
As everyone approaches the season of wanting to make things great, Becky reminds them to do the same for themselves.
“[I want] just to let the kids know that sometimes … you’re given this grace to do extraordinary things, and parents said, ‘sometimes you can take care of yourself,’” Becky said.