Someone You Should Know: Rebecca Bliss
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Most people have heard, one way or another, that it's not what happens to you in life; it's how you respond to it that counts.
How Rebecca Bliss responded is what makes her someone you should know.
Rebecca has been tested - a lot.
It started with the diagnosis of a rare cancer in her sinus two years ago.
Rebecca isn't shy about showing the scars from the surgery that removed her cheekbone and half of her upper jaw. Another scar on her leg shows where doctors took bone and used it for reconstruction surgery on her face.
Her prosthetic upper palate affects her speech, as well.
It was hard for Rebecca to find a silver lining.
"Everything I was going through, I had a right to feel it," she said. "And I had to feel it and get through it."
Not only did Rebecca get through it, she married her boyfriend Matthew in the middle of it all.
The next day, she had her eggs harvested at the Strong Fertility Clinic. A program at the clinic - Childbearing After Recovery or CARE - helps to cover the cost of preserving fertility for women facing chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
When asked what having that option means to her, Rebecca said it means everything.
"I want to be a mom," Rebecca said. "My husband wants to be a father."
It has been a fight. She has the scars to prove it - and to show that she won.
"I can't speak the way I did," Rebecca said. "I look a little different. But I'm still beautiful. I still have my personality. just have a different view of life. And maybe that view is just as important."
On her Facebook page, Rebecca has a video that shows her destroying the uncomfortable mask she had to wear after the facial surgery.
That mask is now history - and so is Rebecca's cancer.
Without that cancer as an elephant in the room, Rebecca and Matthew were married again this month. This time, they had a bigger ceremony with their friends.
The two are hoping to start a family soon and Rebecca is pledging to become a regular supporter of the CARE program that preserved her dream of being a mother.
There is a fundraiser for the Strong Fertility Center Friday night. You can find tickets here.