Husband’s book ‘Beyond Words’ documents wife’s struggle with cancer


By Renee Larr

Fishers resident Steve Schenck remembers when his wife, Becky, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer.

Steve and Becky Schenck. (Submitted photo)

Steve and Becky Schenck. (Submitted photo)

“It was over 10 years ago when we first found out she had brain cancer,” he said. “The diagnosis was that you would live a year to 15 months. Becky ended up living 10 years with the disease. Over the course of 10 years, she had three brain surgeries and chemotherapy.”

For most people, that diagnosis would be a death sentence. It wasn’t for Becky.

“She was never going to give up, and she never did,” Steve said.

Steve wanted to leave behind a legacy for Becky. He found inspiration in the Indianapolis Business Journal and decided to document her journey in a book.

“I saw something about leaving behind a legacy. I saw it as Becky was in her ninth year of survival. ‘Beyond Words’ is really about the extraordinary way she was able to cope with the disease and the inspiration she provided for so many. No one lives 10 years with glioblastoma, but she did,” he said. “It was the story of inspiration. The book is not only about her amazing story of faith and love but it’s also a resource for anyone that is dealing with terminal cancer of any kind, really. They look can look and see how someone in her position dealt with it.”

The book is not only about Becky’s will to survive but also includes help for anyone dealing with the same diagnosis.

“It’s particularly useful for people with brain cancer. We put in all these resources about where you can get financial support, resource materials and caregiver tips,” he said.

Becky lost her fight with cancer July 24. The book was released in August. It’s available for purchase on

“She was proud of the fact that she beat it. It was not an easy journey. She didn’t quit, and she fought it to the very end,” Steve said.

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