When Bec Cooper was just 14 years old she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
In the weeks leading up to her diagnosis, Bec had noticed a consistent pain in her right calf, but she brushed it off – thinking she had probably just pulled muscle.
Then her friend noticed her right leg was quite swollen in comparison to her left leg. That’s when Bec, along with her mum Dana and her dad Douglas, started to put the pieces together.
Bec also had a cough that wouldn't go away and she kept getting ulcers in her mouth.
Dana immediately took Bec to the doctors, where they ran a series of blood tests and x-rays. They were then sent to a specialist at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.
"That's when I knew something wasn't right," Dana told Mamamia. "The doctor kept bringing in other doctors to see Bec."
That afternoon Bec was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer which attacks muscles in the connective tissues, and she was immediately admitted onto the oncology ward.
By the time Bec was diagnosed, her tumour was stage four and it had spread through her lymph mode into her lungs.
In the 12 months that followed Bec underwent chemotherapy and radiation on her calf, and towards the end of her treatment it seemed like the family would receive some good news.