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Thea Beanie in Navy with Rainbow
The Thea Beanie is named in honour of POGO ambassador, Thea. When she was 15 years old, Thea was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system. It may affect people of any age, but is most common in people between 20 and 40 years old and those over 55.
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For months leading up to her diagnosis, Thea wasn’t feeling “quite right.” A search of her symptoms on the Internet led her to many potential ailments, but when her doctor felt the lymph nodes in her neck, armpit and groin, Thea knew he suspected cancer.
“Being diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma was terrifying, but in some ways it helped to know that I wasn’t going to feel terrible forever, that there would be an end. Before that I was just in this state of prolonged sickness and it really affected my mental health.” -Thea
Childhood cancer survivors need to be monitored regularly for long-term effects from their cancer treatment, identifying these effects as early as possible. Thea will need to get mammograms and angiograms starting in her 20s and she will have to have her thyroid checked regularly.
Thea was nervous to return to school after treatment because she had essentially “dropped out” for that period and she noticed that the chemotherapy had affected her cognitive processing speed. With the help of her POGO Interlink Nurse, Thea is back on track and taking the courses required to fulfill her new goal of becoming a pediatric nurse.
POGO Interlink Nurses provide excellent nursing support to young cancer patients and help families identify useful resources and services in the community, including POGO’s Financial Assistance to Families Program.