Becca

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Becca

Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer

Becca’s time at Provision CARES Proton Therapy can be summed up in one word – “Blessed.”

She chose proton therapy to treat a tumor on her lung because of the clinical benefits, knowing it would lower the risk of damage to healthy heart and breast tissue compared to traditional x-ray radiation. And Provision’s Culture of Care just made her experience that much more special.

“I was thanking God. I was like, ‘This is where I’m supposed to be,’” she recalled.

Becca grew up surrounded and nurtured by family and friends. She spent many weekends outdoors in the lakes and mountains.

“I just love looking at the beauty my God has created for us to enjoy,” she said. “I like camping with a big crowd of family and friends. It’s a great time to be together, bonding and spending time away from everyday life.”

It turned out to be just the support system she needed when diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma at the young age of 27.

It started out as a strep diagnosis that grew progressively debilitating. Her energy faded. She couldn’t breathe. Eight hours at the day care where she worked sent her straight to bed.

“I was so weak I would have to sit on my bed to dry my hair,” Becca recalled. “My mom said, ‘We’re taking you to the hospital to see what’s going on.’”

After an x-ray, then a CT scan, the emergency doctor delivered the news – a mass had been spotted on her right lung.

“I just lost it right then and there.”

All Becca could think of was a boy in their community who had died of cancer at the age of 12.

She remembered thinking, “I don’t want to die yet.”

Becca was admitted to the hospital for more testing. Released on a Friday, she saw an oncologist on Monday, had a port placed on Wednesday, and started chemotherapy the following week.

What followed were weeks of misery as she underwent chemotherapy treatment, follow-up booster shots to encourage the growth of healthy, white blood cells, and only two days a week where she felt good enough to be up.

“It makes you feel like you have the flu,” she said.

Through it all, Becca said she maintained her “faith in God and my support system here at home.”

Her aunt and uncle moved in with the family so her parents could continue working. Her church supplied love and prayers. And when it came time for her to receive proton therapy at Provision CARES Proton Therapy, she felt like she’d come home.

“As soon as we walked in I fell in love with the whole place,” Becca said.

After meeting with her doctor and members of the CARES team, she began treatment at Provision.

“The people at Provision are simply so amazing. They make you feel so welcome.”

After completing treatment, Becca said she looked forward to more time hiking in the mountains, returning to school, and ultimately opening her own childcare center.

“I’m very blessed. This is one of my favorite songs – I am blessed every day that I live, I am blessed. When I get up in the morning till I lay my head to rest, I am blessed.

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