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Honored Kid Rebecca Shannon Age 19

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Randolph, NJ, US
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Date of Diagnosis
August 2012
In treatment
Treated At
Goryeb Children's Hospital
Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center


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Learn about Rebecca's Journey

Rebecca is a 13-year-old 8th grade student. Her journey with cancer started in the middle of August 2012. After having a busy summer Rebecca was very tired and not feeling well. We took a trip to the Emergency Room at Goryeb Children’s Center in Morristown, NJ and three days later was diagnosed with Primary Mediastinal B-cell Lymphoma. After her first scan it was discovered that not only did she have a 12-centimeter tumor resting on her heart but also she had several tumors, lesions and spots throughout her torso.

Rebecca’s course of treatment includes 6 rounds of chemo, lumbar punctures, platelet and blood transfusions and scans. She handled the chemo well, but did suffer a few side effects – mouth sores, fevers, infections. Unfortunately her chemo treatments caused her to be in the hospital more than she was at home. Fortunately, the staff at Goryeb is wonderful and always made her feel at home.

Rebecca did suffer a big setback in her journey in December. She was rushed to the hospital at the beginning of December and was discovered to have sepsis – a life threatening blood infection. She was intubated and sedated for 8 days. When Rebecca was woken up after 8 days it was discovered she had developed 3 blood clots. As of today, 2 of the 3 blood clots have dissipated – yeah!

After completing her 6th round of chemo it was discovered that all but one tumor remained. With that bit of news Rebecca was referred to Dr. Cairo a specialist for her type of cancer. Unfortunately Dr. Cairo is over an hour away in NY. Rebecca started her second treatment regimen (chemo, radiation and a stem cell transplant) in March and she is expected to be cancer free by the time school starts again in the fall.

Rebecca looks at this part of her life as just a blip and as soon as the cancer has been treated and has melted away she will get back to her life! Her main goal was to go back to school this year and enjoy her last year in middle school. Unfortunately this will not be possible, but she is looking forward to starting high school in the fall!

With the support of her family, friends, neighbors, and all of those who have heard of her situation Rebecca’s spirits have been extremely upbeat and positive. She is an incredible young woman.
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