Birregurra netballer’s cancer fight

Birregurrra officials say a return to netball is driving Saint Bec Thompson, pictured, during her fight to beat cancer.

Birregurra has thrown its arms around a much-loved netballer during her battle with cancer.

Second-year Saint Bec Thompson shocked teammates and club members when she revealed she would sit out the 2019 season after being diagnosed with MALT lymphoma.

A routine eye check discovered Bec had a growth surrounding the optic nerve of her left eye that was identified as a form of cancer.

The Saints have rallied in support of the popular goaler, who topped the club’s A Grade shooting stats in 2018 after netting 217 goals in her first year at the club.

Birregurra president Ange Hall said Bec, affectionately known as “BT” around the club, attended a game last month and had confronted the battle with a positive outlook.

She said the 35-year-old was currently undergoing treatment and a return to netball had inspired Bec in her fight to beat cancer.

“She came and surprised us at netball a few Saturdays ago,” Ms Hall said.

“She was her usual smiling, laughing and happy jovial self, she loves her netball and can’t wait to get back into it, and she came because she just wanted to thank the club for all the support.

“We’re in constant contact with her and we’ve already told her she’s stuck with us, and when she’s feeling well enough she’s coming back.

“She’s very positive that once all the treatment and everything’s done and dusted, that she’ll get back to netball.”

Ms Hall said Geelong-based Bec was eager to raise awareness for people to undergo regular health checks after learning of her cancer setback in February.

“She noticed symptoms last year including headaches, dizziness and double vision, and her eye didn’t look quite right,” she said.

“She was sent off for further investigations and they diagnosed her with a form of lymphoma.

“She’s a very private person and doesn’t like too much fuss so she did a big generic Facebook message and really encouraged people to go on get their eyes tested.

“As a result of that hundreds of people commented and did likes and they made optometrist appointments, and she was thrilled to bits with that.”

Visit https://www.lymphoma.org.au/donations to help search for a cure for lymphoma and provide support to its cancer patients.

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