(FOX NEWS) - In the five and a half years she’s undergone chemotherapy, 19-year-old Kyla Pokorny has dealt with all the classic side effects, from nausea to lost hair. But with that experience comes a wealth of knowledge, like which caps will best keep her head warm without being itchy, which creams and sprays are the most soothing for wounded skin, and which heating pads are the safest.
To help other young patients like herself, Pokorny is raising money to build what she calls “chemo survival kits”— specialized goodie bags of sorts that she hopes will help make cancer patients’ fights more comfortable.
“I hope they can be super helpful— as helpful as all the stuff was for me,” Pokorny, of Enfield, Connecticut, told FoxNews.com.
Pokorny had been attending the University of Connecticut at Storrs to study nursing, but she left school only a month into her freshman year when her cancer returned for a third time, spreading to multiple places in her body. She was first diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma at 14 and underwent surgery and chemotherapy. Throughout her battle, she has taken 15 different chemotherapy drugs and completed countless rounds of radiation, but the cancer has come back repeatedly. In the past year, the cancer has spread to nearly every bone in her body. Ewing sarcoma is an aggressive bone cancer that primarily affects children.
“You learn to kind of live with a new normal of how you feel every day, but you’re always sick and tired,” Pokorny said.
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