The Dota 2 community gave an outpour of support upon learning Jorien “Sheever” van der Heijden, a popular caster and host, had been diagnosed with cancer. Those fans can follow along with Sheever’s journey, as she has chronicled her fight with the disease through a personal blog.
Sheever is widely known in the Dota 2 world. She’s been a caster.host or analyst for many of the Dota 2 Majors and The International. She was diagnosed with breast cancer May 3 and has since launched a blog to document her fight with the disease. She started chemotherapy two weeks later and wrote she will undergo two treatments of chemo. The first will be four sessions, three weeks apart. The second will be 12 weekly sessions.
She wrote that she used a cold cap, which has given her a 33 percent chance of keeping her hair throughout treatment.
“The treatment plan I have chosen is well considered,” she wrote. “I know why I do what I do. I know why each step is taken and have discussed this with my oncologist. Every question I have gets answered to my satisfaction. I trust in my oncologist and in the treatment plan laid out.”
Ever since she has gone public with her diagnoses and recovery through her stream on May 14, Sheever has received a large amount of support from her fans and the Dota 2 community. Apart from a large number of supportive messages to Sheever directly, the admins of the Dota 2 subreddit made it so that whenever her name is mentioned in text, the border around the flairs would turn pink, to show their solidarity with her.
Sheever’s blog has been an in-depth way to keep up with her progress. It’s unclear when she started it, but the most recent log is from June 8. The site also includes bars at the top that mark how many chemotherapy sessions she’s endured and the percent of her treatment that has happened. She also included multiple photos of her various stages.
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