Meaghan was only 32 when she found a lump in her breast. She didn’t think there was any chance it could be cancer. There was no history of breast cancer in her family, and she was an active and healthy young woman. Besides, she had just gotten married and was doing meaningful work that she loved. She didn’t have time for cancer.
When the biopsy results came in, Meaghan’s worst fears were confirmed: she had breast cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes and the center of her chest. In addition to sadness and shock, Meaghan felt guilty about her cancer, particularly around her husband. She told him that it wasn’t what he had signed up for. His response: “This isn’t what you signed up for either.”
In November 2013, after months of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, Meaghan had a PET scan, or imaging test, which showed no evidence of cancer. While this was welcome news, Meaghan’s treatment doesn’t stop. She will be on the hormone therapy for another 2 years and the estrogen blocker Tamoxifen for 9 to 14 years.
Today, Meaghan is an outspoken advocate for breast cancer awareness and prevention. Meaghan served on the BAYS board of directors as President. Meaghan also serves on the advisory board and is featured in the public awareness campaign for Help Each Other Out an empathy- and community-building non-profit.
To read Meaghan’s profile in the Breast Cancer Fund blog, click here.