Megan, who is based in Maryland, says she was weaning her son from breastfeeding when she noticed a lump on her breast.
“I had never done any of those self-exams, the monthly recommended exams because I have very dense tissue and I would think I was finding something,” she tells ABC News.
After a series of tests, Megan was diagnosed with stage two, triple negative breast cancer. This means the common receptors that fuel cancer growth, such as oestrogen, progesterone and HER-2/neu gene, are not present in the tumor.
And while this type of cancer can be aggressive, it also responds well to chemotherapy.
“It is still terrifying to have breast cancer, no matter what stage it is,” says Megan.
“It was a relief when pathology results came back and said it was stage two.”
In 2016, Megan’s sister had been diagnosed with breast cancer but before then nobody in her family had a history of cancer.
Megan started chemotherapy in June and is undergoing a 20 week program before having a bilateral mastectomy. She currently has four weeks left of chemo to go.
“I am evidence that cancer does not discriminate and it is possible to get breast cancer without family history and regardless of your age,” she tells The Healthy Mummy.
“I am doing well, 4 weeks of chemo left! I am doing well and happy to be in the home stretch of the chemo portion of my treatment.”