My name is Megan-Claire Chase, and welcome to my blog.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer (stage II A invasive lobular) on 9/14/15 at the age of 39. You can bet I never expected to get this type of cancer. I have spent the past three years fighting this cancer battle all while single and working full-time. I had 16 rounds of chemo (4 AC and 12 Taxol), six surgeries and 33 radiation treatments. By the end of my active treatment, I was using a cane, not able to drive, could barely walk and beautifully bald. I was officially declared NED (no evidence of disease) on 10/25/16. I refuse to say “cancer free” or “remission” because that just sounds so temporary.
I am now 43, still NED, single and have my adorable and precious baby (a ginger cat) Nathan (Natey) Edgar by my side as I struggle to navigate this “new life.” Thanks to my many cancer treatments and surgeries, I am unable to have children and in medically induced menopause in February 2017. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in October 2018. Chronic pain is difficult to tolerate with no real relief. My body feels 543 years old.
You can also find my blog on Cancer Health Magazine’s website at https://www.cancerhealth.com/blogs
WATC TV Channel 57 – interviewed for October 2019 breast cancer awareness segment for young adult cancer survivors.
Brain Cancer Diaries – interviewed for an episode during October 2019 for breast cancer awareness on YouTube.
Presented with Francesca Music from Elon University our abstract titled, “You don’t really have a say in anything…like you don’t have any options”: AYA Cancer Survivors’ Perspectives on Fertility Preservation Conversations with Healthcare Providers at the 16th Annual American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) in Atlanta, GA in February 2019.
Francesca and I were also accepted for a Poster Symposia II: Sexual and Reproductive Health oral presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine in Washington, DC March 2019.
Our abstract is published in the medical journal Psycho-Oncology. Here’s the citation:
Music, F., Chase, M. & Fair, C. (2019). “You don’t really have a say in anything….like you don’t have any options”: AYA perspectives on fertility
preservation conversations with healthcare providers. Psycho-Oncology, 28 S1, 17. doi: 10.1002/pon.4986
Story Mistress for Paint Day and Speaker of Survivor Stories for Best Strokes: Hadassah Bares All for ART with Hadassah Greater Atlanta March 2019.
Model for Best Strokes! Hadassah Bares All March 2018.
Lacuna Loft board member for Young Adult Cancer Survivors 2018-Present.
Published on CancerBro.com, Chronic Love Club, Humor Beats Cancer, IHadCancer.com, Lacuna Loft, LoveHope.co, RETHINK Cancer, and WILDFIRE magazine.
Nominated for a Mystery Blogger Award 2019.
Voted as runner up in IHadCancer.com’s 2017 Best Blog contest in the Survivor category.