My name is Megan-Claire Chase (Warrior Megsie), 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 22 months in active treatment all while single and working full-time. I had 16 rounds of chemo (4 AC and 12 Taxol), eight 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 and osteoarthritis in October 2018. Chronic pain is difficult to tolerate with no real relief. As of December 2019, two lesions have been found on my spine which are fortunately benign. I have a bulging disc with a slight tear near the nerve in my L4 and L5 lumbar spine. More treatment in 2020 with 1-2 spinal epidural injects and PT to get my back strong again and reduce pain.
My body feels 543 years old.
***Featured in an article in The New York Times on 4/3/20 about being laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic*** https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/03/business/economy/coronavirus-jobs-report.html?searchResultPosition=1&fbclid=IwAR2s9RS0jeSFKp2nuy6qUnX_WZXMWjLAe4L2C5Os2CUCe__d-QgIhL-lXEU
Check out my Cancer Accomplishments below:
Brain Cancer Diaries – Lemonade episode in February 2020. This episode gives insight into life in the cancer world and the emotional darkness and physical struggles many of us continue to face. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=__GHM3L3G7I&feature=emb_title
Dating roo – I was interviewed for an article on cancer and dating in the UK in January 2020 at https://datingroo.co.uk/dating-and-cancer/
My blog has been syndicated on Cancer Health Magazine’s website June 2019 – Present at https://www.cancerhealth.com/blogger/megan-claire-chase
SHARE Cancer Support article on five things I’ve learned since my breast cancer diagnosis at https://www.sharecancersupport.org/2019/12/what-i-learned-about-breast-cancer-megan-claire-chase/
VoyageATL – It is my first non-cancer publication to publish my cancer story in 2019 at http://voyageatl.com/interview/meet-megan-claire-chase-life-cancer-train-dunwoody/
Also, you can find it in the Inspiring Stories series at the top of the homepage as part of the Sandy Springs collection.
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 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9XVczRHe8U&feature=youtu.be
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.
Nominated for a Mystery Blogger Award 2019.
Voted as runner up in IHadCancer.com’s 2017 Best Blog contest in the Survivor category.