My name is Megan. I work in Plant 3 at Arconic Industries, and I am a 35-year-old wife and mother to 2 children.
I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma on September 14, 2018. The doctors considered me a stage 2B and scheduled me almost immediately for removal to prevent the chance of it spreading.
Until I had a routine physical, I was clear of cancer for 6 months. The doctor proceeded to find a spot on my lung and with further testing proved that the melanoma was back–this time with a vengeance. My cancer has since spread. Not only to my lung but also to my breast, ovary, and abdomen. I now have a new stage: stage 4.
I am now undergoing treatment for my cancer which will continue for the next year or so; if I have no major side effects. So far, my side effects have been minimal and hopefully, it stays that way.
I am a fighter and do not plan on giving up easily. I also have a large support group starting with my union family (my Arconic employees), family, and friends that have shown so much support. My union family has even started a fundraiser by making an awesome T-shirt with “Rosie the Riveter (Megan) Strong” on it to help with my medical expenses. I cannot thank everyone enough for all your support on this fundraiser. All of you are truly a blessing, and I will continue to fight not only for me but for all of you as well.
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.