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I’m 27 years old and I grew up in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. I work as Director of Marketing and Communications for a private high school.

My Experience With Melanoma

My first experience with melanoma was when I was diagnosed! The first year after my diagnosis was extremely difficult both physically and emotionally. Seven years later I think I’ve changed a negative experience into a positive one by starting Surviving Skin and helping to spread awareness about this deadly disease.

Since the Diagnosis

I learned that I can overcome ANYTHING! My family is my life and without them I would not have made it through my diagnosis.

Advice I’d Give

Stop thinking it’s “JUST skin cancer.” It’s a very serious disease that can spread quickly if you don’t pay attention. Know your skin and be your own health advocate!

My Thanks

Thank you to my family for sticking with me and continuing to be so supportive. And a big thank you to all the college and high school campuses out there that have brought skin cancer awareness to their schools. Keep up the good work!

10 Responses

  1. Dale

    Meghan, I loved your straight-forward, matter-of-fact delivery.

    I just passed my 5-year survival anniversary and am thrilled to see this great new PSA.

    May 7, 2011 at 01:50

  2. Banhammer

    Meghan, you are one hot lady!

    May 8, 2011 at 17:13

  3. Ann

    I just passed my eight year anniverary! The video is great. It reminded me how lucky I am too still be here. In three weeks I will see my daughter graduate high school!!!!!!

    May 16, 2011 at 07:23

  4. Soxi

    Hi Megan!
    I was diagnosed at age 24 with malignant melanoma and I too went through emotional and physical difficulty. In fact, for a long time I would write notes to my family because of my fear, and then every morning I would tear up the note, thankful that I woke up! I had not even heard of the disease when I was diagnosed! I am now 51!!
    After being introduced to the video, I would like to find a way of getting involved somehow with helping to spread awareness of the awful disease.
    Megan, you are awesome!!!

    May 21, 2011 at 12:32

  5. blanca

    he visto el vidio y siempre que veo vidios asi me lo tomo muy enserio, y me gustaria saber como revisar mi piel, porque y pienso; que por mucho que me mire ,veo pecas o lunaes pero nose si eso puede originar o esta originando un melanoma, tengo 14 años, pocos, pero me preocupo mucho por las enfermedades y en cuanto veo algo raro en mi piel ya pienso q es un melanoma aunq no lo sea y si se lo digo a mi madre me dice que no es nada pero me sigo preocupando.

    June 13, 2011 at 13:43

  6. liz

    thank you meghan, your words have been heard.

    December 7, 2011 at 05:25

  7. Elle

    Hi Meghan, I came across your video when one of my friends posted it on facebook. I am 20 and I only wish that I could’ve seen it when I was younger. It is truly eye opening and I have reposted it in hopes that it will be spread so as many people as possible can hear the message of Malignant Melanoma.

    December 13, 2011 at 05:26

  8. Paige

    Im 16 years old and your video has touched my life. I will never forget to put on my sunscreen this summer because I now know i am at a greater risk because I have had 2 serious burn. I will be checking my skin tonight to make sure that I have no irregular moles. So Thank you.

    December 28, 2011 at 17:52

  9. David

    Hello Meghan,

    I am very glad to hear you are past the 5-year mark. It is a wonderful feeling. However, don’t ever let your guard down.

    I was first diagnosed in 1983 and was told it could go either way. Well, I got through 5 years with no other occurrence and like you, was quite relieved. Fast forward to 2004. I was scratching under my arm and noticed a lump. I remembered that the doctors in 1983 said that if it came back that is where it would show up. To make a long story short,it had returned and was in a lymph node, 21 years later. I went through surgery and BioChemo therapy (that was rough). It has now been 8 years since the cancer returned, and again, statistically, everything looks good.

    I must say, however, that I will continue to be vigilent in monitoring my health. I still get CT scans and checkups annually and remain under the care of one of the finest oncologists (Dr. Steven O’Day) in the nation.

    Again, I am very glad to hear you are doing well and thank you for participating in the video.

    December 14, 2012 at 19:31

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