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More Than Pink – Megan Kenyon
Megan Kenyon was diagnosed with breast cancer six days before her 29th birthday. She is now living with metastatic disease at the age of 33, meaning her cancer can be treated but will never be cured.
“Although cancer was not new to me (my mom passed away from breast cancer in 1995, my dad is a kidney cancer survivor and my uncle passed away from throat cancer in 2008), I never thought I would be diagnosed in my 20s,” Megan said.
She remembers being in the best physical shape of her life at the time of her diagnosis, having just placed 97th out of 425 people at the Fishers Sprint Triathlon. She had also recently started an MBA program at Butler University and enjoyed traveling and dating in her spare time. Needless to say, it came as a complete shock when she heard the doctor say, ‘you have breast cancer.’
Megan started treatment almost immediately. After three rounds of drugs, the cancer was 90 percent gone. She now receives routine or maintenance treatments because her cancer will never go away, but can become dormant.
She continues to work in the medical sales field, travel the world, run road races, compete in sprint triathlons, and is planning her upcoming wedding.
Megan has participated in the Central Indiana Race for the Cure for seven years as an individual, raising awareness about the importance of early detection and the realities of living with metastatic breast cancer.
“I want to show young women and men that this can happen to them, but that it’s also possible to come out of this experience and be okay,” she said. “It’s so important to be an advocate for yourself. Know your body and speak up if you think something’s wrong.”
Megan has also been involved with Komen Central Indiana beyond the Race for several years. She was an Ambassador in 2015 and a Project Pink model in 2014, with the goal of educating women of all ages about the importance of knowing your body and your personal risk.
“My experience with cancer has taught me how strong I am and how blessed I am to have such a wonderful family and group of friends here in Indianapolis and around the world,” said Megan.
As a young woman living with breast cancer, Megan’s takeaway messages are particularly poignant and important, whether you have cancer or not:
- “Cancer doesn’t discriminate. You don’t just get cancer when you are “old.” Take your health seriously, know your body and ask questions to your doctors. If you notice something unusual, bring it up to your doctor and be persistent. You are in charge of your health!”
- “Never ever think you are your disease…this just happened. You can and will rise above it. Cancer is just as much a mental disease as it is a physical disease. Choose to be present, be aware, and be at peace. Allow yourself go through all the emotions.
- “Cancer is not a death sentence. New treatments are coming out all the time. Research is being done every day leading us closer to the cures.”
Megan Kenyon is one example of an everyday hero who is making a difference in the fight against breast cancer in ways big and small. Join Megan in being More Than Pink by getting involved with the Race.