I'm Afraid It's Cancer

by Megan Bassett

“I’m afraid it’s cancer” were the words that turned my life upside down. On the 20th June 2018 I was diagnosed with stage 4B Hodgkin’s lymphoma after having two big lumps come up on my neck and months of pure exhaustion. When I first found out I was so scared and felt like screaming “why me … why now?!” I am only 26 I have my whole life ahead of me this shouldn’t be happening! But then my mind focused on my little girl Marnie who has just recently turned two. I have to stay strong for her, since then that has what has got me through.

I am now nearly on my 8th round of chemotherapy which I have to have once every two weeks. I will be having 12 rounds altogether. Chemotherapy has been so tough and sometimes there has been days were I don’t want to get out of bed but I do everyday for my little girl. My partner works long hours so it’s often just me and Marnie at home with help from my lovely Mum. I try and manage to get out with my daughter at least once a day to the park or for a long walk, if it wasn’t for her I don’t think I would have the motivation to stay active durning my treatment.

Losing all my hair has been very tough for me. Since I was an early teenager my beautiful long hair has always been my confidence. The first step I took was getting my hair cut short I then donated my long locks to a charity called the little princess trust who create wigs for children with cancer. It felt good turning my negative situation into a positive outcome for someone else who is suffering through a similar experience. Whilst on a family holiday to Center Parcs most of my hair suddenly decided to fall out in the space of two days! My hair was everywhere! This was an extremely low point in my life, not only was I feeling like complete rubbish from the side effects of chemo but I had lost all my hair at once! It all just hit me and I broke down. Later that day something magical happened, my partner Dean proposed to me! I couldn’t believe it all my worries from the day had been forgotten. He makes me feel like the most beautiful girl in the world hair or no hair. Dean has been my rock and has also given me so much strength through this hard time. The timing of his proposal couldn’t have been better!

When we got home from our holiday dean shaved the rest of my hair off and it actually made me feel a bit better. Getting used to my shaven head was very difficult. I no longer recognised the person staring back at me, I just saw the image of a cancer victim which at first was very hard to come to terms with but with each day that has gone by I am getting stronger. Dean tells me everyday how beautiful I am and Marnie loves my shaven head, she is forever kissing it. Even when I try and put a hat or a turban on she wants to pull it off all the time like she is telling me don’t worry mummy you don’t need to cover your head. She brings out my inner strength when it comes to my self confidence at the moment, she is just amazing!!

Having cancer has definitely taught me how precious life is, I appreciate my life so much more now and I cherish every single moment. I love the saying “we all have two lives. The second one starts when we realise we only have one”.

Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hi I’m Megan, I am 26 years old fiancé and mummy to my little girl Marnie who is two years old. I am currently fighting stage 4B Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? 
The best advice I have ever received was from my mum saying that ‘I have the power to take responsibility for my own health and well-being.’ The doctors have helped me get rid of the cancer but it’s so much more than that, it’s up to me to insure that my cancer doesn’t come back. So I have turned my health around and I will give my body the best nutrition, regular exercise and meditation.

What would you say to 16 year old you? 
I could try and talk to my 16 year old self but I don’t think my 16 year old self would listen to me but if she did listen to me then I would say … Live life to your fullest and worry less, you only have one life so make sure you look after your health and body in order to achieve this. Overdose on nutrition and hold back on the things you know aren’t good for you. Appreciate your life and don’t take your health for granted.

What do you love most about yourself? 
I love that I know I am a good mother to my daughter Marnie and that makes me very happy and proud.

What message do you think every woman should hear? 
Take time out for yourself. I.e take up a yoga class, relaxation, go for a jog or a walk, go for a massage or get your nails done. I for one didn’t take enough time for myself. We as woman are so busy caring and worrying about others we forget to look after ourselves! I personally was holding down two jobs, caring for my young child, keeping the house clean and tidy and making sure meals were cooked. Ignoring underlying health issues of mine such as being tired all the time. I believe this contributed to my cancer diagnosis.

What motivates you most? 
I am a creative person and I like to share my creativity with others be it through social media, through cooking or activities with children. I love that my insta page and blog has helped others and it motivates me to do more! My daughter is also my biggest motivation.

What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
Eat nutrient rich foods, get outside as much as possible to get my body moving. Worry less about the things I can’t control and concentrate on new things and ideas to help me and inspire others. I also now take time out of my day to do some deep breathing and meditation practice.

What is something on your bucket list?
I would love to travel the world taking some amazing holidays and making lots of memories with my family. Having more children in the future is also on my bucket list!!

What is your greatest fear? 
My greatest fear is my cancer returning so I am turning my greatest fear into my biggest motivation which is looking after myself and taking care of my body.

What is your favorite meal?
At the moment I am loving making homemade soups packed with lots of healthy vegetables – adding a side of toasted sour dough bread to dip in is so lovely!

More About Megan

Megan Bassett is an online shopper and also a part time Nanny but is currently on sick leave as she is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She is recently engaged to her partner Dean and they both have a little two year old girl named Marnie. 
Megan lives in a small town near Bristol.

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