The average age a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer is 61. But too often we hear about younger women stricken with this terrible disease.
Meet Megan Danks
A mother of two... Who learned in her early 30's... Her life would forever change. Megan and Joe Danks named their daughters Faith and Ashley Grace. Names chosen just in case they need a reminder of how to overcome life's adversities.
In March 2011, when Megan was just 32 years old, she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. "It was very emotional and very much a whirlwind and when I was told I was going to have to go through chemo,” Megan said. "it wears on you because when you care about somebody so much and you don't really know the outcome of what's going to happen that could be difficult to deal with."
The Danks' didn't wait for chemo to capture Megan's blond locks. They hosted a hair-cut party where everyone snipped off a piece of Megan's do. Her hair ended up shaved into a Mohawk.
"I didn't even cry that night, it was really fun. But the five months of chemo got very taxing at the end, it just got harder and harder."
Her body battled chemo, a lumpectomy and radiation. Nine months of treatment that also caused weight gain. Megan calls it a pregnancy gone bad.
"That was really hard to be with no hair and 35 pounds overweight, that was really tough for me. It was really good for my girls to just see where true beauty lies. There's no way I could have gotten through had i not just trusted god was still in control, even though it didn't feel like it or seem like it, he totally was in control and that made every difference."
Megan is now 35... And is going through menopause... Which is caused by chemo. She really wants to stress if you find a lump... And you're young and healthy.... Take it seriously. Even if, like her... You have no family history of breast cancer. It took some convincing initially from her family to get it checked out. Of course now she's very relieved she did.