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The spa therapist, from Crosby, learned she had stage three bowel cancer a week after her 30th birthday.
Reflecting on her symptoms, Megan said: “I thought maybe I’m getting a bit gluten intolerant.
“I was getting really bloated and had a sore stomach. It was all very subtle, it was probably going on for six months.”
Megan shared: “I was fatigued but I thought maybe that was down to 16-hour days [at work] and leading a busy life. It wasn’t consistent, that’s why I put it off.”
After booking an appointment with her doctor, Megan was given a blood test that came back all clear.
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Yet, further tests last October revealed Megan had stage three bowel cancer – the same disease that killed her father.
“I remember feeling a bit numb,” she told Liverpool Echo. “I lost my dad when I was 19 to cancer and I just remember feeling like this isn’t going to take me.”
Megan added: “My mum broke down, I just felt like I needed to be strong for her. You can get yourself really low but you need to pick yourself back up.
“I just kept going to the gym, I wasn’t letting anything stop me. I thought, ‘Cancer is not going to rule my world the way it did when I lost my dad.'”
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Megan was referred to radiotherapy and chemotherapy at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Liverpool for seven weeks.
While medics told Megan she would need surgery, Megan wanted to help herself as much as possible.
“I did lots of plant medicines, I fuelled myself with healthy stuff, I did lots of natural remedies,” Megan revealed.
Asking for an early scan, medics agreed to give Megan “peace of mind” as she wanted to know if what she was doing was helping alongside her treatment.
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“They rang me seven weeks after the scan, the doctor goes, ‘Megan it’s excellent news.’
“He said the doctors are struggling to find the tumour on the scan. He said, ‘What have you been doing?’
“‘Whatever you’ve been doing is working. Let’s get you back in for another scan.'”
Megan added: “[The doctor] said, ‘Listen, it’s not the gold standard but you don’t need an operation. You can just get away with a tiny bit of tropic therapy.’
“They said what you’ve done is amazing. I just completely avoided the invasive surgery they were going to give me.”
Megan is now undergoing a specific type of radiotherapy that targets any remaining cells that could potentially be cancerous.
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