Rheinhardt Family Assistance Fund

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Rheinhardt Family Assistance Fund

At the age of 19, Megan had Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma with chemotherapy and radiation treatment to her chest. This chest radiation has placed her at high risk for breast cancer and since the age of 30 she have been undergoing surveillance in the form of MRI and Mammograms.

This past September during her MRI screening a small mass was noted and a biopsy was performed, thankfully it was benign. A couple of weeks ago during her routine mammogram another area was noted and was biopsied. This time around it was not benign and showed atypical cells that need action taken. With her history, high risk status and 2 biopsies over the past 4 months developing breast cancer has now become a matter of “when” and not “if”. Therefore on the recommendation of 4 providers she will be having a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction at Beth Israel Hospital on February 29th. She will have a week’s hospital stay as well as a substantial recovery period.

Megan’s Update March 11, 2016:

Since my surgery on the 29th that we were having as preventative surgery for Breast Cancer due to the atypical cells that were found we fortunately and unfortunately found out that I not only had atypical cells but I indeed did have invasive carcinoma and a ductal carcinoma that were not seen during my imaging.

So while I am so thankful I followed my intuition to have this surgery and Had the cancer removed I now do have a breast cancer diagnosis I need to treat.

I will be seeing an oncologist on the 24th and will determine next steps for a treatment plan.

I look forward to when I can wear my double survivorship badge and say I survived Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Breast Cancer!