If you close your eyes and imagine what summer vacation would be like for a college freshman, the image would likely be a collage of new experiences and exciting memories with friends – fun in the sun, without worries or worries. This precious period of life was wildly different for ‘Anne with an E’ star Miranda McKeon, 20, and she shares it breast cancer history and advice with Eat this, not that! for breast cancer awareness month.
You may be surprised to learn that, according to statisticsonly about 10% of those who have a breast cancer diagnosis have a family history of the disease. Moreover, the American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 287,850 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2022, and that there is a 13% chance that a woman will contract breast cancer in her lifetime. Self-checks are crucial for your overall health and well-being; early detection is essential.
Miranda McKeon, University of Southern California student and formerly Josie Pye of Netflix’s “Anne with an E,” shares the life-changing moment when she felt a lump in one of her breasts. She recalled, “I had just returned home to New Jersey for the summer after my freshman year of college when I discovered a lump in my right breast. I was 19 at the time and I felt it. quickly reported to my GP. I had a gut instinct that something was wrong.”
The next shocking and clearly unexpected period in the life of McKeon and his family was filled with panic, tests, decisions, treatments, surgery and much more. It all started with a phone call, as McKeon told us, “I had just flown out to San Francisco and when I landed, I turned on my phone to find my doctor’s missed calls/texts. I called her back still taxing the plane when she told me my biopsy was positive for cancer cells I immediately felt a wave of shock and fear and called my parents on the phone. She was on a plane just two hours later to return home to New Jersey and was greeted at the airport by her family, tons of love and support, and her favorite local Thai food. .
McKeon had stage 3 breast cancer. The seemingly endless roller coaster ride began with freezing her eggs, followed by eight rounds of ACT chemotherapy over a four-month period. Then, for McKeon, there was a double mastectomy and 25 cycles of proton radiation. Of all the devastating, painful, scary and disappointing times McKeon endured after her diagnosis, the hardest to come to terms with, especially at such a young age for her, was losing her hair.
She reveals, “Looking in the mirror and standing in front of someone I didn’t recognize was really hard. I had to do a lot of work to redefine the way I think about myself, eliminating the physical appearance as a factor. I think we don’t realize how many connections are made between our physical attributes and our relationship to ourselves until the physical component is threatened. I’ve seen my appearance change so many times over the past year sometimes i forget what i actually look like – and then i remember it really doesn’t matter when i think of the people i love most in life i would never mention their hair, their nose, or their pants size as the reason I love them. Ever. comes to mind. I love them for their heart, their light and their energy – the intangible things.
The right update? Miranda McKeon is now back at USC and plans to study abroad next semester in Rome! She tells us: “I am now in remission but I am on medication for another two, five and ten years.
This sophomore in college continues to write, audition and spread positivity on social media. Throughout October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, she says, “I posted one video a day on my TikTok talking about different aspects of my experience over the past year. Together, navigating life in remission has been difficult, but I’m so grateful to be where I am in the recovery process and navigating how to integrate this experience into my story.”
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but every day should be considered breast care. McKeon has plenty of helpful tips for everyone’s self-care, as well as advice for those starting their own spooky journey.
“Perform regular breast self-exams and get to know your body. It’s so, so important. And if something goes wrong, stand up for yourself and make sure your voice is heard. No one knows your body better than you,” she says. , adding, “For anyone starting a journey with cancer, or something really unknown, give yourself the grace. There will be ups and downs, and you never know what to expect. The best thing you can do is try to be easy on yourself and hold hands as you go through this process.”
McKeon’s energetic and positive attitude is truly motivating and inspiring. She maintains other habits to regularly nourish her body and mind.
“My journaling practice is huge for me. I also notice a massive correlation between movement and mental health for me,” she tells us, adding, “When I move my body in a way that makes me feel strong and empowered, I’m always happier. And friends. Good friends and good people mean everything to me. My people are my medicine. Like everything, the ebbs and flows of self-care. I wish more people would understand that self-care doesn’t have to be 24/7 and perfectly consistent to be beneficial.”
Alexa is the associate editor of Eat This, Not That!’s Mind + Body, overseeing the M+B channel and delivering compelling stories about fitness, wellness and self-care to readers. Learn more about Alexa