Throughout Megan’s terrifying experience, her family were there to make life easier even during her darkest moments.
“My sisters and I made up a song to the tune of “We’re Walking in the Air”, but the lyrics were “I’m losing all my hair”, she told The Independent, giggling.
Megan’s bright, warm attitude is impressive in light of her experiences. While dealing with a life-threatening illness she also had to face the death of the friends she shared her ward with. She said her new book is a way of remembering those she lost.
When her friend Amy died, she launched a campaign to give young patients the choice to eat what they wanted whenever they wanted. Those on the children’s ward at University College London can now choose their meals from a big vending machine stocked with ready meals from Tesco. When your whole life becomes controlled by wires, doctors and drugs, food becomes the only freedom, and Megan wanted her fellow patients to have that.
Megan’s book is a compilation of all the tips she picked up from parents, nurses and fellow patients on the ward. It includes a lot of information about food and recipes – unsurprising in light of the fact that malnutrition is responsible for 20-40% of deaths in cancer (because it reduces the effectiveness of cancer drugs).
Her time in hospital was scary and traumatic, but Megan insists she looks back on her time with fondness. She remembers laughing a lot.
Megan’s book is called ‘Chemotherapy, Cakes and Cancer’.
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