On January 27, 2017 I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma Stage 2A with bulk. I was a freshman at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, a competitive Irish Dancer, swimmer for my summer team and for the Stone Ridge Gators, a violinist and had just tried out for and secured a spot in the Georgetown Prep play. Now I had cancer.
From February 2017- June 2017, I endured four 21-day cycles of chemotherapy and 14 days of radiation, had a complete response and was declared to be in remission in June of 2017. I spent the summer of 2017 recovering from the effects of radiation and chemotherapy, started swimming again and was looking forward to my sophomore year at Stone Ridge. I was excited about the study abroad I would be going on in October to Scotland, trying out for the Georgetown Prep play and starting to Irish Dance again.
October of 2017 follow up PET scans revealed that I had relapsed, cancer had returned: Stage 2 Hodgkins Lymphoma near my left armpit and collarbone.
I was able to enter a pediatric trial at Johns Hopkins that included four 21-day cycles of Immunotherapy with highly targeted chemotherapy to get me back into remission. I then was admitted for an in-patient stay for High Dose Chemotherapy (HDCT), and an autologous Stem Cell Transplant in February 2018. After four weeks I was stable enough to be released from the hospital and my mom and dad and I moved into a furnished apartment in Baltimore for almost 100 days to be just minutes away for any planned or unplanned visits to Johns Hopkins, a requirement for any pediatric patient having a bone marrow transplant. I missed most of my sophomore year at school, lost my hair again, and was pretty much in isolation for those 100 days since I was immunocompromised. I received 14 more cycles of targeted chemotherapy post transplant, and on February 13, 2019 my CT scans revealed I was still in remission one year post transplant. I have completed active treatment (as of January 2, 2019) and am now dealing with late term effects of all the treatment I have received.
I am now a Junior at Stone Ridge and have enjoyed, for the first time ever in high school, being in school for February! I am currently in rehearsals for the upcoming production of Grease at Gonzaga College High School, starting to think about College and preparing to take the SAT and ACT in June. I am proud to be this year’s Face of the Race in Bethesda for JUST TRYAN IT!
(In 2012, Meaghan raced in our Bethesda triathlon.)