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Journal entry by Meghan McGinnis

Well giving up cancer for lent didn’t work lol instead I received and UTI and a hospital visit. This past well I had been experiencing some bad leg pain but just assumed it was from the tumor and swelling in my leg. Not the case 👎🏽 Awoke Thursday morning to a small fever of 100.1 nothing big but we watched it. One hour later we were making a dash for the car as it spikes to 101.4. Being that we are in a pandemic crisis I feared the worst and so frantically called my mother and told her not to worry I had a fever but I was okay to which she immediately started crying as did I. So there we sat, two crying ladies via Zoom. After a very tearful goodbye and I love you I complied to packing and off to Duke we went. 


Normally you drop off a patient and are allowed to come back after you park. Not the case anymore. We were met at the car window by a nurse in full gear asking what brought us in and was told joe has to drop me off and then leave to wait to see if he could stay. Once in triage I was alarmed to see my fever had risen to 102.4 and next thing you know I’m being poked with needles swabbed in the nose throat all while trying to not hyperventilate in a mask. Then the worst part came.. just as they were about to insert a second IV I was told I had a visitor and he was not allowed to stay and I just lost it. All I could do was give him a message via nurse so I said tell him I’ll see him soon and off she went. After some big crocodile tears I was wheeled into a room where I would spend the next 11 hours waiting. Fast forward got a CT, chest X-ray and another nose swab for COVID 19 and after being very patient the news was finally delivered. Infection with a right kidney that is not functioning properly and causing massive urine back up. Immediately the big words started being thrown at me and I tried to listen because then I heard “surgery”. Thankfully emergency surgery was not needed and I did not have to make the choice in which procedure was needed. The urologist was able to rule out and move forward with the best option which is a percutaneous nephrostomy which means one side drains into a catheter tube and I also urinate normally. Thankfully I’ll only have to have this bag 3-4 weeks and then buh bye! I underwent the small procedure around 7:30 this morning and am resting comfortably with some apple juice and toast. Which doesn’t seem like much but when you’ve only have half a ham sandwich since 1pm yesterday it’s a feast! Should be going home in 1-2 days so prayers for a speedy recovery and quick discharge. 


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Journal entry by Meghan McGinnis

It’s official. I am giving up cancer for lent. It’s going to happen. I have less than 40 days so I better get started.

We traveled to Duke today, leaving bright and early me and Brittany hit the road and met mom around 9:30 to get the day started. I got to lay eyes on Harold’s spawn today and man it was one ugly sight. Unfortunately it had progressed to a tumor 4cm x 4cm and pressing on my kidney which in turn is causing it not to work properly and why the lymphedema and other swelling we thought we had tackled 3 weeks ago have come back. Also we took me off the Xeloda pill and have switched me back to the takehome pump   chemo that I will have for 40 hours to see how I tolerate the liquid chemo. Nausea and zero appetite were not what my doctor wanted to hear so he thinks this will be much easier on me. He also remains confident thought we can get ahead of this and be able to maintain a somewhat healthy life!

Short and quick update but after a 11 hour day the bed is calling ❤️

Journal entry by Meghan McGinnis

Today’s visit started positive and then took a turn to negative. Swelling in my leg that was initially thought to be fluid in my leg was not. Instead after waiting all day for my scan results since the imaging system decided to go down we were met with bad news. Multiple cancerous lymph-nodes on both sides of my pelvis. Immediately tears came to my eyes as I began to realize what he was saying to me. We had somewhat prepared for this but we were hoping to be wrong. Due to the aggressiveness  and my pelvis looking like Swiss cheese with all the cancerous nodules they believe chemo is our best and only option as this point. The hope is beat the cancer from spreading and contain to pelvis and eventually shrink to a more manageable size but it’s a race against time and my body to keep the cancer contained. Please please friends pray for strength and healing as this will be another trying battle as Harold’s spawn have decided to declare war. The score is cancer 1- meg 1 but I’m working to push it in my favor. I might have lost
one battle but I will win the war ❤️

Journal entry by Meghan McGinnis

Happy weekend friends and family. Still wishing all this rain would turn to snow but I am loving this warm temps and sunshine!

Traveled to Duke with “the team” aka mom and joe yesterday to do my 3 week check in and was met with no good news and no bad news. Pretty much my levels have increased but flatlined so long story short I went from 5.4 to 6.1 and holding steady thanks to the Xeloda which is working against the cancer to block it. Downside since I still have some sort of infection and fevers going on with my body so I was unable to get my chemo infusion this week. Big thanks to all the sick venture out into the world hacking up lungs and sneezing 😡 

Next step is head back February 7th for hopefully an infusion of good ol Oxilaplatin yay! Not. So not looking forward to neuropathy again and if it gets too bad, I have to stop and go to iranitican or however you spell it which makes my hair fall out. Stupid cancer. 



March 28th friends mark your calendars we are doing the colon cancer walk in Charlotte and would love for any and all to come walk with us. I am walking to celebrate my brief survivor status and to cheer on other survivors and warriors. Go to coloncancercoalition.org to find out more info and if you choose to walk you can find us under the team name ”Strollin’ for a colon”. Cost is $31 per walker or you can choose to purchase a Blue Mile sign which you can have a message written and it will be displayed along to route for us to see. 


As always remember to checkout the blog (link located two posts ago) and keep those prayers and well wishes coming. I’m ready to be survivor status again! 

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Journal entry by Meghan McGinnis

https://facebook.com/events/s/get-your-rear-in-gear-charlott/1225678700954121/?ti=icl

I will be participating in this 5k walk that is raising awareness of this horrible disease and would love for any and all to join me! Click the link above or go the coloncancercoalition.org website for more information. 

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Journal entry by Meghan McGinnis

Alrighty guys! Next Friday is the day. We need a 2.4 on my CEA levels 🤞🏽🤞🏽 I will be receiving my infusion thanks to charity care coming through once again and covering the cost.

Also new blog is up so happy reading!

https://meghanlucia.wordpress.com/2020/01/11/the-big-c/

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Journal entry by Meghan McGinnis

If you’ve ever seen the movie Michael with John Travolta you will know the scene I am referring too. If not, you need to watch it. Pretty much John Travolta goes head on with a bull after exclaim loudly with his arm raised “Battle!” 

I have met my bull. The cancer has returned and invaded my lymph nodes in my pelvis. Stupid cancer cells just won’t give up.

I chose not to update about having a scan today and my previous scan on the November 23rd simply because I wanted to have some time to keep believing I was cancer free.

We scanned on November 23rd and the CT showed evidence of something invading the lymph nodes but the oncologist couldn’t say for sure if it was cancer or inflammation. 

We returned today and did a PET scan and the oncologist is 90% certain it is indeed cancer. Although there is a small chance it is inflammation, the radioactive liquid is present in my lymph nodes which indicates cancer cells.

Moving forward with a new plan of attack we are starting Xeloda in pill form and will do an infusion every 3 weeks of another type of chemo. It has not formed into a tumor and it has not spread to any other areas of the body which is the silver lining. They are very confident we can nip this in the bud since we caught it early. 

Not the news one wants to hear right before Christmas but it could have been much worse. I am going to fight once more and kick the pesky cells to the curb! As always thank you for the prayers, texts, cards and hugs I receive. 

Me and Joe wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year ❤️🎄 see you in 2020!

Journal entry by Meghan McGinnis

Happy thanksgiving friends family and followers!!!!

Thanksgiving did not go as I planned but before it all went to hell I got some delicious turkey and sides.

Got myself admitted into Duke again due to a partial bowel obstruction late Thursday night and it was the worst visit yet. 


After a nice case of nausea in the car and being poked 3x since no one could find a vein and a CT scan they finally ruled I had a partial bowl blockage in my small intestine and the decision was made to have an NG tube placed. 

Lets just say that didn’t go well either. In my defensive I asked for a sedative lol! Lots of flailing and trying to rip it out as Joe and the nurse are trying to hold me down. After finally getting it in they then determined it wasn’t in far enough so repeat process. Then after a second X-ray they said it was too far in and had to pull it out a bit. After having two round of Ativan to help calm me due to me hyperventilating, which it didn’t, and multiple rounds of dry heaving and gagging my doctor came in an hour later and so he thankfully pulled it out as it was determined there was nothing in my stomach to suction out. So basically all that suffering and torment was for nothing. Finally had a nice big bowel movement Friday afternoon but stomach pain is still somewhat strong so can’t be released til I have another one. Fingers crossed it’s soon though or else a jail break might occur lol!

Journal entry by Meghan McGinnis

Thank you to everyone for checking in with phone calls messages or dropping by for a visit! 

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Site created on February 23, 2019

My beautiful daughter is 30 years old and she has colorectal cancer. She loves life, her family, her boyfriend, her job! She works out, pays her taxes, is kind to animals, and works very hard just as she was taught. These were some of the words that she tearfully said to me when she realized that she was indeed very ill and she was coming to the realization that she might possibly have cancer. What do you say to this wonderful lady that you so lovingly reared to love God and believe in what is good and right? Everything is not alright. Our world has gone very wrong!
This Caringbridge site will be penned by Meghan and me, her mama, Debbie. Our journey in the story of this horrid nightmare is just beginning. 
On February 15, 2019 Meghan was scheduled for a colonoscopy. This procedure was finally happening after about six weeks since the consultation with a GI. Being 30 years old, I'm not really sure that her symptoms were taken seriously by this specialist. The laborious pain grew and mounted within her, but she so hopefully and bravely yearned for this procedure to end the waiting and the pain with an answer that might give a glimmer of hope that everything would be okay after this grueling task was completed. Instead, the colonoscopy was aborted quickly as a tumor was blocking the scope's entry just beyond the rectum. She was met by medical staff with concerned faces relaying news that her brain processed, but that her heart could not fathom. Four days later, the words were spoken, CANCER. And she voiced the words, 'I'm 30 and I have cancer.' 
We are ready for the fight. That tumor has been dubbed 'Harold' and he is NOT welcome. Be gone, Harold!!!!

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