19-year-old actress Miranda McKeon, in a sad, heartfelt, yet encouraging post on Instagram, shared with her fans that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
In what many of her fans, friends, and family regarded as a symbol of great strength, Miranda McKeon revealed that she was shocked that she had the disease yet she was only 19 years old, a one in a million probability.
In a series of slides within the same post, she revealed to all her followers more information on her diagnosis and why she decided to share it on social media. She also shared how life had been for her since her diagnosis.
Miranda McKeon at the 2016 Greenwich International Film Festival on June 9, 2016 in Greenwich, Connecticut. | Source: Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images
Minutes after she broke the news, messages of encouragement and well wishes flowed in from all quarters. Fellow actors, other celebrities, and even family and fans reminded her that she had a shoulder to lean on.
In a moment of breaking the ice for the sad news, some fans reminded her that she still looked extremely good in her pink hospital gown. Fellow actress Amybeth Mcnulty reminded her that she could always count on her support, saying:
“We’ve got your back, always.”
In a follow-up post, she shared her frustrations, which she said were perfectly normal.
Breast cancer is a disease where malignant cancer cells form in the tissues of the breast. It is the most common cancer in women which affects a significant population all over the world.
In America, 1 in 8 women deals with breast cancer in the course of their lives. Thankfully, there is a significant survival rate for breast cancer when it is detected early and proper measures are taken.
In a follow-up post, she shared her frustrations, which she said were perfectly normal. As much as she had initially shared the news with a bit of enthusiasm, she reminded her followers that the journey she is facing ahead might be quite challenging.
Through a couple of written slides that she screenshot, the actress revealed that she was thankful the cancer was contained in her right breast. Either way, she said after finding out how her year was going to be like, she felt a huge loss. She captioned:
“Today, I Feel Frustrated.” If you want to read- swipe left, or don’t, I don’t really care!”
Many people, including Hollywood celebrities, have shared their journey’s battling cancer and surviving. The key factor that cut across all of their stories is early diagnosis and proper treatment.
Christina Applegate, for instance, revealed in 2008 that she had undergone a double mastectomy to get rid of a few cancerous lumps that they found in one of her breasts.
Celebrities including Wanda Sykes, Sharon Osbourne, Shannen Doherty, Robin Roberts, Jane Fonda, and a host of other big names have battled with the disease and succeeded. Julia Louis-Dreyfus posted her diagnosis on Twitter in 2017.
The statistics for early detection of cancer is a reassuring bet for all cancer patients, including McKeon. It is clear, based on her posts, that the cancer was detected early and would therefore be easily overcome
Based on the reaction of her fans, McKeon sure has a strong support system for the fight that awaits her. Though her enthusiasm may fizzle at times, she is always sure her fellow actors, family, friends, and fans will be there for her.
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