19-year-old actress speaks on battling stage 3 breast cancer: 'this is my job right now'

19-Year-Old Actress Speaks On Battling Stage 3 Breast Cancer: ‘This Is My Job Right Now’

The “Anne With an E” star, Miranda McKeon, recently spoke on her breast cancer diagnosis from this past year.

McKeon was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer after she felt an unusual lump in her breast.

“I think it’s one of those movie-like moments in someone’s life,” McKeon said of her diagnosis in an interview with ABC News’ Kaylee Hartung on Good Morning America. “I just didn’t feel like it was real.”

But before Mckeon could begin chemotherapy to treat her cancer, she had to wrestle with her fertility.

“It was explained to me that with chemotherapy treatment, there is risk of infertility down the line,” she said. “And fertility was not something that I had ever considered.”

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McKeon said she went through a “preventative safety net” by doing hormone injections and freezing her eggs, just in case she is not able to conceive naturally later on. She then began chemotherapy and has now completed six rounds of the treatment.

“I am spending every other Tuesday in the clinic while my friends are at class,” she said. “I’d rather be in class. I’d rather be doing a lot of different things. But this is my job right now.”

“I think I’ve put my head down and been like, ‘You know what? We’re going to keep this on a positive track because it could go dark quickly,'” she said. “But that’s not where I need to be living, to hunker down and get through this.”

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The young star continues to update her fans and followers on her journey. She first announced her diagnosis to Instagram with the following caption:

“Pink is my new color!!!!! It is with a heavy yet hopeful heart that I share news that I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I am 19 and as statistics go- the chances of having breast cancer at this age are one in a million! (literally, look it up on Google) I am so special- but we knew this????! In these slides I have shared information on what my past 4 days have looked like, why I have decided to share this on social media, information on my cancer, a note not to be scared, and a message to my family and friends.”

You can continue to follow her journey, here.

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