AVON — The only indicator that feisty Megan Rosbottom has been battling cancer is her closely cropped hairdo. Rosbottom, who lives in Avon, was expecting her second child when she found a suspicious lump.
“At week 29 I found a lump in my arm pit,” she said. “I asked my OBGYN about it and she said it would probably go away. That it was probably just related to the pregnancy.
“I had Fiona on Dec. 28. Mid-January I found a lump on the right side of my breast. I forgot to mention it to my doctor so I showed it to my husband.”
She said her husband, Lucas, didn’t have a good feeling about the lump and asked her to call her doctor right away. The office staff worked quickly and got her in for a mammogram in just a few days.
“I found out on Valentine’s Day that the spot was cancer but that they caught it early,” Rosbottom said.
The surgeon wanted more images taken and more was found. Her first PET scan showed that there was a lump in her right breast but that the lymph nodes in the right armpit were also cancerous.
“They found a tumor,” she said. “So I went from thinking that this was found early to learning I had stage three cancer. All in one phone call.”
Her surgeon removed 20 lymph nodes and eight tested positive for cancer.
She started six rounds of chemo therapy on March 1.
“That was a roller coaster,” Rosbottom said. “I would go on Monday and be wiped out for a week. It was a very strange thing to go through. It’s hard to explain. I would feel terrible like the worst flu or morning sickness ever.”
She said she and her family relied on help from her mother-in-law and her stepmother. She and Lucas had their infant, Fiona, and they also have a 4-year-old daughter, Reese.