‘Muffins for Megan’ is Saturday
If you’ve been on Facebook over the last few months, perhaps you’ve met Megan Burgeis or heard about her battle with breast cancer.
Since her diagnosis late last year, the Monticello community has come together to offer support, assistance, comfort, and prayers to the 32-year-old wife and mother.
Burgeis said she was diagnosed with breast cancer just before Christmas.
“It was right before Thanksgiving when I was packing to go out of town when my arm brushed up against my breast,” she recalled. “I noticed it (the lump) immediately.”
She admits she didn’t perform monthly breast exams as recommended by many doctors. The lump was large, over two centimeters, which she considers noticable on her small frame.
Burgeis said she immediately called her doctor who suspected it could be a hormonal issue that would clear up in a day or so.
He told her to wait a few days to rule out a hormonal cyst. When the lump didn’t go away, she scheduled an appointment.
“Dr. (Michael) Fakouri wanted me to see Sylvia (Simon) so I went to see her. She wasn’t worried at first. She said it was going to be nothing, no big deal,” Burgeis said. “We were all sure it was nothing.”
Simon sent her for a mammogram followed by a biopsy the next week.
“I thought I’d get a phone call, but she made me come into the office. I guess it’s because she didn’t want to tell me I had cancer over the phone,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it. I was floored. This came out of nowhere.”
Burgeis said she had none of the risk factors for breast cancer with no family history of cancer of any kind.
She said that’s when she knew cancer doesn’t discriminate; it can happen to anyone at any time, any age.
Since her diagnosis, she’s had a lumpectomy, which removes only the lump leaving healthy breast tissue intact, and two rounds of chemotherapy.
“I have to do six total rounds of chemotherapy and a year of another non-chemo IV drug called Herciprin,” Burgeis said.
She will also have to endure radiation therapy once her chemo is complete.
Burgeis said she is feeling pretty great right now. She gets tired for a few days after her chemo treatments, and she “eats like a bird” during that time, but it wears off after a few days.
She said her doctors said she’d lose her hair within 14 days after beginning treatment, but she’s had two treatments and hasn’t lost a strand.
With her diagnosis of cancer, Burgeis has been embraced by the community.
As soon as word of Burgeis’ diagnosis became public knowledge, she has been bombarded with so many kind words and well wishes. She’s touched by the kindness the residents of Monticello have shown her and her family.
“I love it. I’m so touched by that,” she said. “I’m not from here. My husband’s not from here. I feel so taken care of (by the community),” Burgeis said. “Everyone has stepped up to help me. These are people who truly mean it when they offer help. Their kindness has meant the world to me and my family.”
Burgeis is married to Charlie Burgeis. The couple have three-year-old twins, Mallory and Brody.
She said she knows that God is working in her situation, bringing in the right medicine to help her heal and the community to give her encouragement along the way.
“The lumpectomy took all the cancer away,” she said.
“I am cancer free. The chemo, the radiation, and other drugs are just insurance that it doesn’t come back. We call it insurance chemo. I like that. I’m going to be fine.”
Burgeis’ supporters call themselves Team Megan.
They are hosting “Muffins for Megan,” Saturday, Feb. 16 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church, located on Main Street in Monticello.
The event will help raise money to help cover costs of her battle with cancer.