Strength for Megan ...
My name is Megan Watkins, and I want to thank you so much for taking a moment to view my page.
My story began in Muskogee, OK, but my Mom and I moved to St. Augustine when I was 8 years old. I enjoyed cheerleading at Cathedral Parish School where I made some of the most wonderful, irreplaceable memories with the friends that I made there. I am currently a student at St. Augustine High School. My dad, Command Sergeant Major Chris Lagasse’, and my mom, Staff Sergeant Cynthia Lagasse’ both serve in the Army National Guard. Both have served their country on tours of duty overseas; one in Korea and one in Iraq. My parents have always made it a priority to spend time together as a family. When I am not in school or cheerleading, I love to spend time with them and my spoiled but sweet long-haired Chihuahua, Brayden. We love to relax at the beach, hang out around the house, and to have family BBQs. I also love country music – recently my mom took me to a Tim McGraw concert and surprised me with backstage passes where we got to meet him. It was the time of my life! Thanks mom! J
I love my life so far and would love the chance to continue growing into an amazing adult, which is why I am writing to you. In May of 2011, I was diagnosed with Grade 4 Glioblastoma brain cancer. Through extensive research we have found an extremely promising treatment at The Rubio Cancer Treatment Center. The Rubio Center has astounding recovery rates; success which we saw with a personal friend of the family who was also diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. After 7 months at the Rubio Center our friend is living 100% CANCER FREE! I have already begun treatment, and my initial 5 weeks at the Rubio Center were wonderful. In fact, the immediate results were almost unbelievable. The feeling in my left hand has starting coming back and the involuntary shaking has ceased. Also, my night tremors are nearly non existent now. My overall feeling of health is much better, and the extreme nausea has diminished!
At this point, my test results show a large increase in dead cancer cells in my blood! The doctors are very pleased with my reaction to treatment – IT IS WORKING! The only unfortunate thing is that our insurance does not cover the cost of treatment. We have utilized all of our financial resources. I hope and pray everyday that between my family and friends, we can find a way to get me back to the Rubio Center for the continuing treatments that I need to beat this cancer.
So I am reaching out to you, my community. We need help to ensure that I will be able to continue treatment. As my fight for life began, I told my parents, “Through pain comes strength!” I have chosen to be strong! I still have so much give, and so much to do. I desperately want to get back to being the healthy teenager that I once was! I want to pursue my dream of one day working in the medical field – maybe as a Registered Nurse or even a Doctor! With your help, I hope to win this battle and return to school as soon as I start feeling better!
There are few words that I can use to explain how grateful I am for your help. I thank you all, graciously, for your prayers, thoughts and most generous donations.