Megan O’Neil is an actor/writer in Los Angeles who loves traveling and being outdoors (especially at the beach with her sweet dog Panda and her fiancé Colin). She is grateful for the Rivkin community and believes so strongly in its mission to “Know Your Body” that she regularly screams it from rooftops, just in case anyone can hear!
“I was 30 and healthy but I knew my body enough to know that the changes I felt were not normal for me. Because of my age and lack of family history of breast cancer, I had to advocate for myself when multiple doctors did not believe me. Once diagnosed, I did it all (chemo, radiation, and a double mastectomy) and was cancer-free for almost 5 years until the dreaded year 2020 arrived and I again noticed changes in my body. Those changes turned out to be a recurrence of the disease (even though it was too small to detect on a CT scan at the time). I am beyond grateful for my body and urge everyone to know (and listen) to their own! Don’t be afraid to speak up and find a medical professional who believes you! I’m grateful for cancer and all that it has taught me and proud of all the obstacles I’ve overcome (and especially the wonderful people I’ve met along the way).”