PHONEIX (3TV/CBS 5/Gray News) – Meghan Reilly was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 after she started having pain in her bones. Doctors said she would most likely die within five years.
“I was just numb,” said Reilly A-Z family. “I felt like they must be wrong. There was no way this was going to happen to me…I was going to Google, and just seeing my chances, and trying to find stories fighting stage four cancer, and unfortunately, there’s not much there.
Doctors told Reilly the cancer had spread to his lungs, liver, kidneys and spine. She was told she had only a 5% chance of living beyond five years.
At the time, the young mum felt like there wasn’t much hope.
Reilly said the chemotherapy helped clear the cancer from her liver, but after about eight months it stopped working.
It was just kind of a stay there, and the chemotherapy was really taking its toll on me,” Reilly said. “That’s when my doctor decided I would be a great candidate for immunotherapy, which at the time was only used for certain types of lung cancer and skin cancer.”
Reilly started having immunotherapy called KEYTRUDA in South Carolina and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Goodyear.
“It’s just like how chemotherapy is infused,” Reilly said. “It’s by a port because I have a port. It takes about 30 minutes, and that’s it. It’s just a liquid.
She said the immunotherapy worked and the best news was that it had no adverse side effects. Two weeks ago she received incredible news when scans showed the cancer was gone.
“She said, ‘you have what we call no evidence of disease, which means the tests and blood tests show that there is no evidence of disease in your body,'” Reilly explained. “She said it would never have happened with chemotherapy. Immunotherapy is 100% to credit for that.”
Reilly continues to receive the same treatments every six weeks, and it is his decision.
“She basically said there’s just no information on what’s next here because it’s so new,” Reilly said. “They’re just making educated guesses to try to guess what’s going to happen, so in a sense we’re writing the book as we go.”
Although Reilly doesn’t know what’s next on her journey, she believes prayers and immunotherapy have restored her health.
“It’s like winning the lottery, but the lottery of life,” Reilly said. “It’s hard to describe. It’s the most amazing feeling. It’s something I’ve prayed for years and years and years.
Now she hopes to share her story with others going through the same thing.
“I just want people to understand; there is hope,” Reilly said. “There are so many options for you, and never give up. Just when you think you can’t go on, that’s when the miracle happens.
You can watch more of Reilly’s story on her Youtube channel.
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