WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Ali Meyer, a news reporter for KFOR-TV received her mammogram last year while being streamed live on Facebook.
- Assuming it was just a short painful procedure that would serve as a reminder for women to schedule their mammograms, results revealed that Meyer had breast cancer.
- Meyer, then 40, decided to share her breast cancer journey to help other women.
An Oklahoma-based TV journalist publicly shares her experience with breast cancer after receiving her diagnosis last year on-air.
As part of an endeavor for Breast Cancer Awareness Month last October, news anchor for KFOR-TV, Ali Meyer, live-streamed her first-ever mammogram on Facebook Live, thinking it was just a short procedure and that doctors won’t find anything.
“I had no concerns; no lumps; no family history; no reason at all to think that my baseline mammogram would turn my world upside down,” wrote Meyer in a recent story published last week, recounting the day she was diagnosed.
However, the then 40-year-old mother of four was shocked beyond belief when doctors told her that she had cancer in her right breast.
“I will never forget that day. I will never forget telling my husband and my girls after they got off the bus that afternoon,” wrote Meyer.
Following the live-stream diagnosis, Meyer continued to broadcast her journey on battling cancer by giving updates via Instagram and filming everything including intimate details from her mastectomy to undergoing reconstructive surgery.
Although surgeons kept her natural nipple and areola intact, doctors advised having her breast tissue replaced. Meyer then allowed the camera crew to film the procedure and even shared her emotions throughout the experience.
Meyer said that while surgery was her first choice of treatment, still, she felt like being mutilated. “It felt like cancer was stealing part of my body away from me,” she said of the operation.
Last month, Meyer received her second mammogram. One year after her diagnosis, she was declared cancer-free. News 4 aired a segment about her road to recovery on Tuesday. She said in the segment that she wants to use her story to tell women to take care of their bodies and get a mammogram.
“I will never stop having mammograms,” says Meyer in the segment adding that “my surgical options, recovery and outcome were all better because my mammogram found the cancer before I even knew it was there.”