Journalist Now Cancer-Free After Receiving Diagnosis Live On Facebook
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A journalist who was diagnosed with cancer live on social media, after agreeing to have her doctor's appointment streamed online, has now been confirmed to be cancer-free.
Ali Meyer's first ever mammogram was filmed and broadcast to viewers on Facebook Live last October.
However, what the 41-year-old expected to be a routine appointment turned into a nightmare as the specialist gave her the shocking news that she had breast cancer.
Speaking just moments after being given the devastating news, a tearful Ali told the camera: "Alright, so I was hoping for a routine little mammogram, and that's not how this went.
"I was just sure we'd have nothing today, but here we are.
"But I'm going to have an MRI next week to confirm exactly what we're dealing with and get a plan of action in place."
Ali was diagnosed with non-invasive ductile breast cancer in her right breast. But despite being one of the most survivable forms of the cancer, it shook the reporter to her very 'core'.
Ali said: "It's been hard and shocking. It does kind of rock you to your core.
"This is not the news I was hoping to tell you about to raise breast cancer awareness, but it's what I got."
She added: "It felt like forced mutilation, like cancer was stealing away part of my body."
Eventually, the news anchor began to come to terms with her diagnosis and even let the cameras follow her recovery - filming plastic surgeon Dr Oscar Masters as he performed her reconstructive surgery.
Hi.. I'm Ali & I have two nipples.:v::relaxed: I was diagnosed with #BreastCancer one year ago, and every single day I feel lucky I was able to keep my breast skin & nipple after mastectomy. (details in stories) #DCIS... https://t.co/DxJqgUjMhy
- Ali Meyer (@amanchor) October 30, 2019
Dr Masters said that medical advances in surgical techniques have given women a much greater chance of retaining their breast skin, as well as their nipple, allowing reconstruction to have a much more natural look.
Thankfully, Ali is now free from cancer and has been told by doctors that she is 'most likely to be completely cured'.
Ali is now trying to encourage more women to go and see their doctor and have all the necessary tests in order to catch the disease early.
She said: "My outcome was better because my mammogram found the cancer before I even knew it was there."