Megan Palmer Medical Fund
When she's not putting out amazing records, or playing with the likes of Tim Easton, Amy Speace, Aaron Lee Tasjan and others, you will find her healing others at Venderbilt Hospital where she is a registered nurse.
Megan has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be undergoing a mastectomy in early July. Her insurance will cover some, but not all of her medical bills. Then of course there is the time she will be out of work, not only on her rounds at the hospital but on her rounds as a touring musician.
Not one to cry over spilled milk (or boobs), Megan is facing this hurdle with grace and humor, however, her recovery and rehabilitaion will take a huge financial toll on her and that is where you come in.
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I want to tell you a few things though. First of all, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart, for teaching me to open myself to 'receive' this kind of help. I never imagined I would go through something like breast cancer, and I never imagined that so many people near and far would be there for me. I was so overwhelmed at the beginning of this campaign at the extreme generosity of you all, and I continue to feel the wonderful healing energy you have all sent me through this journey. My gratitude is off the charts.
Secondly, I want you to know that I am doing really well! After the first surgery in July, I had a drain for 5 grueling weeks. After that I began chemo which lasted about 3 months. Finally last week, I was able to have my reconstructive surgery, (aka new boob for christmas) and I'm still recovering from that but I'm patiently healing over this holiday season. My energy that was zapped from the chemotherapy is returning, and my hair is slowly growing as well.
Lastly, I want you to know that going through this experience has given me the chance to heal on more than a cellular level. Sometimes someone will say, 'I feel sad that you had to go through this horrible thing.' And my response to it, truly, is that I'm grateful for this chance to let go of negative cells that got stuck in me, and to learn how to truly love myself, and therefore everyone around me, no matter what. It's difficult to put into words the feeling of wholeness I have found. I don't feel grief for what I've lost because I have realized the gift of staying in my body. There is still work to be done here. I approach it with a renewed zest and enthusiasm.
I want to wish you a Happy New Year. May you be filled with love and light. I am forever grateful to you.
I've been fortunate to have my parents here with me to help me do some of the things I am used to doing on my own. I may have regressed to a younger version of myself but no one has confronted me directly on that so far.
I did hear some good news yesterday from my doctor. They took 2 lymph nodes during the surgery and tested them, and they came back negative for cancer cells. Also my margins are negative. That is a big relief, and will help us decide what else I need to do once I am healed from the surgery.
My friends here in Nashville threw a benefit for me this past Wednesday. It was incredible. I watched it on my computer because I can't go out to bars yet. It was so touching to see my besties making music on my behalf. Many thanks to Stacie Huckeba and Rod Picott for organizing the benefit, and the performers: Rod and his band, Amy Speace, The Wild Ponies (Doug & Telisha Williams), Aaron Lee Tasjan, Tim Easton, Allen Thompson, and surprise guest Steve Poltz... they donated their time and energy and guess what -- music does heal. I felt so good watching them and felt their good healing vibes through the computer screen.
There will be another benefit in Columbus OH at Dick's Den on July 25th. From what I hear, some of my musical friends will be covering some of my songs! I can't wait to hear that. I believe it will be on concert window as well. As soon as I hear I will post the link.
As I sit and watch the world from the couch, I think of all the difficult times people all over the world are going through. In my meditations, I wish for peace and healing throughout the world. What you have all done for me is just incredible. I could have never imagined so many people wanting to help me, but I understand it on a deeper level. So again, thank you. I am touched to be on your radars. Love, Megan
This all came up as a huge surprise to me. Never did I think right now I'd have to become a patient.
My surgery is scheduled for July 8th. Not exactly the birthday present I was expecting... a true 'mid life crisis'... but I don't actually see it that way. I feel strong and supported going into this. I feel gratitude I was able to play the shows for my record releases these past couple weeks. I feel connected to all of you so much my heart is bursting.
We are in this fight together. It is beyond me. Thank you for walking with me on this journey.
Peace and love to you, Megan. It's very refreshing to hear you speak about others who are suffering in our troubled and worrisome World while you're recovering from your own ills! More people should follow your example. You are continually in my thoughts and prayers!
Kevin and I are so very happy to hear you have made it through the BC treatment feeling strong, more aware and more filled with love. You are amazing. I am in awe. Good fucking job.
Good job on kicking cancer's ass. Thank you for the update. And can I add, you look pretty fabulous!
Megan, you are and always have been a remarkable and beautiful person... I am so grateful to know you and to read your attitude about your cancer. Very inspiring!!! xxoo love xxoo
Love the update. I am so glad that you're doing so well. I love your upbeat message and that you have maintained your sense of humor through this whole process. I want a cookie. My best to you and prayers still continue regularly. Best wishes for 2017. Onward and upward, Megan.
This is so beautiful and inspiring! How wonderful to hear you're doing so well, on so many levels. Wishing you all the best in the new year!
Begging on the internet for something as simple as medical treatment seems like a world gone wrong. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours.