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Oncology Nurse Battles Breast Cancer with Positive Attitude

A nurse accustomed to providing chemotherapy for cancer patients now finds herself on the other side of the treatment.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A nurse accustomed to providing chemotherapy for cancer patients now finds herself on the other side of the treatment.

On a daily basis, 26-year-old oncology nurse Maeghan Arnold is used to helping patients who have been diagnosed with cancer.

"I float between working in the physicians clinic and the chemo room, so I get to see both sides: them coming in for regular checkups for their oncology services, then providing chemo for those in active treatment," she says.

But one day last week, her life would take a drastic turn.

"I had found a lump on the left back side of my breast," she says. "I had no idea it would be cancer."

Arnold, a registered nurse and nursing instructor at Baptist Health School in Little Rock, is used to helping patients who have been diagnosed with cancer cope with the disease, but now she'll be able to relate with them on a personal level.

Maeghan had a port put in Monday, and started chemotherapy Wednesday.

"I prayed a lot," she says.

Carolyn Wright has known Maeghan since high school, and is just one of many friends and faculty members at Baptist Health School supporting her through this challenging time in her life.

The news hit her long-time friend pretty hard.

"I actually cried because I have known her for so long, but her strength is just amazing," Wright says. "I've even told her she can cry."

But crying is not a option for Meaghan right now, who says she tries to "think about it in a positive way."

Maeghan says it's her time to reach out and share her personal experience with her students and patients.
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