Meg Ingram

Meg Ingram

In August 2006, a severe headache sent Meg Ingram, now 21, to the hospital emergency room. Scans revealed a brain tumor, and two days later Meg was in surgery. Within two weeks, she began a long course of chemotherapy and radiation. Then last July, the appearance of a second primary tumor required a switch to more aggressive chemotherapy, which she is currently undergoing.

Despite her trials, Meg’s optimism and determination are immediately apparent. Strengthened by the love of her family and her faith, and inspired by her father’s positive attitude during his two battles with cancer, Meg wakes up each morning and chooses to enjoy her life to the fullest.

According to Meg’s mother, H.J., Meg has not allowed herself a single negative day, and barely a negative moment. Instead, she focuses on her many blessings. "I have cancer, but it doesn’t have me," she announced early on.

Meg’s amazing attitude has enabled her to keep up with her nursing studies at the University of Alabama, and even with the cheerleading she loves. In fact, she cheered with her squad on the football field just three weeks after her surgery, and by the end of the season, she was stunting!

Meg’s garden expresses different aspects of herself, and stands as a colorful reminder of the joy with which she lives every day. She wants others to know that, like her, they can get through anything.