A young woman, who was unable to sit her Leaving Certificate last year due to a thyroid cancer diagnosis, took her exams this year instead with incredible results.
Megan Ross, a 19-year old studying in Dublin, received 8 A1s yesterday and departs for the US next week to begin her studies in Applied Mathematics at Harvard University.
The bright teen was diagnosed in September 2012 and decided not to take her exams last year. Speaking about her diagnosis, Megan said, “I had surgery to remove my thyroid and will be on medication for life.”
However, Megan doesn’t expect any special treatment at university, adding that her illness was “just a setback rather than something that was really serious”.
Staff at Megan’s school are in awe of her determination and strength. “It’s just an incredible story,” said Mary White, headmaster at St. Joseph of Cluny school in Dun Laoghaire. “She is an extraordinarily talented student,” said the teacher.