Post-NGB, Megan Makes a BIG Change


Megan-hart-250x200Megan filled us in on life after elimination -- and she's made some big changes.

TLC: What was your reaction to the elimination?
Megan: It wasn't that shocking to me...I had a feeling I was going home, as did Melo. We discussed it prior to the elimination.

TLC: Who would you say was your best NGB ally?
Megan: My greatest ally in this cast was Chad, and second Marissa. I love them both, we clicked, we got each other, and we understood each other. I just love these two people so much and wish them nothing but the best, as I also hope and pray for the rest of my castmates -- a really great bunch of talented people!

TLC: What has happened in your life since filming the show?
Megan: After I came back from filming, I went back to work as a paramedic, still doing cakes as a hobby.
    In October, I got pneumonia and landed myself in the hospital for about a week. I went home and my condition worsened. I called my crew to come and take me back to the hospital, and about 12 hours later, I was in the Neuro ICU on a support.
    I had a very bad case of pneumonia. For most of the month of November, I was hospitalized. My co-workers raised over $1,400 on my behalf for my family and myself to cover medical expenses. I have been on disability ever since and am fighting real hard to get better.
    In the midst of this, I was offered an amazing opportunity to be THE head baker for Dozen Bake Shop in Pittsburgh. My husband does not wish to go through seeing me ever again exposed to some of the things paramedics are exposed to, so he wants me to do it. Maybe I'll be Pittsburgh's very own Cake Boss?

TLC: What are your plans now?
Megan: I will be saying goodbye to 13-plus years of being a paramedic, and it rips out my heart to walk away. But I do think at this stage of my life, it will be the best for my mind, body, soul and home life. Being a paramedic takes its toll, like most public safety jobs. I no longer want to be a part of someone's death or the death of someone's loved one. I want to be there to see people's faces light up at celebrations and milestones celebrated by CAKE! Talk about opposite ends of the rainbow for me!

TLC: What were your impressions of Buddy?
Megan: I think Buddy is a great person. He and his family are genuine people, and they are very down to earth! For Buddy, a man as busy as he is, to sit and talk to us after the filming of the shows, that makes me a winner -- not too many people have that opportunity. I did! I learned so much.

TLC: Would you have done anything differently during the elimination challenge?
Megan: No, because I knew the guitar was going to fall. I said it from the start, I wasn't understanding what Nadine wanted me to build. I expressed my concerns, and it just didn't translate. Maybe if I would have said, "I won't take responsibility for the guitar falling," but who knows? I now know how I would build it if someone asks for it, but you can't beat yourself up over something that is foreign to you in the first place.

TLC: Any last words for your fans?
Megan: Thank you so much. It warms my heart that people have contacted me, rallied around me and supported me. I'm humbled. I want to say that at the age of 38, in the midst of one of the worst times of my life, I mustered up what little confidence I had and BELIEVED in myself.
    Believe in yourself, be your own best cheerleader, dance to the beat of your own drum, and above anything else, have fun! If you aren't having fun at what you're doing, it's not worth it anyore! Do what you LOVE; LOVE what you do!
    If I can do it, anyone can! I'm just a normal, blue-collar, hard-working person, and I stepped outside of my comfort zone and did this -- without a single regret at all.

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