Spotlight: Natalie Pressey
Eight years ago, on October 3rd, I received a phone call that would change my life forever. A call that informed me that my breast biopsy uncovered stage 3 invasive lobular carcinoma in my right breast, BREAST CANCER. I was 49 years old and kept thinking this can’t be happening. Not now. I had plans for my milestone celebration. I recalled my first of soon to be a gazillion doctor appointments. This meeting was to discuss my options. The Doctor said, “Well, you will most likely need a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation; or you can just get a mastectomy and skip the chemotherapy and radiation.” The frustration set in when I was required to make a decision on the spot. I asked the Doctor to give me a few days to think about it. Overwhelmed at being told to “just get a mastectomy “ was what propelled me onto a strategic path to understand my options and not be a silent bystander in handling my diagnosis and treatment. I took a moment to become educated about my choices and ultimately my life. Personal advocacy showed up strong.
Eight years have passed since that phone call and while cancer did not take my life, I have vowed to spend the rest of my life on a purposeful journey to educate, empower, and enlighten those diagnosed and the people who care for them. I vowed to LIVE MY BEST LIFE; do what makes ME happy; Laugh often! I live the life of a FEARLESS WARRIOR, on purpose; one who stands in the place of those who have lost the battle and provides hope and courage for those in the midst of their journey. Breast Cancer Chose The Wrong One! I Fight!