Natalie's story: celebrating every win with stage IV lung cancer
Updated: Aug 2
Natalie was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer at 33. Today, she shares what matters most and why looking after your mental health is as important as your physical health.
My cancer diagnosis
My life from here on out will never be the same. I was diagnosed with stage 4 Non Small Cell Lung Cancer.
I did all of the things in life that I thought were right (worked out, ate healthy, etc.) so I wondered why me. This diagnosis was a complete shock and I had no idea how I was going to handle it. To make matters worse, this happened during the peak of Covid.
Your mental health matters
My mental health has been affected the most during this process. I would say that it is very important to get professional help. Talking to someone and being able to express how you feel will help so much.
I also recommend trying new things that you don’t normally do. Prior to my diagnosis I didn’t read books or listen to podcasts but now I do. This helps me to clear my mind and focus better.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical. Some days I have no idea how I am able to push through but with the help of a strong support system, and pretty strong mindset, I am able to make it.
Find your tribe
I feel that it is extremely important to connect with other people that are also going through the same or similar experience as you.
My new normal
Life is completely different for me now.
I look completely normal on the outside but on the inside I’m a mess. I have accepted the fact that this is my new way of life, for a while anyway, and I want to live and experience so much more. I celebrate every win in life. It's ok to cry, but once you are done, get back and fight!
Words to live by
Obviously more obstacles are going to appear at some point but I will handle them as they come. I never knew how strong I was and had to be until now. What I live by,
Everyone is facing a battle that you are not aware of, so try and be a little nicer and smile more.
Natalie and Mel