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A total shock

Before I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I had no connection with the disease. I was the first in my family to be diagnosed with it. The only person I knew that had ever had breast cancer was my godmother.

I was in total shock when I got the diagnosis. I knew from finding the lump that it was going to be cancer, but nothing could prepare me for hearing those words. To this day, I don't remember anything else my doctor said other than “sorry it's breast cancer”. It was a total brain fog moment.

The first thing that went into my mind was please don't let me die. I have three young children (one aged four and two-year-old twins) and I couldn't bear thinking what would happen if I wasn't there. I thought I must have done something terribly wrong in the short space of my 25 years for this to be happening.

Natalie wearing pink

Living life to the full

Since being diagnosed I’ve had to have two lymph nodes removed, then shortly after I had a mastectomy with a tissue expander placed in for reconstruction. I’ve just had my last operation before I have my nipple reconstructed, which I'm looking forward to.

If anything, my diagnosis has taught me not to take things for granted – life’s too short! So now I’m just enjoying life and living it to the full with my three boys, and I’m enjoying planning my wedding too.

My advice to other women diagnosed with breast cancer is don't keep your feelings inside; open up with anyone you can about how you feel. It's happening to your body, so don’t be afraid to talk about it and ask questions. Always remember there is light at the end of the tunnel no matter how dark the months seem to be and how alone you feel, we’re all here with you.

Why I wear pink

I was motivated to support Breast Cancer Now because I’m hearing about more and more young girls around my age getting diagnosed with breast cancer and something needs to be done to stop it. I hope that one day no one will have to go through what I’ve been through, or even worse.

I think it's important that people wear pink in October as it’s such a fun and easy way to raise awareness. This disease is growing rapidly and the more money we can raise to research what we can do to prevent it, the better.

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