Natalie's cancer journey.
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Natalie at 27 years old was diagnosed with stage 4 abdominal cancer on May 4, 2015. She has a 7 year old daughter, Phenix. Please help us encourage and support this amazing young woman! Read about her journey below.

Hi, my name is Natalie Staples-Cook and I have been diagnosed with stage 4 abdominal cancer. 

Six years ago, while pregnant with my daughter, Phenix, I was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 21. After she was born, I decided to have a total hysterectomy in hopes to prevent the cancer from coming back.   

On May 4th, 2015 I had another surgery which showed my cancer had sadly returned in my abdomen. Since then I have been having to deal with mulitple things. 

I needed to have 6 feet of my small intestine cut out because it was completely destroyed by the cancer. Because of that I now have an ileostomy bag. It is a bag attached to my hip and is where all my bowel movements go. This bag has been one of the hardest things to get used to and I am still learning how to take care of it.

Also, after finding out this hard news, I decided I needed to make the decision to separate from my husband. I wasn't receieving any support from him and he couldn't care for me properly. He seemed to be running from the situation. Thankfully I have a lot of support from my family. Therefore, my daughter and I moved an hour away from where we had been living to live with my parents. They take care of me and give me the support and care I deserve, particularly my mother, Susan. 

While battling with the cancer I have lost a significant amount of weight. I struggle with an appetite and hospital stays have become all too familiar.

We recently got news that my cancer is not reacting to the chemotherapy. We are now concentrating on living life to the fullest, as much as I can in between feeling sick and hospital stays, and making memories with my beautiful daughter.

Despite of everything, my daughter and I are trying to stay positive and take everything day by day. Your support and prayers and have helped tremendously!! I want to THANK YOU for ALL from the bottom of my heart!! 

The Lord is good, all the time. 

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. - 1 Peter 5:7

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