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Nalie Agustin - Breast Cancer Thriver

Nalie Agustin - Breast Cancer Thriver

Nalie is a Scorpio, obsessed with the color purple, 90s R&B, sushi, monkeys and her chihuahua, Neo.

She also has breast cancer.

Nalie was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, at the young age of 24 years old.
Since she had always been the healthiest person among her friends and family, she didn't even think it was a possibility.

Contrary to her two older brothers, she had never even suffered a broken bone or had any allergies. Her parents would always joke around by saying  “3rd time’s a charm! The last one came out perfect!”

In July 2013, Nalie was diagnosed with Stage 2B Breast Cancer. Estrogen and Progesterone Positive. HER2 Negative. She had two tumors in the left breast and 1 in the lymph node and underwent 16 rounds of chemotherapy. Followed by a total mastectomy of her left breast and 29 rounds of radiation and just one year later, she was cancer free.
"I was ecstatic! Once the Doctor cleared me, I traveled for six weeks to the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand. I wrote the “Chemo Secrets” e-guide, did a TED talk and spoke at several important events. I got a job as Project Manager at the Association for Children with Cancer and continued to pursue my YouTube career by launching The Nalie Show! I was living my dreams!" she says.

However, just 3 years later, On January 6th, 2017, her biggest nightmare came true. The cancer came back. An annoying cough and shortness of breath forced her to the emergency room where they did an X-ray that revealed several nodules in both of her lungs. Nalie now had Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer in the lungs. She began chemo again and received 4 cycles of Adriamycin & Taxotere and then a CT scan to see if it worked.

Nalie's Oncologist told her that “There is no cure but treatments that can put you in remission for years and years and years…” She has to accept that she must live with cancer for the rest of her life… but declares that "Incurable is not a declaration… it’s a DARE!"

Nalie now works as a writer, Youtuber and Speaker. She shares her journey with others to give them the INSPIRATION to never give up, for ASPIRATION so that she can live out her dreams and make this world a better place, and for AWARENESS so that she can prove to others that breast cancer doesn’t just happen to elder women.
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Thank you for allowing us to share your story, Nalie! You are a true hero! You can read more about what Nalie is up to at nalie.ca.
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