The diagnosis that changed everything for this mum of three.
Natalie Khoury remembers the date exactly.
“On Tuesday 12 November 2013 my life changed forever. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma,” Natalie said.
“I never thought that I would get cancer. Nobody ever thinks they’re going to get cancer. When I was given my diagnosis, I was shocked.”
The diagnosis came just one month before her 38th birthday. But despite her initial disbelief, Natalie, now 39, knew she needed to be strong for herself and her three young kids.
On her doctor’s advice, she turned to Cancer Council (13 11 20) for support. “That one phone call was all I needed to get the ball rolling,” she said.
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Cancer Council sent Natalie information to help her understand and manage her diagnosis and treatment – and when Natalie started to lose her hair and was unable to look at herself in the mirror, Cancer Council enrolled her in a ‘look good, feel better’ course. “I went home feeling a lot better about myself,” Natalie said.
She learned how to use makeup to fill in her thinning eyebrows and eyelashes, and how to wear headbands and wigs. After six months of chemotherapy and radiation, Natalie was cancer-free. “I then decided to give back to the Cancer Council in some way,” Natalie said. She decided to host an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.
The fundraising event is an opportunity for friends, family or workmates to come together, share a cuppa and some delicious food, and help those affected by cancer. “I put on a beautiful spread with the help of my friends and family,” Natalie said.
She ran the event like an ‘open house’, with a grand total of 55 family and friends visiting throughout the day. “I had purchased the Biggest Morning Tea apron and had all my friends and family sign it,” She said. “Everyone wrote such beautiful inspiring messages. This is one apron I will keep forever.” Not only did she get that keepsake for treasure forever, but Natalie also raised almost $3000 for Cancer Council, far exceeding her target of $1000.