Breast cancer inspires victim to help others through the journey
Natacha Pierre, a breast cancer survivor, shares her journey of healing which inspired her to create Our True Purpose Of Life Foundation.
At the age of 31. I was diagnosed with IDC breast cancer, Stage 3 Grade 2, in my left breast. When I first noticed the lump, I had it checked and everything was okay.
In 2012, my doctor told me to get it removed, but I ignored her. In the back of my mind, I didn’t think that a lump could change. I thought I was young and healthy. So, I continued working and taking care of my nest of two girls and a boy.
I never thought about my life changing in a matter of a minute or second, until the year of 2015. That is when I heard those dreaded words from my doctor – ‘you have cancer.’ At that very moment it felt like the earth stopped and everything was still and silent. On June 18, I saw myself standing in a world alone, surrounded by pure darkness and sorrow.
Instantly, I started thinking about my kids, my dad, and my family living their life without me. Tears started tumbling down my face and I knew I was staring at death.
It was kind of strange how a small, hard lump can change itself and become so aggressive and ready to take over my body. ‘Why did I not get this lump cut out?’ I asked myself daily. I was so devoted to other things in my life, that I forgot to put myself first. If I had done exactly what the doctor asked, I would be healthy.
When my treatment started, the people who I thought couldn’t live without me were who I needed. My sister used to tell me I was only allowed two minutes of crying and the rest of the day would be full of laughter – and it was.
The day I lost my hair, she came over with Mary Kay makeup and put it on my face. Meanwhile, my church family fasted for me every day for one hour. My dad wore the same clothes every day, until he heard that I was cancer free. I received many gifts and support from all over the world.
That’s when I realized that it takes a village to help heal someone who is sick. God granted me a beautiful support team filled with loving, caring and creative people. People who use their creativity and talents as ministry to make others smile. I thank God for them.
After I went through my treatments and surgery. I realized there are people out there battling cancer, alone. Someone who does not have people surrounding them with the love shown to me. How can I reach them and share the love that was shown to me? My answer was to create a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization called, Our True Purpose Of Life Foundation and fill it with the same loving and devoted people to create purpose-filled events.
These purpose-filled events help those who have been affected by cancer find ways to cope outside the walls of it. They also raise community awareness that cancer is real and that young women and men can get it.
God’s Word says, “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:17-18.
Thanks to the Union Baptist Church family in Society Hill which hosts cancer programs every third and fourth Sunday and to the Prescott Family for granting Prescott Park and office space in Prescott’s Plaza for helping raise awareness. Also, Charisma Events and Catering owned by Sharon and Albert Smith, help out. And, a team of Mary Kay consults, under Valada Morris, are organizing Natacha Survival Kits for those who affected by cancer.
God has set beautiful people within my circle who are helping get the word out and the gift of knowing your purpose in helping others while walking in it.
To be a part of team Our True Purpose Of Life, join us on Nov. 4 at 202 B Ave., Darlington, in Prescott Park for our next event called Zumba Glow from 7 to 8 p.m.