KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The news was a surprise for people following Claire McCaskill on Twitter. She announced on Monday via social media that she's been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The U.S. senator from Missouri says that her prognosis is good and she expects a full recovery. One 32 year-old woman knows how shocking cancer is when you hear the diagnosis, and she shares her secrets for cancer-fighting success.
A song parody posted to YouTube means it's another day of chemotherapy for Natalie Thompson.
The 32 year-old has stage three breast cancer, a diagnosis that left her questioning every life decision she's ever made.
“I`m like- what did I do to cause this? You know? I was just 31,” said Natalie.
Natalie detected the cancer after about a month-and-a-half after a nurse practitioner reminded her how important self-exams are.
“I kept noticing it, kept noticing it,” said Natalie.
After months of monitoring the lump, she went to the doctor, and eventually got the news. It was cancer.
The first person she told was her mom, who gave her the first words of wisdom to thriving through cancer.
“Just say 'I have cancer, and I`m going to deal with it,’'' Natalie recalled.
She did, with a bilateral mastectomy and chemo, so far. Natalie says she looks at everything with a glass-half full approach. She says positivity is key, as is laughter and talking about it.
“The more you tell people and talk about it, the more support you get, and the support I`ve gotten has been overwhelming, which has allowed me to stay positive,” she said.
Natalie says Claire McCaskill's diagnosis will hopefully remind others to keep an eye on their breast health.
“Just brings it up in conversation, and that`s good,” she said.
While she doesn't wish cancer on anyone, and it's not how she imagined her life, this cancer fighting rapper is grateful for the good that comes with the disease.
“I`m just so glad God blessed me, I hate to say blessed me with cancer, but who I am today is better, and the people I`ve met, it`s just, it`s been amazing really,” Natalie said.
Natalie's prognosis is good. She hopes to be done with treatment around January 2017. Natalie found her cancer through a self-exam. Claire McCaskill found her cancer through a regular mammogram. According to the American Cancer Society, those are two of the most important tools in finding breast cancer early.