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Local Woman Connects with Others During Breast Cancer Awareness Month with New Book, ‘I Have Breast Cancer’

Published on Thursday, October 8, 2020 | 1:04 pm

Television entertainment executive and Pasadena resident Natalie is using her new book, “I Have Breast Cancer,” to connect with other women who have survived the disease.

Smalley has battled breast cancer twice and in the book uses those experiences to create a survival guide from which others can draw information and inspiration. 

“This book is a survival guide for women fighting their own battles. It’s a battle cry for those with a loved one fighting cancer,” Smalley said in a prepared statement. “It’s a story of hope and strength for those that need it most. As you read, you will be walked through what to expect and how breast cancer is treated. You will learn about how to take care of yourself during these difficult times, and you will need to care for yourself a lot. You will learn about how your relationships will inevitably change, as well.”

Smalley said the book, which was released during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, provides information that will be particularly helpful in understanding and defining breast cancer: how it begins, how it is staged, how it spread, and how it is treated. She believes it will also help others recognize the importance of moving, especially during recovery, and “how you can work on exercising so that you will be able to keep on moving.”

The book also talks about the importance of understanding that food will not cure your cancer, but that it can help your body to have enough energy to fight it and heal. It will also illustrate how to ensure people get proper nutrition. Smalley also writes about how intimacy could change dramatically during the course of the  cancer diagnosis and treatment, and adds “that change doesn’t have to be a bad thing.” 

Finally, she writes about the ways that a cancer patient’s family life could “suddenly seem topsy-turvy” and how to navigate through such a trying time, what to expect when a survivor returns to work, and what has to be done to make a smooth transition.

“If you want to know that you are not alone, this book will tell you my story, which might not be very different from yours,” Smalley writes. “Hope floats. Hope will bring you up and help you get through this trying time.” 

Smalley is a graduate of Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree in speech communications. She’s an active member of her community and a member of Cancer Support Community Pasadena, where she has been unanimously voted by the nominating committee for a seat on its board of directors. She is also a member of The Gathering of the National Association of Basketball Coaches-Wives, and is active in Fellowship Church. 

To acquire a copy of “I Have Breast Cancer,” visit

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