Cancer Ties Dalton – Natalie Bates
Natalie is a strong and courageous young woman. She is a wife, mother, friend, daughter, coworker, classmate, and community leader. All of these titles are relevant but the only title that matters now is cancer survivor. Natalie already bears this title as this is not her first battle.
At the age of 23, newly married and starting a career, Natalie was diagnosed with leukemia. She underwent treatment at Emory and responded successfully to a clinical trial. After responding well she resumed her life furthering her education and beginning a career in housing with Dalton State College. Natalie and husband Nathan knew that they were not complete. Love is multiplied when shared with others. Their compassionate spirit led them to adopt a beautiful baby girl. Addie Kay brightened their family as well as little sister Annie coming some time later.
Just as a sense of normalcy was settling into their lives Natalie received the news that her cancer had returned. After an unsuccessful attempt with another clinical trial she and her doctors determined that a bone marrow transplant would be the best course of action. On June 2 of this year Natalie underwent the bone marrow transplant. This course of treatment causes separation from friends and family as well as a host of side effects. Natalie is strengthened each day by the hope of a lifetime of love and giving.
Natalie’s struggle has real cost. There is physical, emotional, relational, and monitory cost. We may not be able to affect some of these things but the latter is one that we can affect. Please partner with us to celebrate Natalie’s healing.
Carrie C. Hutchinson