Natasha's life takes a turn after hardship 

Harcourts Women’s 5km walk/run takes place on Sunday March 2. The aim? To not only raise the profile of breast cancer and raise much needed funds for the Tasmanian Cancer Council but for women to have fun and be active.

Over the next 5 weeks, The Examiner will profile 5 women each of whom have been affected by breast cancer. We will capture their story and also provide weekly tips and hints to not only achieve fitness goals but to set and achieve new lifestyle goals as well. 

NATASHA Heazlewood thought it was mastitis causing the pain in her breast. Her son, Ethan, was just four and a half months old and still breast fed.

When the pain worsened, she visited her GP. By the end of the week she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

``You don't go `Why me', you just deal with it,'' Mrs Heazlewood said.

The Youngtown woman went through 19 rounds of chemotherapy and 35 rounds of radiation treatment. Sick of constantly worrying about her health, about a year later - in July 2013 - she opted for a double mastectomy.

Ms Heazlewood's experience will see her participate in the Harcourts Run for Your Life five-kilometre run in Launceston.

The funeral director feels healthy, happy and excited to work towards becoming the active woman she was prior to her diagnosis.

There's also the wedding: Ms Heazlewood will marry her partner on March 15.

Ms Heazlewood will work towards completing the five-kilometre exercise in about 40 minutes with the help of PYCSAM trainers.

``I haven't done anything for the last 18 months, and I'm looking forward to the time to myself,'' Ms Heazlewood said.

``I'd like to be able to run some of it.''

Natasha Heazlewood

Natasha Heazlewood

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