podcast : Natalie Matko Jackson
On this episode, I’m joined by Natalie Matko Jackson. Natalie is a dog mom, wine connoisseur, passionate art curator and stage iv metastatic breast cancer thriver. Natalie doesn’t sugarcoat sh*t and gives it to us real about the C word. Cancer.
I feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to sit down with her because we kept on having to reschedule because of me always being sick (#momlife) and Nat’s weakened immune system. Getting sick might be a big deal for you or I… but for Natalie, this is an everyday concern living with cancer.
Our podcast begins when at 30, Natalie discovered a lump in her breast. She takes us through what it was like telling her family, the treatment and how she maintained her optimistic outlook. After 9 months of treatment, she was given the all clear.
Then a few years ago, things took a turn for the worse. The cancer came back and had metastasized. Natalie reveals the devastating moment when she was told there was no cure.
Pause and breathe.
We jam on cancer etiquette (not a thing, but we’re making it one), the power of kindness and living with purpose.
Hailing from Chicago, Natalie is one half the all-star tennis twins (no relation to Venus & Serena). In 2010, she fell in love with Vancouver in 2010 and within months made the trek from ORD>YVR. She secured herself the most Vancouver-possible job, being a merchant at lululemon. This is where Nat & I first met. Her dazzling eyes and giant smile are something that make you do a double take, then when you stop and chat with Natalie, you can’t help but leave with a big smile. We used to cross paths at Revamped Fitness in Vancouver and would share pleasantries in the hallways at work. But I never actually hung out with Natalie. When I went over to her immaculately curated home, we instantly clicked and bonded over all the big and small things.
You can catch Natalie walking her pups in Kits, hitting up Lagree West on west 4th or drinking full-bodied reds on her patio.