Northland Native Releasing New Book After Battle With Breast Cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

DULUTH, Minn. – One Northland woman is using this Breast Cancer Awareness Month to reach out to others and share her story of survival, healing, and learning.

In 2015, Natalie Zeleznikar was 48 when she was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer.

She’s now 55 and continues to heal mentally, physically, and spiritually.

“I had no breast cancer in my family — no history of breast cancer. My mother or grandmothers never had breast cancer. I just assumed it must be a benign cyst and I thought this can’t be right,” said Zeleznikar.

Zeleznikar is releasing a new book in November called, “The Scars You Can’t See,” sharing her personal story of what she experienced during and after her treatment.

She’s encouraging all women to receive routine mammograms and preventative care.

“Healing really becomes a process after you rip the bandaid off and I didn’t understand how healing was in layers. When you face a trauma, I had no idea how long it takes for the body to connect your emotional needs, spiritual needs, mental health needs, as well as physical healing,” said Zeleznikar.

Zeleznikar’s book is scheduled to be released around November 15th.

On Saturday, November 27th, she’s hosting a book signing event at Skyline Social and Games in Hermantown from 3 – 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

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