Cancer survivor, author to speak at First Health

By Abbi Overfelt

October 2, 2013

PINEHURST — Almost 20 years after breast cancer took the life of her 45-year-old mother, Heather St. Aubin-Stout got a breast cancer diagnosis of her own.

A year later, she got another.

“I was scared,” she says. “But I told family and friends, asked for help and asked for prayers. It was a more psychological and emotional journey than I thought it would be, I guess, because of the experience with my mom. My goal was to get past my one-year mark (when my mom’s had metastasized). Well, that’s when mine recurred.”

St. Aubin-Stout could have allowed breast cancer to take over her life. Instead, she decided to live the best life possible and share her story with others.

Her book, “Not My Mother’s Journey,” was released in January 2011 and within six months had been awarded a Reader’s Favorite five-star review and The Catholic Writer’s Guild Seal of Approval. On Oct. 24, she will talk about her experience during an annual breast-cancer awareness event hosted by The Foundation of FirstHealth and the Cancer CARE Fund.

The program will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Clara McLean House at FirstHealth, 20 FirstVillage Drive, Pinehurst. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The event is free, but registration is required. To register or for more information, call 800-213-3284. For information on St. Aubin-Stout, visit her website at