When it comes to inspiring Montreal locals, there's one person that comes to mind for me: Nalie Agustin. Agustin self-describes as a "wellness advocate, author, speaker" and "cancer thriver," but she's so much more than that. She's a fighter, a survivor, and a role model to so many.

Not only has she earned a spot in the hearts of many Montrealers, but she's also gotten the attention of A-list celebrities including both Rihanna and French Montana. 

If you've been following her journey for quite some time like I have, you probably noticed that over the summer, she had been quite silent on Instagram. 

We all held our breath and sent positive vibrations her way, not sure what was happening.

Against all of our hopes and prayers, Nalie announced on September 10 that she was diagnosed yet again with cancer, writing the following on her Instagram:

"SUMMER 2020 -⁣⁣ By far, the most challenging days of my life. But with all challenges come great lessons... And as hard as it is, I feel called to share.⁣⁣⁣⁣"

"So I'm back! But I ask, if you are still following... ⁣"

"⁣⁣I need you to believe in me as much as I believe in myself."

In true Nalie fashion, she then expressed her gratitude to her Instagram following.

⁣⁣"Thank you for your space this summer. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your dms and daily comments on my last post (I read them all )."

"Thank you for understanding that even the strongest most resilient Thrivers need breaks! ⁣⁣⁣⁣I won't lie..."

"I am TIRED. But I'm fired up," she reassured everyone.

The strength it must take to share your cancer journey with 105,000 online followers, I simply cannot imagine.

Her positive attitude, strength, charisma, and dedication to the fight are just a few of her admirable qualities. 

Her most recent post shows family members shaving their heads with her.

With the love and support from the people in her life, as well as her community and fans, we believe Nalie is going to come back stronger than ever. 

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