It’s official. Anne Pratt has been diagnosed with stage 3 gastric cancer. She remains hopeful for the best possible outcome and a planned future of ‘possibility.’ As we say in Africa, ‘it takes a village.’ With divine intervention, she is surrounded by remarkable medical teams and personal cheerleaders. Scientists, researchers, and medical experts, who work tirelessly nationally and internationally to find the best possible cure. She is empowered by ‘Mandela’s Leadership Blueprint,’ a roadmap to transition from despair, to hope, and possibility, just one bold step at a time. But what would this all mean for the Leading Boldly into the Future podcast? Importantly, learn too how you can touch the lives of those you love and save lives with early detection. Tune in for this special announcement.
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“Stage 3 Gastric Cancer – Going for Cure” Special Message from Anne Pratt in the USA
A Special Message from Me to You
I’m here with a special message. I have been diagnosed with stage three stomach cancer, and ‘We Are Going for Cure.’ Firstly, I want to thank you for engaging and sharing many of the episodes and social media posts on multiple platforms worldwide. Most know this is part of a much bigger initiative, the Global Mandela Leadership Movement for Change, cofounded with over 80 thought leaders worldwide who care passionately about transforming the leadership crisis to make this world a loving, lasting, and better world for all.
The last several weeks have been overwhelming with heightened uncertainty, gravity, and possibility. Millions worldwide, what started as a misdiagnosed healing stomach ulcer on March 21st, 2023, changed to stage three stomach cancer in just a few weeks. I remain hopeful for the best possible outcome to (not only) survive but thrive. As we say in Africa, “It takes a village.”
I have had successful visits with preeminent gastroenterologists, oncologists, and gastro-oncology surgeons backed up by dedicated medical support teams, patient navigators, and oncology centers. These purposeful men and women move mountains daily to act fast and cure cancer patients. I have been strengthened personally by an amazing group of people in my life, friends who are loving, caring, compassionate, and who have gone way beyond the extra mile.
I live in a leading-edge country in the United States of America with pioneering scientists, researchers, and doctors who work tirelessly with scientists nationally and internationally to find the best possible treatments to cure cancer. Many of these include the search for immunotherapy drugs and trials to complement chemo and gastro surgery.
What is the plan? Like exercising leadership, it takes one bold step at a time. Medically, I have already had the first of six pre-surgery chemotherapies and have been tested for key immunotherapy drugs. Surgery is planned in a few months once the tumor has shrunk. Post-surgery, the plan is for more chemotherapy and an ongoing search for immunotherapy drugs and trials.It takes one bold step at a time. Click To Tweet
Mentally, I have been practicing more mental flossing to clear my mind. Physically, I have a fabulous hairdresser who makes me feel good. I eat healthily, I sleep a lot, and exercise gently. Emotionally, it has been a roller coaster. I have been up and down, but I process, acknowledge, and feel my emotions. I listen to happy, upbeat music and inspiring stories. Socially, I’m surrounded by amazing people. Spiritually, I’m doing more of my inner work. I practice daily affirmations and gratitude and draw comfort from nature, and I’m fueled by my faith.
I’m sharing this in the interest of transparency and to give you context for the changing weekly schedule of our episodes and social media posts, which will now feature monthly to give me time for my intensive Cancer Cure Plan. In between, my support team and I will continue to update you and share inspirational quotes. Importantly, I want to give a shout-out to early diagnosis and urge men and women alike to educate themselves about this disease.
Stomach cancer often presents like an ulcer. Find the best early detection diagnostic tools fast, including endoscopies, biopsies, and endoscopy ultrasounds. Listen to your body. Dare I say, “Trust your gut. You are your best advocate.” Communicate your body symptoms and medical needs assertively, descriptively, and quickly, and ensure your valid medical questions are fully answered. Build a positive team around you. Be kind to yourself, and perhaps most importantly, Act and Act Fast.
Nelson Mandela once said, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” Have I felt fear? Definitely, but I’m a believer. I woke up early this morning at sunrise and watched a brilliant burnt orange sun rise above the treetops and shine through my upstairs window. I believe in miracles. I’m also an ovarian cancer “thriver.” The stakes are a little higher, but we have done it before, and with my remarkable teams, we can do it again. I’m inspired by the courageous men and women that come before me who beat stage three stomach cancer. Significantly, I’m inspired by you, thoughtful, bold leaders who think and act daily to make this world a loving, lasting and better world for all.
By going through this incredible journey, please know that I will miss you, and please stay connected. Every month, we have courageous champions of change coming out on our show and being featured on social media posts. You can also contact me personally on LinkedIn, Twitter, or my website contact page. I would love to hear from you.
Until next time, thank you for your unwavering online and offline support to magnify this message and build this global movement. Your purpose, your passion, and your persistence energize, uplift, and inspire me.
Come back soon and tune in. The world needs you to lead boldly too. Bless you, and thank you.
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About Anne Pratt
Anne Pratt, the author of the upcoming book Mandela’s Leadership Blueprint, is an urgent response to this pivotal global moment and the worldwide leadership crisis. In a world where global existential threats, challenges, and opportunities transcend national borders and national populist thinking cannot survive, it offers a radical new way to think, act, and lead.
Nelson Mandela transformed himself, changed a nation, and galvanized the world. Mandela’s Leadership Blueprint is the future of leadership and what the world needs now.
Resident in the USA, Anne is a Harvard fellow, one of forty-five top leaders worldwide, a multi-awarded businesswoman, and an International Women’s Forum member. She completed an MBA at one of South Africa’s leading business schools, a post-graduate degree in Psychology, and majored in Economics and Psychology at a leading South African University. She was a part-time University lecturer in Psychology, in Leadership at top business schools and co-founded and ran a leading internationally aligned executive search firm for eighteen years. She hosts the Podcast Leading Boldly into the Future and is co-founder of the Global Mandela Leadership Movement for Change with over 80 thought leaders worldwide. She is frequently featured in the media.
Anne met Nelson Mandela and worked with his Board to place the Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO in turbulent times. She advised South African government Cabinet Ministers, Chairpersons and Directors of listed and unlisted boards, and corporate executives in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. From age three, she danced on a public stage – she believes life and leadership are a dance. As Nelson Mandela did for South Africa and the world, like the global anti-apartheid movement that helped bring the apartheid government to its knees, and like the international hit song (and dance) “Jerusalema,” we can once again ignite and unite in bold global action to tackle the worlds toughest challenges to not only survive but thrive. We are all called to lead.