Archive | March, 2012

Surviving Cancer

31 Mar

This is a great post from Livestrong – a video of Genae Girard, a breast cancer survivor on the various stages and coping mechanisms post-cancer.

When I look back at my cancer journey, it is very clear to me that the most difficult stages are the beginning (diagnosis) and the recovery (after treatment). Although there is not much emphasis on post-treatment care, I feel that it is imperative that every patient is duly prepared by the medical team about the challenges post-treatment, both physically and mentally. Being mentally prepared for the new normal will make the transition back to life a lot easier and less stressful.

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D-Day

5 Mar

Two years ago today, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

After hearing the news, I was stunned beyond words. The first person I called at that time was my good friend Theresa. Afraid of scaring people with my loud and uncontrollable sobbing, I sat on a curb at a corner of an open-air car park, telling my friend I have cancer.

I still remember her first words, “Oh shit.” Yup, exactly.

Since then, life has taken a different path. As I cleared out my photo frames in the flat, I looked at old pictures of myself with longer hair, looking like a stranger. Life will never be the same again, and I’m not sure if I want to be the same person again too.

For this special day, we decided to commemorate it with a slice of good chocolate cake and a sparkler, courtesy of the restaurant. Two years on, I’m still here, and that’s surely something to celebrate!