Singapore mum Mavis Leong was first identified with breast cancer in 2012 and was in remission for six years, till she was re-diagnosed with the sickness in 2018.
As a single mum of two, the stress she confronted was unimaginable, particularly when she needed to cease working to give attention to restoration.
We ask Mavis, who at the moment works as Financial Services Consultant with AIA Singapore, about her battle with cancer and the challenges she confronted alongside the best way.
TWO TIME BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR: JOURNEY OF A SINGLE MUM IN SINGAPORE
WHEN DID YOU FIRST SUSPECT THAT SOMETHING WAS WRONG? WHAT WERE THE SYMPTOMS?
“I used to be first identified with breast cancer in August 2012 and solely discovered that one thing was unsuitable after a routine medical check-up.
“My mom was beforehand identified with cervical cancer, however nobody in my household had breast cancer despite the fact that there’s a historical past of breast lumps.
“Fortunately for me, the cancer was diagnosed at stage 1.5. My family took the news well and my children always encouraged me to be strong and they would always check in on how I was feeling.”
WHERE DID YOU UNDERGO TREATMENT AND WHAT DID IT INVOLVE?
“I did a surgical procedure to take away the tumour at Gleneagles Hospital.
“After the surgical procedure, I needed to undergo 20 days of radiotherapy. There had been no severe uncomfortable side effects, aside from some bleeding once I ran for an extended distance, which was brought on by the hormone remedy capsule (tamoxifen) I used to be taking, that thickens the cervix wall.
“I still go for follow up check-ups with my breast specialist and oncologist once every six to nine months.”
WHO DID YOU TURN TO FOR SUPPORT, APART FROM FAMILY?
“I turned to the Singapore Cancer Society for help in 2012 and have continued to be a volunteer there since. I made many associates who may relate with my expertise they usually gave me precious recommendation. One essential factor I learnt was that cancer isn’t a ‘demise sentence’, however simply one other setback in life to assist us turn into stronger.
“Especially with my divorce in 2011, it really showed me how powerful it is to stay positive and focus on what you have, not what you have lost.”
HOW DID YOU DEAL WITH THE ILLNESS AS A SINGLE MUM OF 2, IN TERMS OF FINANCES AND EMOTIONAL TURMOIL?
“My kids, Nicholas and Alicia, had been my pillars of energy and most important supply of motivation. I solely cried as soon as, after my first radiotherapy session, then I targeted on recovering by going for therapies and guaranteeing that I used to be well-rested and consuming healthily.
“Having gone via cancer twice myself, I can not emphasise how essential having ample protection is to financially defend your self in opposition to surprising and unlucky occasions.
“In 2012 alone, I claimed about $538,000 from eight policies with critical illness (CI) benefit, and it really helped when I had to stop working for a while.”
HOW HAS CANCER CHANGED YOU IN TERMS OF DIET AND LIFESTYLE?
“I train 4 occasions per week and eat more healthy meals, and keep away from fried meals as this can be very unhealthy for the physique.
“I believe that the experience of overcoming cancer has given me an even more positive attitude and mindset, and has reminded me to not take good things and loved ones for granted. I am also learning to turn to God for peace more often.”
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE OTHER MUMS?
“Be positive, cry when you need, and talk to someone who has gone through a similar experience. It is good for healing.”
Thank you, Mavis, for sharing your journey with us. It has impressed us to remain constructive, it doesn’t matter what life throws at us.
This article was first printed in theAsianparent.
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