Yao’s battle with cancer
FRESH-FACED and ready for what other obstacles lay ahead, Fat Frog Beach Cafe’s Sih Yao Yang has flown to Taiwan to receive another round of chemo.
“Now I’m in the frame of mind that I am going to beat it – it’s just a matter of time,” Ms Yang said positively on Friday morning.
Late last year the Taiwanese national discovered she had follicular lymphoma and was forced to leave her life in Airlie Beach to receive treatment in Taipei, Taiwan.
The treatment was predicted to cost $35,000 which the Fat Frog was able to help significantly with through fundraising dinners, tips and raffles.
“I don’t know how I’ll ever pay back the Fat Frog not just for the money but the love – the love they have given me through everything,” Ms Yang said.
Ms Yang was in Taiwan for three months before returning to Airlie Beach earlier this year where she was reunited with husband Jeongsoo Han (a chef at the cafe) and the rest of the Fat Frog gang.
She has since decided to only travel to Taiwan for three weeks every three months to receive treatment.
“It’s great to be able to come back here (to the Fat Frog for work). Everyone is so kind and don’t push me – they understand when I get tired,” she said.
So far Ms Yang has received seven rounds of chemo, she has now left Australia for her eighth round and has an estimated six more to go. Fat Frog owner Naomi McKinnon and staff were able to donate an additional $1200 to Ms Yang for her current trip through tips and raffles. “Their love is undeniable. At first finance was hard but I’m back working and they still care,” she said.
A real Lost in Translation love story, Ms Yang met Han in transit at the Brisbane airport when they were waiting to board a midnight flight to Melbourne.
The pair have lived in Airlie Beach since 2013.
BATTLE: Jeongsoo Han and Sih Yao Yang have faced many hardships since Ms Yang was diagnosed with cancer.