Yao’s battle with can­cer

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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