Alone in Doha: OFW Fought Cancer
Don’t let Honey’s sweet name and equally sweet demeanor fool you. Underneath is a fierce survivor with unbreakable spirit. October is breast cancer awareness month, and I feel honored that Honey Mangubat trusted me to tell her story. What’s unique about her case is that she fought breast cancer alone while working as an OFW for a five star hotel in Doha, Qatar.
In complete remission now, she still continues to fight breast cancer through her advocacy of awareness. She invites everyone to Pink Zumba: a dance-for-a-cause on October 15, Sunday 6AM at The Rodelsa Circle (Paseo del Rio, tickets at P150). Come in PINK to show support for those in treatment or to remember loved ones whose lives were lost to breast cancer.
Honey said that the best defense is early detection through breast self-exam. In fact, that’s how she discovered hers on February 2014. She narrated: “I was putting on my makeup, naked after showering, when I noticed the lump in my right breast. My left breast also looked normal; however, the right looked smaller, with the nipple slightly inverted. I was so scared!”
She called the hotel nurse, who advised to observe if it will go away after her period. When it did not, Honey went to the doctor. She recounted: “I was referred to a surgeon and had tests: ultrasound, mammogram, fine needle biopsy, core needle biopsy. I’ve been pricked a lot of times. One needle was really big, I wanted to faint. But the most harrowing part was the wait. The results came after two weeks.” technology I could call family when I felt down.”
Honey with her mom, Emma. The former credits her faith as one of her strongest allies in her cancer journey.