Alone in Doha: OFW Fought Cancer

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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.

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