I’M A SUR­VIVOR

CLEO (Singapore) - - ADULTING -

It’s not easy deal­ing with a can­cer di­ag­no­sis, so hav­ing a sup­port sys­tem can make all the dif­fer­ence. We asked breast can­cer sur­vivors (and their care­givers!) what gave them strength dur­ing their bat­tle, and here are their an­swers.

God made me with a strong will, so I charged for­ward dur­ing the nine months of chemo­ther­apy and ra­dio­ther­apy treat­ments know­ing in my heart that I’ll be com­pletely healed. I’ve been in the pink of health for 22 years now. Also, my fam­ily gave me a lot of strength by be­ing my pil­lar of sup­port.” – Cally Koh, 53

“We told her she can’t go back in time and change the fact that she has can­cer, but she can change the end­ing. And she did!” – Jas­mine Koh, 56, Cally’s older siser

The un­con­di­tional love and sup­port from my fam­ily and friends helped me face the di­ag­no­sis, com­plete the treat­ment, and move for­ward with my life. They made me see that some­times, storms come not to dis­rupt your life, but to clear a path.” – Pika Sen, 45

“It was dev­as­tat­ing to see my en­er­getic, high oc­tane wife and mother of my two young chil­dren knocked down by this chal­leng­ing di­ag­no­sis. The vi­sion of her re­turn­ing to full health and hap­pi­ness after the gru­el­ing treat­ments kept me fo­cused on a hope­ful fu­ture.” – Su­nit Ch­habra, 47, Pika’s hus­band

Re­mem­ber that can­cer is just a word! Stay strong, and make peo­ple won­der why you’re still smil­ing.” – Linda Ng, 51

One of the many things that can­cer taught me is that I had to rely on oth­ers for help. My hus­band be­came my strength dur­ing the times when I was most vul­ner­a­ble and ter­ri­fied. With­out his sup­port, I don’t know how I would have made it through the tough­est times of my jour­ney. Th­ese ex­pe­ri­ences have def­i­nitely brought us much closer than we were be­fore.” – Amy Neary, 48

“Be­ing there for my wife dur­ing her fight with can­cer brought us closer to­gether and made our re­la­tion­ship stronger. Sure, there were tough mo­ments but it helped de­fine what re­ally mat­tered in life – each other!” Dan Neary, 52, Amy’s hus­band

I found strength that I didn’t know I had since my di­ag­no­sis. I wanted to fight on and stay alive. I wanted to be healthy again and spend time with my loved ones – my hus­band, fam­ily, and close friends, who gave me im­mense sup­port through­out the bat­tle.” – Branda Lai, 31

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