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February
#WorldCancerDay
#WeCanICan

Alisandra, Singapore

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It was a routine mammogram

My mum died of breast cancer when she was 38 years old. That was in 1980. I'd always been vigilant. Then, in a routine mammogram in October 2015, they found my tumour. It was early days. 0.5cm, lymph nodes were clear, but I was triple positive. I had a bilateral mastectomy because I was terrified of going through this a second time. I underwent 12 weeks of chemo. They say it's hard, they say that you'll lose your hair, but nothing quite prepares you for it. 

What helped me through it? Honestly, it was my family. My Husband and two young daughters. Especially my daughters, they were so strong and just knew how to lift my spirits. My Husband kept saying, "do it for the girls". I lost my mum when I was 7, I didn't want them to go through life without a Mother like I did. 

I'm a pilates instructor, and funnily enough I am a breast cancer specialist. I've been healing myself through pilates, and I want to do the same for others. 

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Cancer - the word causes deep fear in everyone. But I'm proof that if you catch it early; if you're vigilant; if you're aware; then you can live through it. 

I hear of many women who are terrified of getting mammograms because it hurts, or because they don't want to know the truth. I've also heard of women refusing chemo for fear of losing their hair, or feel they want to take 'alternative natural treatments'. This is their choice, but perhaps they aren't thinking of the people who are affected by their cancer? 

Cancer doesn't just affect you. It affects the people you love. Be vigilant. Get tested.