I am Catherine Sum, 61 years old, breast cancer stage 4 relapsed patient. I went for a MRI scan when I felt a great pain on my back shoulder. In November 2018, the doctor suspected that I had cancer and thus admitted me to hospital on the same day. After being hospitalised for 8 days and undergoing various check-ups, I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Furthermore, the cancer cells had spread to my liver, lungs and bones.
I was very shocked when the doctor told me about the diagnosis. After I was discharged from the hospital, my employer found out about my diagnosis and terminated my employment with effect from January 2019. I felt even more depressed after that.
My CT scan did not show any improvement of my condition even after 4 rounds of chemotherapy in January 2019. The doctor then advised me to change to a different type of treatment, but the new treatment was very costly.
Even though I’m unable to change the results of the treatment, I often tell myself that I have to face every situation positively and follow dutifully to the doctor’s advice. After receiving treatment in April 2019, I asked my friend what I could do to keep myself active. She then introduced me to 365 Cancer Prevention Society (365CPS).
Since joining the Society, I actively participated in the health talks, activities and programmes. In particular, the Detox Exercises have benefitted me greatly and helped me in becoming healthier and happier. After doing the exercises, my shoulder pain has lessened, I could stretch more to lift my hands higher, and I could bend my legs with ease and without pain. I also enjoy Zumba, Knitting and 365 Restorah Exercise classes. 365CPS also prepares healthy meals for cancer patients and encourages us to have a healthy and balanced diet to prevent malnutrition while maintaining a healthy weight.
I wish to thank all the 365CPS volunteers and donors for the encouragement during my cancer fighting journey. 365CPS has indeed helped and benefitted many cancer patients who were lost and did not know where to turn to.
At this present moment, I am still undergoing treatment. I do not know what the future holds. But I would like to encourage every cancer fighter that even if we are diagnosed with cancer, we must still look at the bright side and live our lives as per normal. Most importantly, we must keep a happy heart and keep away negative thoughts. I believe we will recover from it.