Hi friends! On January 27th I will be forming a team with 4 other young breast cancer patients in their 30s to participate in a short 3.5km walkathon (Pink Walk 2019) to raise funds for the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation. Although this is not a challenging marathon, all 5 of us have just completed surgery, chemo and radiotherapy, and all of us are moms to young children, so it will already be quite a challenge! When I was first diagnosed, HKBCF provided a care package for every breast cancer related surgery in the hospitals, and when i reached out for help fresh out of surgery, they immediately assigned me to a social worker who had recovered patients call me to share their experiences. After my surgery, I also regularly attended their young patients support group, an extremely valuable resource to have and an immense source of comfort for me when I felt hopeless and lost.
In view of my birthday coming up, and breast cancer awareness month in October, the greatest gift you can give me or any cancer patient is a donation to this local organisation!
For every dollar that you donate, I will match your donation to support METAvivor, an NGO dedicated to metastatic (stage 4) breast cancer research. Did you know that breast cancer will come back as metastatic in approximately 30% of early stage cancer patients, and that the survival rate is only 22%? We are all terrified! Please help me contribute to a cure.
Same as all cancer patients, i encountered many emotional struggles during my diagnosis and treatments, which I thankfully overcame with the support of my community. If you are interested in reading about my mastectomy story, see my blog here.