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Hi, my name is Annette, aged 24, diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer. I have been a teacher since I graduated. In the past few years, I realize I do love teaching and I am passionate about teaching young kids. They are my motivation to work, indeed.
Eariler this year, I went for a random body check-up and the doctor discovered there was something wrong with my ovary. An operation was then scheduled after two days in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately, after the surgery, the doctor told me that there was an aggressively invasive development of cancer tumours, and a malignant colorectal cancer tumour was found. I was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer. It was truly a huge huge blow to me, given I was at a young age of 24 (while all those advertisements are all urging those aged 50 or above for a colon check-up) - with a pleasant job, supportive family and boyfriend, lovable friends and churchmates ... What shall I do?
However heartbroken I felt at that moment, I was quick to receive chemotherapy one month after my surgery. So far the treatment has ended and I managed to survive (yay!). The process was not as devastating as I imagined before (feeling nauseous, loss of appetite, weight loss, occasional emotion breakdown... yea that's all); but still, it is quite an unforgettably unimaginable experience. As I do not have an insurance plan yet (thought it is still too young for me to receive that but obviously, well...), my retired parents are paying for my full medical bills. I am gratefully thankful for my parents being fully supportive; yet feeling incredibly sorrowful for not being able to work and support the family (I believe I can in the near future though！) Viewing those statistical data like "survival rate" and "mortality rate" of colorectal cancer from Google is like my regular practice every day. Those "x%" data often leave me a spine-shivering thought of death. For me, dying at such a young age while achieving nothing is indeed a shame. So, I started to think about what I could do to colour the world with joy and peace - as a little achievement of my life.
During the chemo period, I began discovering my new hobbies: watercolour painting and modern calligraphy. I started to spend my time (apart from regular exercise) painting artworks and designing cards for my beloved ones. The art exploration helps me to meditate a lot and showers me with new hopes and grace. World does not seem so grim to me now (at least I have left my colourful footprint here:D) and I am now fully geared to welcome a new world of art creation, and gradually developed my own brand: Floralosophy (follow me on Instagram!), which sells florally designed artworks to give blessings to others. In return for your understanding and support, I feel more than delighted to offer you my hand-painted artworks as a sign of appreciation and gratitude.
Thank you so much for reading this and getting to understand my situation. Your kind donation can enable me to receive proper follow-up treatment and sponsor my way to create more inspiring artworks to help spread the message of love. Your kind act is much appreciated and I really thank wholeheartedly for your consideration and understanding. May God bless us all. Thank you so much.
Welcome to leave me a comment to show your kind support! I will stay bright and upright as always - as an act to thank the people who have poured their love upon me ：）
With lots of love and thanks,
＊Apologize in advance for some flaws may be present in hand-painted works.