“Life was at its peak as my 25-year-old self went about pursuing my dreams and loving life. Then one fine day, my nipple started bleeding and I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The tumour was about 6cm and had spread to my lymph nodes. It was stage 2b cancer. I was devastated.
Throughout the course of chemotherapy, my body became alien to me. It was not so much hair loss or regular fatigue but my sudden forgetfulnnes, shorter attention span and clumsy movements that irked me. My body was unpredictable as a simple cough could turn into a fever or a tiny sneeze could turn into a cold within the next hour. I was also gaining weight despite having difficulty eating proper meals.
Fortunately I’m blessed to be surrounded by amazing friends and supportive family. Even my doctors and nurses were like family to me. They have walked me through this journey with much compassion and love. I spent most of my time in the hospital and at home during the healing process, but they created a comfortable and fun environment for me to brave through the challenging days. I’m grateful that I didn’t have to go through this journey alone.
I’ve learnt that no matter how challenging life can be, don’t shut yourself from the world. Even if you can find one person whom you can truly be yourself with – be it your sibling, mother, friend or spouse – someone to pour your heart and soul to, it’s good enough. No man is an island. Life is easier when we choose to let others be there for us.” – Hiba Abd Rahman, Breast Cancer Survivor