I am Andrea, an 18 years old cancer survivor being assisted by Sarawak Childrens Cancer Society in Malaysia. I am here to share my experience of being a cancer patient. I am here to tell you that cancer gave me a very special experience that not everyone will go through. I am grateful now that my condition is under control and it is no longer as serious . By thinking more positively, I grew more mature and strong enough to overcome the challenges brought by cancer in my life.
For those who are reading my story, I hope that you may be inspired to put in a little more effort to helping cancer patients. The kids who are battling cancer need your help to go through this prolonged process. #DOMORE.CAREMORE #ACT NOW.
“You are diagnosed with 60% – 70% leukemia.” This was the sentence that changed my entire life and also affected my family. For the first three months, I kept asking myself: Why me? Did I do something wrong so God wanted to punish me?
I was very moody and negative, I was not willing to talk to people, and kept quiet most of the time. I cried in the late nights because I did not want anyone to see my tears, I pretended that I was strong enough to go through this “abnormal life”. I thought whether I would die. But I knew the only thing I could do was to accept the truth and keep moving on.
The most challenging period was during the chemotherapy treatment and taking medicine . I think no one likes taking medicine, right? Me too. Just imagine that you have to have to take medicine everyday. There was once, I had to take up to 50 pills a day because I had chicken pox. So, you can imagine how life threatening it was when we are had other diseases. For me, the chemotherapy treatment was horrible. It caused me to vomit, lose my appetite and I felt very tired all the time.
From 15 April 2015, I knew I was different from other teenagers. I have low immunity compared to them. I must stay away from my peers when they have flu, cough or fever. I have to wear a mask when I go out. These few things showed me and made me feel different..made me feel that I was not a “normal” person anymore. How wrong I was. I am “different” but still “normal”. This disease had brought intense difficulties and extreme effects to my family. It is hard for my parents to accept that their child is diagnosed with cancer. When I was suffering, they felt helpless and sad. However, I am very glad that they have been very positive throughout my journey in supporting me. Although they did not say it in words, I could feel it in their loving actions and supportive care .