Survivor Stories: “I Had To Get Well For My Kids” Shares This Mum-Of-Three

In early February 2013, Sharon Phua, 46, felt a lump in her right breast. She delayed her checkup and was diagnosed with stage 1 cancer in April 2013. Read her story here

(Left) Sharon while battling breast cancer; (Right) Sharon today, having conquered the disease. (Photos courtesy of Sharon Phua)

“In early February 2013, I felt a lump in my right breast, just below my armpit,” Sharon recounts. Then just 41 years old, the mother-of-three felt calm as she had just gone for a breast check in October 2012 and results were all clear. “I delayed seeing a doctor until April, and was referred to a specialist at SGH (Singapore General Hospital) who did a biopsy and confirmed that I was at the first stage of breast cancer.”

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“I was devastated, and my immediate concerns was wondering how much time I had left and who would take care of my three children, who were 21, 20 and 12 years old, if I was no longer around. I still want to see my kids grow up and get married, I still want to see my grandchildren. I actually cried almost every night. Another concern was the financial burden of my treatments, but my family and company insurance helped me through.”

Sharon with her beautiful family: (From left) Her husband, Adrian, eldest son Jeryl, second son Odette, and daughter Jewel. (Photo courtesy of Sharon Phua)

“Through the encouragement of my family, church friends, my boss and colleagues, I took up the challenge, shaved all my hair off.” – Sharon

Sharon was reluctant to go for chemotherapy at first. “I was scared because I heard it’s torture and there are side effects, like my hair would drop and my body would become weak. But through the encouragement of my family, church friends, my boss and colleagues, I took up the challenge, shaved all my hair off.”

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