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Saturday, October 06, 2007


Thank you to all who prayed and wished for my father's good health. Whether you called, texted, emailed or said a silent prayer on your own, I truly appreciate your kind action.

My father was diagnosed with cancer lately. The scientific name is Carcinoma of the Ampulla of Vater. If you do some Googling, you'll know that it's not a common cancer. Basically, he has a growth near his liver and pancreas. I was never good at Biology, but I can tell you it's not a nice place to have an abnormal growth. It affects a lot of things related to the digestion of foods due to its position. So when you have trouble digesting your food, then surely you know other complications will follow.

As I am writing this, Papa was discharged from the hospital this morning. Had I written this last week like I intented to, I would have told you all is well but a few days ago he was admitted again due to mild vomiting. Alhamdulillah he has gone through 10 sessions of radiotherapy and 2 rounds of chemotherapy. He has responded to treatment quite well, because I anticipated the chemo sessions to be painful and agonising. Alas, he was well enough even to commute from Seremban to Nilai daily for his treatment although not driving of course.

Cancer is an awful disease. You could never imagine how to respond when you are told that your loved one is diagnosed with it. I could hardly believe it at first. It was like a ton of bricks just came smashing down on your life. I hope none of you will go through that experience. A truly horrible experience.

Slowly but surely, the family has embraced this fact. We know things will never be the same after this. Going in and out of the hospital will be a normal routine. Life will go on albeit a difference in daily routine. And I thank God for giving us the strength till now.

I've learned a lot about cancer for the past few weeks. When I was first informed of the disease, I contacted MAKNA to learn what I can about cancer and its survivors. The doctors and staff at Nilai Cancer Hospital were exceptionally helpful too. They really made the early stages very much tolerable. One thing I can say is, the environment at the Cancer Hospital is very conducive for cancer patients. Being a terminal disease, they really try their best in making it so much easier for the patients. I almost shed a tear reading a few Thank You notes sent in by patients and some from their surviving relatives. And since everyone treated there has cancer, you can feel the bond and strength of the patients as they battle on against this horrible disease.

I'd like to end this with a quote from a survivor that I read from one of the walls of the hospital:
"Being diagnosed with cancer is not a death sentence. The most important thing is to never lose hope."

I hope we'll never lose hope.

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