Receiving news of her diagnosis just one week after her youngest son’s birthday was a blow to Sylvia Ong’s life. The writer and 35-year-old mother of 3 told us what motivated her in her battle, and how she overcame it.
- When were you diagnosed and at what age?
I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid carcinoma in October 2014 – just a week after I celebrated my youngest and third child’s first birthday. I was 33 at the time.
- What was your first reaction when you were told that you had cancer?
I couldn’t believe my ears. I kept thinking the doctor was going to tell me that he made a mistake somewhere. Because how was that possible? Me – cancer? There was no pain, no symptoms, nothing, and furthermore, I was still breastfeeding my child at the time.
- How did you find the strength to go through the treatments?
It was definitely my mum and my three kids, I wanted to be well for them again. Also, my doctor was very encouraging, as he kept telling me that thyroid cancer is the best cancer to have. There was a high chance of making a full recovery, and there was no need for chemotherapy since it doesn’t react to it, and it was just a surgery to worry about.
Sylvia will be participating in Run For Hope 2017. Join her and thousands of other survivors to raise awareness and support for cancer research at http://tinyurl.com/zn6kqyd.