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Mother of 3: Her Battle with Thyroid Cancer


Sylvia and her family are banning together in the battle against cancer.

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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