Barely a month ago, Adibah was diagnosed with a Stage 2 breast cancer. She had lived with a lump on her right breast for already 3 years but the lump that occasionally throb with minor discomfort, had never bothered her until recently. Adibah ignored the discomfort until a week before Eidul Fitri when the throbbing pain lasted longer than usual. Her sister, a medical officer at the Sungai Buloh Hospital took her in for a medical examination but comforted Adibah by suspecting the lump to be an excess fluid. The Doctor said, the symptoms of a painful lump is usually normal and is not cancerous. A cancerous lump usually would not cause any pain and is usually a silent killer. It could probably be some excess fluid or a lymph node. The doctor prescribed a two weeks supply of antibiotics and send her back home.
Two weeks later, the pain did not subside, the lump was still throbbing and the pain was still there. Adibah's sister suggested for Adibah to self-examine under her armpit for any other lump. This is one self-examination that many women failed to perform due to either own ignorance or lack of knowledge. Adibah discovered another smaller lump. Her sister doctor immediately took Adibah for an Ultrasound at the hospital on the eve of Hari Raya, then took a biopsy or a sample of lump fluid, send it for further examination and made an appointment for Adibah to meet a specialist surgeon. The result of the biopsy was received approximately a month later and indicated an abnormalities.
Two of Adibah's cousin from her father's family had stage 2 and stage 4 breast cancer. A cousin from her mother's family died of breast cancer. Adibah's auntie (mother's sister) too had breast cancer and was under a remission for 10 good years before being diagnose with a stomach cancer. The memory of her Aunt was distinctive because when her aunt was admitted at the hospital, she died slowly and painfully. Adibah spend alot of time with her Aunt at the hospital and her Aunt always held Adibah's hand and at one point before her departure, the Aunt told Adibah that she has the smoothest hand and had Adibah to promised her, to always keep it smooth. Another aunt, the cousin to Adibah's mother was diagnosed with a breast cancer stage 4.
Adibah had always foresee herself to live until she exceeded the age of 80. She envisioned to see her daughter grow up to be independent, walk down the aisle of love and married with children. She only wants the best for her daughter, to know that her daughter is happily married and is in good hands before she is ready to depart. The diagnosis although in some way had affected Adibah emotionally but Adibah was determined to at least see through her daughter's graduation.
Adibah is always ever so positive, strong and funny. Adibah is scheduled for a second surgery to clear all the lymph node of any cancer and to check if the cancer had spread but that does not deter her from wanting to live a normal life. Adibah will not allow the cancer to affect her, she will be strong for her daughter because she is the only shoulder that her daughter have. Beside that, I want to start back bootcamping!! At this moment, this is what I missed the most!, Adibah said in a more cheerful note. Adibah conveyed her deepest gratitude to her family at COBC.
Adibah's lung is cleared of cancer but at the point of writing, Adibah is waiting for an ultrasound procedure to rule our cancer-spread to her stomach. Whatever the outcome of the ultrasound, Adibah is scheduled for a 2nd surgery. After the surgery, Adibah will have to go through 25 sessions of radiotherapy and 6 sessions of chemotherapy.
On behalf of every reader and COBC'ians, we pray to ALLAH swt for your speedy recovery and may ALLAH swt bless you with the strongest of strength and willpower. Both Dr Malek Aziz and I completely understand what you are going through and if ever you need someone to talk, please do not hesitate to contact us. Adibah, I am proud to have you as a friend. We are proud to have you in our COBC fraternity. You are not only important in our circle but you are really a true friend. Thank you for always being there for us. Now.. get well quick, we need you to scream HOOYAH with us during training!! HOOYAH!!
p/s- Prevention is always better than cure.. Take care of your health before its too late.
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