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Cancer survivor and carer share personal experience

October 25, 2018 4:32 am

77 Fijians have lost their lives to breast cancer in the first seven months of this year.

The Health Ministry today revealed that more than a hundred deaths were recorded last year due to the killer disease.

During a Women in Business Breakfast in Suva today, Cancer survivor Mereoni Taginadavui shared her personal experience with a disease that does not discriminate.

”The pain and the shame, the depression is all part of the package. People talk about you’ll lose all your hair and it’s not going to grow back again. In the last nineteen I haven’t allowed the cancer to touch my heart because beauty is not having two breasts, it’s who you are within.”

Sainimili Nasilasila who took care of her father until his last breath says she had to leave her family behind in the UK.

”The journey with him taught us a few things. It taught us to have more patient. It taught us the real importance of dignity. The journey with him reminded us as well that it was okay not to be okay and that it was perfectly okay to cry.”

Meanwhile, various stakeholders and business corporates were part of the event – which is also aimed at supporting children with cancer.