WE ARE STRONGER, TOGETHER

 

 

 

This October, PAZZION invites everyone to stand #StrongerTogether to celebrate the women who have displayed strength, courage and resilience during their battle against breast cancer. The campaign aims to spread awareness that early detection saves lives and saves breasts.

A limited edition Pink Ribbon Suede Heels is released in conjunction with a series of personal stories by four breast cancer survivors who have courageously opened up about their journey, in hopes that it will be a great source of support and inspiration for women.

Breast cancer survivors: Inspirational stories of comfort and support

Branda was only 28 years old when breast cancer interrupted her life. She was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy and endured bouts of negative emotions when the side effects – not to mention, hair loss – kicked in.

From the initial resistance and shock, Branda’s thoughts kept revolving around the cause of her illness, “I kept thinking, why me? I was young, led a relatively healthy lifestyle. I never thought I would have cancer, definitely not at this age.”

But giving up was not an option for her. With the support of her family, friends and her husband, Branda steeled herself for the journey. On days when her self-esteem dipped, Branda’s husband always reassured her that he would never give up on her. Branda shared, “I didn’t even want to look at myself in the mirror. But even when I had no makeup on, no eyelashes, brows and no hair, my husband would say, ‘You look so beautiful today.’”

When asked about the advice she has for other women, Branda added, “Be vigilant about body changes, do regular self-checks, and do not take health for granted.”

 

Branda, 31, Legal Recruiter

 

 

 

 

 

Zhichun, 33, Executive Assistant

Zhichun suffered a double blow when she was in her late 20s. She discovered a lump on her right breast when she was only 26, but dismissed it as a menstrual lump. It wasn’t until six months later that she went for a check and was diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer in 2010.

She underwent a surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but her road to recovery was not smooth sailing as she learned that it had developed into metastatic cancer just a few months after her wedding in 2011. Zhichun is now on long-term palliative chemotherapy, and is undergoing her fifth year as a stage 4 breast cancer patient.

This journey has caused Zhichun to reflect on the brevity of life, and set her heart and mind on things that truly matters. She said, “No matter how short life is going to be, how the prognosis will turn out, I now live each day as it is, enjoying what I do, and being thankful for every single day.”

This journey has caused Zhichun to reflect on the brevity of life, and set her heart and mind on things that truly matters. She said, “No matter how short life is going to be, how the prognosis will turn out, I now live each day as it is, enjoying what I do, and being thankful for every single day.”

“Check your breasts every month, regardless of age. Be aware of your body and any changes. Consult a doctor if you are in doubt and don’t procrastinate.” This is the advice from Cellina to every other women. 

Cellina had always had regular mammograms, but stopped in 2009. When she finally resumed her routine mammograms in 2014, she was diagnosed with stage 1 lobular cancer – an uncommon type of breast cancer which occurs in the milk-producing glands – something that was taboo and unthinkable for her.

But with the full support and love from her family, as well as advice from other women who had gone before her, Cellina quelled her fears and fought on bravely.

Cellina is now on medication and has since become much more active, even participating in BCF’s Paddlers In The Pink dragon boat team where she draws strength from other women like herself. Her outlook on life has changed as well. Cellina said, “My husband and four kids used to come first. But after this journey, I learnt to love myself more, I make time for myself. And don’t worry so much!”

Cellina advises women to live life to the fullest and be thankful for everything, including the relationships with loved-ones.

 

 

Cellina, 57, Homemaker

 

Smita, 43, Homemaker

When Smita had her annual mammogram in 2015, she was diagnosed with non-invasive breast cancer and underwent mastectomy with reconstruction. Still, Smita was relieved that she had a 90% chance of surviving beyond 5 years, as early detection has saved her life and breasts.

Smita expressed how grateful she was to have received so much support, strength and positivity from her friends and husband. “In my toughest time, my husband encouraged me by setting small goals for me. Right after my operation, he said, ‘You have to be well and on your toes by Deepavali.’ I worked towards that and we have set many goals since then. It was really these small milestones, that kept me going” Smita said.

Today, Smita lives by the words of ‘life is too short’, and spends quality time with her family, focusing on the more important things in life.

Early detection is important for everyone. PAZZION strongly believes that enhanced awareness and vigilance in caring for your own health is key, as early detection of the disease leads to better chance of survival and recovery.

The launch of the limited edition Pink Ribbon Suede Heels will bring further attention to the importance of breast health. The heels are available at all PAZZION stores, as well as the e-store from 1st to 31st October 2017. It will retail at $76 and 30% of the net proceeds will go to BCF to fund their members’ activities.

 

 

 

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