Hello my name is Kimberley and I’ve cancer. Back in December last year, I wrote a long note on Facebook about journeying with cancer. I wrote the note because I was tired of keeping up with the web of lies that I had spun when people asked where I had been the past year.
Much to my utter surprise, many people actually shared my note. Others got in touch with me saying that they were very inspired by my writing.
Another reason I wrote that note was because I wanted to demystify cancer. Cancer is a disease that till today has no cure. It is a disease that doesn’t discriminate and can affect everyone and anyone. Yet what we know is often mixed with half truths and superstition, hearsay and grandmother-tales.
Recently someone sent me a message telling me to stop drinking cold water as it freezes my guts, causing it to malfunction and eventually leading to cancer.
The honest truth is that as much as I wanted to demystify cancer, blogging about it scares me. It scares me because chronicling everything in a manner that is easily understandable and stripped of medical jargon means that you guys are better able to understand what battling cancer is like, and are able to ask questions. Don’t get me wrong. I would love to hear from you and please do feel free to ask away. It is just that it forces me to deal with things openly and to stop hiding in the shadows.
Maybe because I have been insatiably consulting Dr Google, stories about other cancer patients, such as Ming’s and Mao’s, kept appearing on my feed. Something Mao said struck a cord. According to her people in Japan rarely talked about cancer and that people only hear about the disease when someone beats it or dies from it. To me it feels like it is pretty similar here in Singapore as well.
Exactly seven months since my first note and battling a relapse, I’ve finally found enough guts to carry on their legacy and to put up this blog.
This is going to be a raw and unadulterated journey, and it takes guts. So subscribe if you would love to journey with me.
In the meantime, live boldly: