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Battle Words From Cancer Fighter

To women out there who are living with cancer – Please be brave. Get treatment and fight. Because you are worth it! These were the inspiring words of stage three
02 Nov 2014 12:07
Battle Words From Cancer Fighter
Cancer survivor Lynette Robinson (right), with daughter Leaine Robinson at the Pinktober celebration at the Tanoa Plaza on Friday night. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

To women out there who are living with cancer – Please be brave. Get treatment and fight. Because you are worth it!

These were the inspiring words of stage three cervical cancer survivor, Lynette Robinson, who was part of the Pinktober Reception at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel on Friday night.

“In 2008 I was diagnosed with stage three cervical cancer. I underwent a radical hysterectomy and thankfully, through a very experienced doctor, Dr Nainoca and lots of prayers and what I believed was a lucky outcome, I needed no further treatment and continued with life as normal.

“I was aware of the five- year window period where they say that the cancer might return but I honestly thought that I was out of the woods and had beaten cancer.”

However five years later in March 2013, Mrs Robinson was being told that she had stage three breast cancer.

“I couldn’t believe it. This cancer thing was back again. I was devasted.That night I went home and my daughter and I cried. We cried till we had no more tears.

“Anyone who knows me knows that I am a strong willed person, determined and hardworking. And really, ladies and gentlemen, this is how I approached my battle with breast cancer.”

She had mastectomy done in the same month and surgeon Dr Josese Turagava performed the operation at the Suva Private Hospital.

“My treatment plan recommended that I also do chemo radiation. After three months of healing, I started chemotherapy at the Oncology Unit at Colonial War Memorial Hospital. I had 16 cycles of chemo spread out over six months. My last chemo session was on December 9, 2013.

“Early this year I completed my radiotherapy treatment at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. I underwent 24 cycles of radiation over a period of three months.

She said her battle with cancer was one of the hardest and darkest times in his life as it tested her physical and mental strength, faith and thinking ability.

“Nobody tells you how hard chemo is going to be. Not only the physical toll it takes on your body but how can it test even the most strongest of people.

“I am a strong person but even a strong person needs a helping hand .If you think I am strong you should meet my beautiful daughter, Leaine, who is my rock and the reason I was able to complete my treatment.

“Prevention is really the most important thing. We need to educate ourselves, look after ourselves and be kinder to our bodies.”

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