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Rarawai Mill Celebrates Pinktober With Sister Florence Recalling Her Fight Against Cancer

Staff of the Fiji Sugar Corporation’s Rarawai Mill in Ba heard first hand the pain a mother of two went through after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Florence Fong, a
17 Oct 2018 11:45
Rarawai Mill Celebrates Pinktober With Sister Florence Recalling Her Fight Against Cancer
Sister Florence Fong of Ba Mission Hospital. Photo: Charles Chambers

Staff of the Fiji Sugar Corporation’s Rarawai Mill in Ba heard first hand the pain a mother of two went through after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Florence Fong, a Sister at the Ba Mission Hospital was the chief guest at the mill’s Pinktober morning tea which was attended by senior mill personnel and all the female staff.

The mill’s general manager Taito Kafoa said the idea behind the morning tea was to raise awareness on can­cer and also raise funds that would then be donated to the Fiji Cancer Society.

He said that all the mill’s departments had raised funds in an effort to assist the fight against cancer.

Mrs Fong, 52, said she first noticed a lump on her breast in 2012 and after initially being told by a doctor at the Lautoka Hospital to return after six weeks.

“This was after they took some fluid from the lump,” Mrs Fong said.

“I told him six weeks was too long and he told me it was not cancer. I walked out of the hospital that day a very disappointed woman.”

After being diagnosed with cancer, she said to herself “Lord I am going to get treatment and you are going to heal me. I never looked back after that.

“It was one hell of a journey – it was not easy. I cried, I laughed, I was sad, I was happy and it brought so much commitment in my family but I never looked back.”

She had an operation at the Lautoka Hospital and in July 2012 she was told she had stage two breast cancer and she had to have radiation and chemotherapy treat­ment.

Her journey took her to India for radiation treatment because it was not available in Fiji and which also resulted in her having to lose her uterus through the treatment she had received earlier.

She explained all the treatments she had received how she eventually lost her hair through chemotherapy.

Having a bald head made her ashamed of meeting friends and she had to wear wig most of the time.

Mrs Fong told of having to exceed her sick leave days and having her pay deducted but she has since recov­ered and is back at work.

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