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Sometimes, we go to the doctor thinking we know what might be wrong and end up completely with a different diagnosis. For Jeannie Wang KC, this was one of those times.

 

Francis Koh

"You see things differently when you are on the receiving end. I became a patient going through treatment. Reality is very much different, no matter how much you think you are ready for it,” - Jeannie, nurse turned patient.  

Jeannie was experiencing very bad sinus and went to a General Practitioner’s clinic. The Doctor prescribed normal medication and sent her back home. Weeks went by, and she saw no improvement in her condition. She realised something was amiss and she went to a Polyclinic. She was then referred to an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist.

In February 2019, Jeannie was diagnosed with stage 3 nasopharyngeal cancer. She had to go through grueling weeks of radiation and chemo therapy. She was not able to speak clearly and swallow properly, as the treatment caused her throat to become dry. Jeannie was also struggling to manage work during her treatment.

Being a nurse, Jeannie was familiar with hospital environments. “You see things differently when you are on the receiving end. I became a patient going through treatment. Reality is very much different, no matter how much you think you are ready for it,” she said.

She braved that phase of her life and overcame all challenges. She went through scans to ensure that the cancer is controlled. But Jeannie faced another adversity in her life. Just when her treatment came to an end, she found herself without a job.

“It was very hard to manage at that point. I had to look after myself and needed to recuperate,” she added. It was at that time her oncologist referred her to Singapore Cancer Society Rehabilitation Centre.

Jeannie started her rehabilitation journey in late 2019. The cancer treatment side-effects also affected her body functions that help in preventing falls. She experienced muscle weakness, difficulty in balance and walking. She remembered that there were even times where she would fall walking down the road. She underwent several rehabilitation services including Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Dietetics and exercise programmes to manage side effects caused by post cancer treatment.

Knowing Jeannie has stopped working and was running into financial challenges, a Social Worker in Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) followed up closely with Jeanne to facilitate her application with SCS Financial Assistance.

“I am very grateful to SCS. The SCS team ensured that seamless care was rendered to me while I can continued by rehabilitation,” highlighted Jeannie.

“Do you know I was a donor for SCS before? Never did I ever think that I will on the receiving end and be supported by the Society. I don’t think I would have gotten the strength to survive if not for SCS. Now all I hope is to go back to having a job,” said the 55 year old cancer survivor, who is proudly living independently.

Learn more about SCS Cancer Rehabilitation Serviceshttps://bit.ly/rehabscs 

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