'I never thought I’d have cancer'

'I never thought I’d have cancer'

SINGAPORE - With her bubbly personality, few would have guessed that she once had a gruelling year-long battle with colon cancer.

Though it has been eight years since 63-year-old retiree Rita Tan's cancer went into remission, the day she got diagnosed is still fresh in her mind.

In October 2004, Miss Tan was admitted to the Accident & Emergency department at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) after feeling an acute pain in the left side of her body.

She brushed it off as food poisoning and was not too worried about it. But the doctor's test results showed that Miss Tan had stage-two colon cancer.

The news shocked her.

"I never thought I'd have cancer. I'm quite healthconscious and I go for regular check ups. In fact, I was given a clean bill of health earlier that year," she said.

Miss Tan also attended talks on cancer frequently as she enjoys "learning new things".

"I did not think it would happen to me," she said.

When the doctor broke the news to her, Miss Tan, who was working with a Christian organisation, worried about the time she had left.

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