SINGAPORE - Nur'Ain is inspired by her mother's positive attitude towards life, even after being diagnosed with womb cancer in 2012.
Here is her heartfelt entry in full:
"My mum is my hero.
"Cliché, I know but it's true.
"She's everything that I hope I'm going to be when I become a mum one day.
"I'm an only child and my dad has his own business, making him always very busy.
"So needless to say, I'm really close to my mum.
"My mum was diagnosed with womb cancer in 2012.
"At first, the doctor said it was only at Stage 1 and all they have to do is remove her womb.
"But after the operation, it turns out that the cancer cell had spread outside the womb, making her cancer at Stage 3, which also means that she would have to go through chemotherapy and radiation.
"She cried for a day and worried for way longer than that.
"I thought I was going to lose my mum.
"She eventually decided to go for the chemo after much persuasion from my dad and me.
"She took a year off from work and started her chemotherapy.
"Even though the chemo left her tired and weak all the time, she never once complained about it or the pain.
"She still would occasionally clean and cook whenever she could muster up the strength.
"After successfully completing her chemotherapy and radiation, she went back to work and now, she also helps my dad bake desserts and kuihs for his wedding catering almost every weekend.
"Even though the doctor told her that she should not be on her feet a lot or it will swell up (Which it did!) and tyre herself out as her immunity is now very low as compared to before, she still tirelessly works everyday and is the last one to sleep but the first to wake up.
"I was not born with a silver spoon, neither were my parents.
"When my dad first opened his chicken rice stall, my mum would wake up at least 2 hours earlier to go to the wet market to help him buy all the ingredients.
"She would then send it to the shop before going to work.
"We are not rich but we do live comfortably now and all the success my dad has had with his business, I would attribute it to my mum. Without her help and sacrifices, we would not be where we are right now.
"I thank god for letting me be able to spend more time with her."
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