The voluntary work I’m doing with Macmillan gives me huge satisfaction. It’s nice to see someone who’s been affected by cancer with a smile on their face. That’s my reward.
I go out into the Asian community and give awareness talks. I go and support ladies who are facing cancer now. And by communicating with them, my confidence has grown too. I feel really good. If you’ve spent a couple of hours with them, it’s made a huge difference in their lives as well as your own because you’ve done something rewarding for the day. I get huge satisfaction out of it.
One particular lady in hospital with cancer refused to talk to the doctors there and refused to have any treatment. I knew that there was a language barrier so one of the nurses at the time asked me to speak with her. Somehow I convinced her that she did need treatment, and we exchanged numbers and stayed in contact.
If this one lady was refusing to have treatment, I thought there could be a number of ladies out there in the same position. So I just felt that maybe I could do something more to help. I think in a few years time I’d like to have an Asian support group for our community.