Connect with us

Top News

I have cancer in the middle of a coronavirus epidemic



I have cancer in the middle of a coronavirus epidemic
Hong Kong (CNN) – I moved to Hongkong on the day of the big protest marks Chinese National Day on October 1 and I think that might be the wildest experience I have had all year. Two months later, during Hanukkah, I learned that I had breast cancer. So, while the global coronavirus crisis is the most challenging thing that happened to almost everyone on the planet in 2020, this crisis almost didn’t make me into the top five.

I knew my life would change, but not this way. My plan consisted of taking my life that had been added to a decade in New York City and moving it to the other side of the world.

The first two months are filled with logistics – finding an apartment, finding ways to pay electricity bills, knowing which bus routes are best to get to the CNN office every day. Too tired to travel, I told myself that once I had settled in my new place I could throw myself to get to know the city in earnest.

I found the apartment. And shortly after moving on I discovered something else – a lump in my right breast. It feels like a large, flat, heavy stone had grown all night inside me.

Within a week there were many appointments – mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies, results, referrals. But I knew what it was before someone told me. I know that in my deepest self, like knowing that I’m in love.

On CNN Hong Kong day holiday party, I got the news I was hoping for – stage 2B, requiring six months of chemotherapy, followed by surgery and radiation. I told my parents, the time difference was 13 hours, via email.

My sister, who had never set foot in Asia before, flew out of the US to be with me for the first two weeks of my treatment in early January. After arriving, the jet lagged behind the Raleigh – San Francisco – Tokyo – Hong Kong travel plan which took all day, he walked to my apartment and immediately cleaned up the vomit.

Before cancer, I am not one who likes inspirational quotes or get-’em-tiger speeches. After cancer, I still haven’t. But one thing my illness does is it forces me to give up some of my insecurities.

No more hiding choices when I feel self-conscious. The person I took a bath with as a toddler saw me throw up 20 times a day, and he didn’t judge me because of that. By the time I was diagnosed, it felt like a third of Hong Kong medical personnel had seen me without a breastplate. And soon my friends will see me in my most vulnerable country – with mouth sores, hemorrhoids, nausea, and muscle numbness – and still want to hang out with me.

See also  International Pay Day or in good Portuguese how much do you earn? - Paula Cordeiro

When I sent my sister away on the flight home, I did not know that I was racing against an invisible clock. We all exist.

Viruses outside, internal diseases

A few weeks after my treatment, we began hearing news in the office about a new virus that spread through China. Our bureau chief sent us all to work from our small high-rise flat. All public Chinese New Year events in the city are canceled.

At that time, many Hong Kong residents – including me – thought city officials were too cautious because of the very poor handling of SARS. People don’t wear masks unless they are sick, there is no mandatory temperature check, and most businesses stay open.

Some friends planned a trip to Hong Kong to visit me and help. But when the corona virus loomed and Asia began to lock itself in, each flight was canceled one by one.

My hair began to fall out two weeks into chemo, around the Lunar New Year. I decided to just bite the bullet and shave off everything. Every salon in my neighborhood was closed – I assume because of the holidays, because everyone in town had a week off – except for one salon. The barber looks confused and surprised to see a woman enter. He doesn’t speak English and I don’t speak Cantonese, so we communicate through the Google Translate app on my mobile.

Writer at the Jade Market in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

With the approval of Lilit Marcus

“Bad luck cutting your hair during the New Year,” he typed again.

“I’ve had bad luck,” I replied. When he doesn’t shake his head again, I draw the character to “cancer.” He immediately nodded and began working.

Ten minutes later, I’m bald. Barbers don’t charge me.

“Sorry,” he typed. That will be one of the hundreds of times I’ve heard those words over the next six months. But what I haven’t explained is that I don’t feel sorry. I feel lucky. Lucky to have health care, have a supportive Hong Kong community – many of whom are CNN colleagues I just met – and have a good long-term prognosis. Of course, that feels real. But in 2020, everything felt unreal.

I wondered how I would explain my new look to everyone in the office, but coronavirus made it irrelevant. Our bureau decided to remain closed indefinitely when the virus spread.

This special Hong Kong tour offers tourists the chance to see one of the busiest ports in the world up close.

Travel editors who don’t travel

Even when I vomit and sleep 10 or 12 hours a day, my trip feels itchy still want to be scratched. I plan to take advantage of Hong Kong’s central location and a good airport as a way to explore more places in Asia, and as the editor of the CNN Travel section, I also hope to report from a different location. In the US, it’s normal for me to fly at least once a month. Suddenly, that was no longer an option for me – or anyone.

Another friend who just moved from the US to Hong Kong became my partner in a local adventure that we held every time I felt well enough to go out. We took the ferry to the nearby small islands, Po Toi and Cheung Chau. Even though museums and other businesses are closed, we have all of Hong Kong’s rich outdoor life to choose from. We do climbing, swimming in the sea, climbing hills, exploring temples.

Ironically, Covid-19 is the perfect place to get sick. My oncologist told me to wear a mask, use hand sanitizers and protect myself once my immune system was disrupted, and then overnight it felt like the whole city had cancer with me. No colleague of mine knows that I answer emails from my oncologist’s office, not from my desk or that my cheerful social media status is mostly smoke and mirrors. The expensive wig I choose for office clothes only occasionally appears on Zoom calls. Contact-free food delivery is normal as coronavirus continues. And sometimes, just sometimes, all day long when I forget I’m sick.

See also  Braga win away and move up the table

Even though I can’t backpack through Laos or relax on the beach in Bali, I have the gift of getting to know my new home better than I expected. One weekend, a group of us handled the famous Dragon’s Back climb in the southwestern part of Hong Kong Island. Eventually, we arrived at the beach, and even though it was March, it was warm enough to enter the water. I brought a shower cap only for this special occasion but I pulled it and jumped, bald and happy, to the sea.

This year, I learned the word joss, or luck. A colleague that I kept a secret carried some red paper printed with flowers and pineapple – to represent growth and prosperity – as a New Year gift. You should have burned it as an offering to your ancestors, but I can’t bear to do it and hang it on the wall of my apartment. It feels like I’m living in the eye of a storm. In a city of seven and a half million people, only four died from the virus. My Hong Kong bubble is full of joss.

Find joy in an unexpected place

People think that cancer makes you wise. Just look at all the thin and pale and bald and holy TV martyrs, giving life lessons before dying peacefully – Dr. Mark Greene in ER, who died gracefully on the way to the beach in his lover’s arm, was my first pop culture experience with cancer.

There is something about looking at your own mortality that should take you deeply. But the reality is that sometimes people get sick. Good people get sick and stay good. Rude people get sick and stay rude.

See also  Gold futures reverse following surging to report highs

That is one reason I am reluctant to share my diagnosis with people, especially the corona virus looming. Internet commentators debate about whether coronavirus is real, or who “deserves” it. Even though Hong Kong is relatively safe, with everyone in the mask, I still feel a little paranoid every time I leave the apartment. It’s better to be sick in secret, I thought, rather than having to live vulnerable in public.

In April, when I underwent chemo for four months, Hong Kong recorded one week in a row of zero new corona virus cases. The restrictions imposed began to lift slowly. Restaurants can fill more capacity as long as they divide dividers between tables, and the maximum crowd size changes from four to eight.

The city was built, and so am I. My hair grows back slowly, with patches – first legs, eyebrows, underarms. I watch the video cancer patients on US ringing bells to celebrate their last chemo session. But what I want to do is walk out into the light like it’s only a normal Wednesday. Sometimes it feels like all the time I have cancer is a strange dream. The world is closed, I close myself in my apartment, and everyone stands still. It’s too hot to wear a wig, so I’m getting bald in public. Sometimes people stare, but most of the time everyone treats me like I am a woman who happens to have no hair.

If you ask me a year ago what I hoped was my big step to Hong Kong, I would talk about all the cool trips I would take in Asia and the crazy adventures I would take in the city. But life, like that phrase, is what happens when you are busy making other plans.

Being sick during coronavirus, and still being able to get the best medical care and live my life, reminds me that there is excitement in everyday life. Being able to shop alone is a gift. Going for a walk is something to celebrate rather than a normal task. Cancer showed me how strange, a wonderful miracle to sleep at night and find you wake up again in the morning.

Seasons change. The sun rises and sets. My tumor shrank so much that I was scheduled for lumpectomy rather than mastectomy. The children return to school. And life, as it tends to happen, continues to move.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Top News

Real Hospital Portugus promotes Pink October campaign



Photo: Divulgao.

In order to promote the prevention of breast cancer, the most common type in the world, surpassing lung cancer, Real Hospital Português is running the Pink October campaign. Early diagnosis is essential for quality of life, successful treatment, and increased chances of a cure. Thus, the October Rosa do Real Hospital Português will be divided into three areas: social action, an educational campaign and a running and walking circle.

With the completion of 50 biopsies in patients from the public network, the institution will facilitate access to the main examination for the diagnosis of breast cancer. “We will positively impact the lives of these patients with our work. Real Hospital Português is a center for the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, and together we will take an unprecedented initiative by providing services to the community,” emphasizes Luciana Limongi, a mastologist. The campaign will be held in partnership with the Real Instituto de Mastologia (RIMA), Real Patologia and Real Imagem, which have recently received the PADI Seal – Accreditation Program in Diagnostic Imaging.

Rosa’s October Run and Walk Scheme aims to warn of the importance of early breast cancer detection and encourage physical activity. According to the National Cancer Institute (Inca), about 30% of all cancers diagnosed in Brazil can be avoided through lifestyle changes. “Behavioral risk factors such as obesity and lack of physical activity are directly linked to the occurrence of breast cancer. That is why it is so important to develop healthy habits,” emphasizes the mastologist. The sporting event will take place on October 29, starting at 16:00, from Cais da Alphandega and will cover a 5 km route. Registration is open to the public at

See also  Ghislaine Maxwell requests bail as she awaits trial

In addition, the educational campaign “To be strong, you must have a chest, take care of yourself and overcome yourself” painted the institution and social networks in pink, recalling that early diagnosis increases the chances of successful treatment by 90%. Therefore, it is necessary to conduct regular examinations and consult with a mastologist.

    (Photo: Reveal
Photo: Divulgao.

Continue Reading

Top News

Another Portuguese club declared insolvent



Cova da Piedade x Estoril Campeonato Português

After Académica OAF, another Portuguese club is in a delicate position.

SAD CD Cova da Piedade, a team that played in the Portuguese Second League until 2021, has become the latest Portuguese sports organization to file for insolvency.

After being relegated due to failing to submit all legal paperwork to play in the Segunda Liga in 2021/2022, Margem Sul’s SAD ended up playing in Ligue 3 and decided to suspend seniors this season and juniors. football 19.

In a conversation with Lusa, club president Paulo Veiga said he was waiting “further position from the club’s legal department.” However, the club, which is also one of the largest creditors of SAD do Cova da Piedade, is confident of a football asset as early as next season: “Guaranteed next season we will have a senior team and a junior team representing the colors of Cova da Piedade.”

Learn more about Bola na Rede and Moosh!

BUT Mush strives to stand out from the crowd by opening doors to new and innovative experiences. OUR Mush is changing and entering a new era, a new identity, a new logo, but the same trust and the same security to safely accept deposits and transactions from consumers. Our house also has a customer support team available at any time to resolve any issues. With a strong investment phase in Portugal, Mush presents itself with a redesigned website, with new products and new experiences, with an eye to the future – keeping the identity and the idea of ​​achieving the goal: hitting the target Mush!

See also  Gold futures reverse following surging to report highs

Bola na Rede is a project started on October 28, 2010 at the Escola Superior de Comunicação Social. Since then, we have been trying to provide you with the best sports vision at the national and international levels through opinion pieces as well as breaking news. On October 28, 2019, we decided to expand our reach by launching live broadcasts on the channel. BALL IN THE TV NETWORKNo YouTube. In addition to direct, we also have a lot of information through our social networks and in various models podcasts. Operating Systems podcasts from Bola na Rede are available on a wide variety of platforms and aim to give you a little bit of everything about the world of sports in general. Currently we can offer you the following content:

  • Podcast Mourinhos vs. Guardiolas” – Program of national and international sports news.
  • Podcast “Law of the Market” Content about the latest transfers and transfer market rumors from the world of football.
  • Podcast “Talk about the ball” South American Football is here on this program that aims to bring you the latest from the major South American leagues.
  • Podcast “Out of the Ring” WWE is a company Tuevacationer media in the world and in this program we follow in detail every event of the company headed by Vince McMahon
  • Podcast “Ball of other times” – In that podcast we want you to come with us on a journey through the past of the football world. Here we remember players, teams or competitions “from another time”.

If you’d like to learn more about the project, make a suggestion, or even submit an application to become a writer, commenter, or moderator, send us an email at [email protected] The ball is in your court and we are counting on you!

See also  The body of the missing Portuguese found in Spain

Continue Reading

Top News

Prize for the Portuguese. Andre Silva is Champions League Player of the Week



Prize for the Portuguese.  Andre Silva is Champions League Player of the Week

BUTndre Silva won the competition and became the best player of the week in the Champions League, informed UEFAthis Thursday.

The former Porto striker scored in Jota’s 3-1 victory over Celtic Leipzig, scoring a brace in a match that was signed after his Portuguese compatriot equalized.

In addition, Andre Silva also provided the assist for Nkunku, scoring the first goal of this Wednesday’s game in which huge show of foreign fans.

In addition to the Leipzig striker, Di Maria (Juventus), Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund) and Di Lorenzo (Napoli) also fought in the fight for the prize, but it was the Portuguese who managed to smile after voting for the third round of the competition, the famous This Thursday is the fair.

Read also: Diogo Costa and Andre Silva named to Champions League Team of the Week

See also: Andre Silva among the nominees for the title of the best player of the week in the Champions League

See also: double dose. Andre Silva returned to celebrate and sentenced doubts

See also: Andre Silva took advantage of Hart’s colossal mistake and responded to Jota’s goal

Always be the first to know.
6th year in a row Consumers Choice and Five Star Award for Online Press.
Download our free app.

Apple Store Download

See also  VFA: The Philippines says it will not end the US military access agreement amid tensions in the South China Sea
Continue Reading