AUSTRALIAN tourist and breast cancer survivor Jennifer Siladji joined the Pinktober celebrations in Nadi on Thursday evening.
Ms Siladji, who was diagnosed with breast cancer almost two years ago, has come through the experience by remaining positive and keeping busy.
"Focus on the good things in life, love your family and share yourself with them," she said.
The proud grandmother and mother of three said although the news was shocking for both her and her family, it was one that built a stronger person.
"I had so much going on in my life when I was diagnosed — I had my son's wedding as well as my daughter's engagement," Ms Siladji said.
"I had too much to look forward to," she said.
At 50 years old, Ms Siladji works a full-time job in Sydney and continues to spread the message of optimism. "Continue to focus on the wonderful family and friends in your life and don't be afraid to share yourself with them.
"Smile, laugh and appreciate the blessing of life," she said.
Ms Siladji was diagnosed in August 2010 and underwent a mastectomy as well as radiotherapy everyday for six weeks, before the cancer was removed successfully.
She is currently in Fiji on holiday with workmates. Pinktober refers to the month of October being put aside each year for sufferers of breast cancer.
The event was celebrated at the Hard Rock Cafe Fiji in Denarau with many coming out to enjoy the live entertainment while giving money for the worthy cause. Money raised from the four-day event will go towards the breast cancer awareness.
The restaurant chain has been hosting Pinktober parties for 13 years and money raised goes specifically to create awareness and research for breast cancer.