Cancer survivor advises women to get checked

Cancer survivor Lavenia Vakacegu (back, left) with Minister for Heatlh Rosy Akbar, Assitant Minister for Health Alex O'Connor and General Surgeon Dr Gaushi Shivaraja. Picture: JESSICA SAVIKE

IF you think there is something wrong with your breast, please do get it checked by the doctors.

This was the advice of Lavenia Vakacegu, a breast cancer survivor who is grateful she survived the operation and allowed to spend more time with her family.

The 47-year-old from Taveuni on Vanua Levu first knew of her cancer in early 2013 when she felt a lump on her left breast.

Mrs Vakacegu said the first thing that came to her mind was that she would not be able to see her children graduate if the cancer consumed her.

She said she was only 43-years-old when the tests at CWM hospital came out positive of cancer leaving her shocked with lots of questions in her mind.

Mrs Vakacegu said the doctors at CWM hospital advised her to get an operation done, which she did.

The mother of four who is expecting to see her first grandchild soon looked happy and said she thanked the Lord that she was diagnosed early and had a good team at CWM to look after her.

Mrs Vakacegu said through the support of her family and church members, she was able to recover well after her operation.

Her advice to women is to live a healthy lifestyle, eat healthy food and to walk a lot.

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