Woman cop tells of cancer fight

(3rd from left) Mereseini Adivunisalusalu with women officers who have comforted her during her hard times to breast cancer. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

TO be merry and live a stress-free life is the greatest remedy of cancer, says patient Mereseini Adivunisalusalu who is a police officer at the Labasa Police Station.

The 44-year-old mother of one who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 described the early period that followed as the “dark ages”.

Ms Adivunisalusalu said when she was informed by doctors of her health, she only thought of whether her husband would still acknowledge and love her.

Originally from Nasinu, Navatu in Cakaudrove, Ms Adivunisalusalu said she feared her husband would reject her and this meant she would lose the only thing that mattered the whole world to her which was her family.

“However, I found the strength and faced my fears, approaching my husband and telling him of my condition, but the love and respect I received was just overwhelming,” she said. “It has taught me that sometimes we just have to face our fears and have faith.

“After I was diagnosed, I used to fear taking part in police physical exercises thinking it would deteriorate my condition, but this was not true and I have learnt to be just myself and to take things one day at a time.

“The support I get at my workplace is something that makes me make it through each day and I thank my fellow police officers for their kind gesture.”

Ms Adivunisalusalu, who watches her diet and keeps it her mantra to smile and laugh a lot, says that during her last examination, doctors had assured her that her cancer was healing.

“As a Christian, I advise those living with cancer to pray and leave everything to God.

“For those who are experiencing symptoms of breast cancer, please visit your nearest medical facility and get examined.”

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