4 things I have learned throughout the anomalous journey

  1. Most importantly, ensure that your medical insurance coverage is sufficient
    • There is no such thing as too young to own a policy of your own. As the saying goes “malang tidak berbau”, bad luck can knock any single one of you down with no warning. I was 27 years of age when diagnosed with cancer, no inheritance of any cancer genes, but pure bad luck just struck me out from no where idiopathically.
    • Be sure to at least have a medical policy on hand because once your routine medical checkup or scan results portray any abnormalities, insurance underwriters will tend to annoy you with countless health questions.
    • Do not rely solely on company insurance. Once you are diagnosed with any dreaded disease, do you think that any insurance company will still accept you? Do you think you will forever work with that company and be covered? Do you think the coverage is enough?
    • Medical costs are exorbitant! Do you think you are able to fork out RM300k out from your own pocket if you do not have any insurance coverage? My craniotomy was RM 60k+, each cycle of chemo costed RM20k+ with 6 cycles, totaling at least RM120k+ , each MRI scan at least RM3k , radiotherapy (mine is low dose) RM40k, and stem cell transplant RM120k. Adding up all together, it was a whooping RM300k!! Can you imagine that???medical
  2. Live every day as if it’s your last
    • You won’t know what is going to happen next in your life, cherish the people around you. Learn to forgive and forget. Living in vengeance will not make you a happy person.
    • Learn to say the phrase “love you” to the significant people in your life like your parents to make them feel appreciated before it’s too late.
    • Little gestures may brighten up one’s day.  Do you know that a simple smiling is infectious? When you smile as a sign of respect to another person, they will tend to smile back. So, spread your smile!

      smiley face

      smiley face

    • Working is important but health and family are more important. Do not sacrifice your health for work, it is never worth it. Wealth cannot buy you health but on the other way around, health can bring you wealth!
  3. Change your MyKad if  you have a change in address immediately, do not dilly dally
    • Prioritize the changing of your IC when you still have hair. I shifted a year and a half ago, but now, in the midst of the cooling down period after the intense treatments, I have no hair but was required to change my IC address for some legal documents purpose, hence looking for temporary genuinely looking hair as a replacement.

      Mykad pic

      Mykad pic

  4. Wash your head with body shampoo if you have no hair.
    • My doctor’s advice on whether to use shampoo, body shampoo or facial cleanser was “up to you” but he also uttered the word “body shampoo”
    • When your head is clean and clear, try it out with a body scrub, the feeling is indeed soothing! It was kind of addictive, making you feel reluctant to have your hair back.

      No-Hair

      No-Hair

 

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