“Life begins after cancer” -Mary
Hey folks! It’s been quite a while since my last update. Wondering what I have been doing for the past couple of months? My schedule was pretty hectic and packed. Moreover, Atruebee had just undergone a face-lift, switching from a previously cramped server which could no longer accommodate Atruebee due to its massive capacity consumption to a server with ample breadth for Atruebee to spread its wings!
Here I am now! Been curious about my latest upload on Facebook regarding my one-day glamorous modeling? That’s the perks of being a cancer survivor! A quote from Mary, a survivor, “Life begins after cancer”, had become the trademark for the aforementioned event. Life had treated us unfairly and we deserved a better one! I’m one of the lucky survivors to have been chosen by National Cancer Society Malaysia, in short NCSM, to join force with the KL Indie Fashion Week’s organizers and our fellow young and blossoming designers from LimKokWing and Saito College. Their designs are indeed eye-catching, especially for mine! Words couldn’t express my gratitude to my designer Queena for the gorgeous design and handicraft as she managed to spare some time out from her busy schedule to accomplish my garment in just two weeks! #KLIFW #cancer #NCSM #akufashion #akuempowered #akustylo
More picture updates taken with DSLR coming soon in my next post!
Just a sneak preview of the awe-inspiring event!
Good things never last. Back to the medical side, as usual my follow-up blood test is once every three months while my MRI has prolonged to once every six months!! Hoooooray!! Unfortunately, I would have to consult a gynae aside from my hematologist for my low hormone levels due to my previous stem cell transplant. As usual, western medicine will always resolve the matter with nothing more than the HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) but I opted for an alternative remedy, the Herbal Therapy, as a natural way to boost up my hormone levels but was only given 3 months for observations. If the Herbal Therapy works, I may stick to my preferred treatment, and vice versa, if it doesn’t work, I will have to forego Herbal remedy and go for HRT. God Bless Me!!!
Medical wise, I had already spent:
Craniotomy RM 64,000
6 sessions chemo 20k each totalling RM 120,000
20 sessions radio RM 40,000
Stem cell transplant RM 130,000
Altogether a whopping RM 354,000
And now, how much will the HRT cost?
I’m stressing on the importance of having an UPDATED insurance coverage here. My outdated coverage of RM 50,000 annual limit, bought decades ago by my parents are no longer compelling to the current medical costs. The minimal sum couldn’t even cover the cost of my surgery. Think about it, would you be willing to fork out your hard-earned money to pay for the humongous medical bills without insurance?
I have learned through the hard-way that one must have adequate insurance at all times. “Insurance is like a seat belt, understand it’s importance before something unfortunate happens.” Illnesses may strike anyone, any age, any time when you are least expected.
I am particularly attracted to the extravagant benefits close to a million ringgit worth of medical annual limit with a considerably reasonable priced plan from Great Eastern. For people in the twenties, only a low premium of RM 200, can cover you medically up to RM 990,000 inclusive of other life benefits. How in my wildest dream can I own such a plan in the future due to my adverse medical history? How I wish I could go back to the future to pick up this plan.
But to the healthier you, things are different, you can own the policy as you wish, so better get yourself well protected while you are still young and able because you wouldn’t want to be in my shoe, crying over spilt milk. As for those with insurance coverage, please do review your policy and update whenever necessary. RM 50,000 coverage 20 years ago will erode with the rising cost of medical inflation.
I believe the last thing that one would want to worry about is finances. As brutal as it may seem, this is one of the prerequisite before any treatment can be done. More often than not, the price tag always commensurate the quality of treatment you will get; good things always come at a price.
With just a nominal fee every month, the huge burden is taken off your shoulder. At the very least, you and your loved ones are assured.
Do drop me a message if you have any inquiries on opening an account with Great Eastern, the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands Gold Award for the 13th consecutive year.
Thanks, and stay tuned to my next post!