Battling cancer is hard enough, but for 46-year-old single mother, Tan Chek Ming, she also has to worry about paying for her hefty medical bills, settling debts left behind by her ex-husband and for the future of her five-year-old son.
She has been diagnosed as having a rare, aggressive form of ovarian cancer that has spread over the last two years and is now in stage 4. As it is a type of cancer that only occurs in five per cent of ovarian cancer patients, Chek Ming requires immunotherapy, a form of cancer treatment that is not subsidised locally and costs more than S$139,000 annually.
However doctors have said that the treatment will be more palliative, given the aggressive nature of the cancer, but Chek Ming is doing her best to continue fighting for her life for the sake of her son, who in her words, “is too young to lose his mom.”
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She has sold off what she can from her one-bedroom flat and is trying to raise money not just for her treatment and debts, but also to make provision for her son should she pass away.
Click the video to hear more from Chek Ming herself about her condition and why she is appealing to the public for help.
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