54-year-old Canberra local Yuhua Shi was first diagnosed with Stage III invasive breast cancer in 2015 after noticing a lump in her left breast. Despite the challenges she has faced in the five years since finding out she has cancer, Yuhua has stayed positive with a dedication to making the most of everything life has to offer.
Yuhua says her breast cancer diagnosis came as a complete shock; she was just 49, leading a healthy lifestyle and had no family history of breast cancer.
“It was unbelievable. I was in the early stages of menopause when I found the lump and suddenly realised something is just not right. It was so difficult to accept because I have always been healthy; I like exercise and have a balanced diet. There were no health issues for me until this. When I asked my oncologist why I got cancer, he said sometimes it just happens,” Yuhua said.
“My partner Alan, family and friends have been so supportive. They helped me to absorb the news and finally accept it, but it took me a long time to totally come to terms with the diagnosis.”