Sengolmany Irudayam believes in living life to the fullest.
After she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, Sengolmany always reminded herself to stay positive.
“There is no point being scared, rather you should focus on the next step.
“There is always hope. Just look around. There are so many cancer survivors here,” said the mother of two when met during the Pride Picnic Carnival 2017 held at Pride Foundation premises in Petaling Jaya.
Fellow breast cancer survivor Rozila Abd Samat said when she was diagnosed in 2002, information was not readily available.
“Now there are so many awareness campaigns not only for breast cancer, but other types as well.
“However, is important for women to do breast self-examination regularly,” she said.
The carnival was organised by Pride Foundation to provide breast cancer survivors a platform to meet each other and those battling the disease.
“Some cancer patients isolate themselves and fall into depression when they are diagnosed.
“We want them to know that they are not alone during their breast cancer battle,” said Pride Foundation chief executive officer Azuwa Abdullah.
Visitors had the opportunity to purchase food, drinks as well as arts and crafts from various booths helmed by breast cancer survivors, the visually impaired, single mothers and the orang asli.
“The carnival is also aimed at giving survivors an opportunity to earn some money by utilising their entrepreneurial skills,” said Azuwa.
Informative banners on breast cancer were put up around the area while free clinical breast examinations were conducted by qualified medical practitioners.
Free health screening comprising blood pressure and glucose checks was offered by KPJ Healthcare Bhd.
Pride Foundation was formed to enhance awareness efforts and improve accessibility to treatment and care of breast cancer at all levels of society.
Clinical breast examination is also available by prior appointment at Pride Foundation’s premises: 23, Lorong Tanjung 5/4D, off Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
For details, call 03-7960 0366.