Taiwanese Actress Amanda Chu Beat Breast Cancer After Mastectomy; Likens It To "Striking The Lottery"
Before the surgery, Amanda said she was already mentally prepared to continue with chemotherapy and spend a huge amount of money on her medical treatments.
Earlier this year, Taiwanese actress Amanda Chu, best known for the mistress in the megahit Taiwanese drama The Fierce Wife, revealed on her 36th birthday in March that she is suffering from stage two to three breast cancer.
At that time, the actress shared that she was diagnosed at the end of last year, and that the cancer cells have spread to her lymph nodes.
In May, Amanda, who had completed five sessions of chemotherapy, underwent a mastectomy to remove her right breast.
After three months of recovery, the actress took to her social media on Thursday (Aug 11) to share that she's "been saved" and is "very thankful".
According to Amanda, she was unable to lie on her side or turn over her body for an entire month after the surgery, and was unable to sleep well during that period.
"The throbbing pain from the wound reminded me that I went through a very difficult ordeal. But I survived," said Amanda.
She also shared that during the ultrasound before the surgery, the doctor discovered she still had two tumours in her body. The news made her feel very disheartened and she couldn't help but question: "Are my tumours stronger than my willpower?".
At that time, her doctor gave her two options: To inject three more doses of Epirubicin before the surgery, or to go for the operation immediately.
"I'm not exaggerating! It was really a crossroad in life, I didn't want to suffer anymore so I decided to just go ahead with the surgery after much deliberation."
Fortunately, during her post-operative check up, her doctor congratulated her and said that she only had Carcinoma in situ (precancerous cells in a limited area) left in her body, which means that "all signs of cancer in tissue samples were removed during the surgery."
Amanda said she was already mentally prepared to continue with chemotherapy and to spend a huge amount of money on her medical treatments.
It's why when the doctor broke the good news to her, she said she "was so happy it was like striking the lottery".
Amanda also received a note from a friend who has cancer, commending her for displaying immense courage during such a trying time.
"Because of you I no longer have an 'ostrich mentality', I will undergo treatment bravely too," wrote her friend.
Photos: Amanda Chu/Instagram