Editor's Note - Carnival of Hope

NCIS Stories of Hope Cancer Warriors (from left to right) Mr Seow, Nita, Yvonne & Li Leng

 

Hello readers of NCIS Stories of Hope!

 

The year is once again coming to an end and we hope that it has been a fruitful one for you. We birthed our NCIS Stories of Hope in November last year and now, NCIS Stories of Hope is finally a year old and we celebrate it with the eleven courageous cancer warriors who have shared their cancer journeys with us and all of you out there, to let everyone know that the battle with cancer can be fought and won, and that hope is all around.

 

Everyone’s journey with cancer is different, but one thing’s the same – it isn’t an easy one. With each unique individual we feature, we hope at least one of them will be able to touch your heart, and make your journey an easier one, knowing that someone else has treaded the same path and conquered it.

 

Just last month, we held our annual NCIS Celebrates Life Survivorship Party which was themed “Carnival of Hope”. This event is organised specially for our patients, survivors and their caregivers, to gather everyone from all our support groups for an afternoon of bonding and fun, and to celebrate lives that cannot be diminished by cancer.

 

This year’s celebrations were made even more special, as four of our NCIS Stories of Hope cancer warriors – Mr Seow Tiang Keng from Issue 1, Yvonne from Issue 4, Nita from Issue 5 and Li Leng from Issue 6, were down to lend their support by sharing their individual experience with cancer on stage.

 

Panels of our NCIS Stories of Hope Cancer Warriors displayed at the NCIS Celebrates Life Survivorship Party 2015. 
From left to right, Li Leng, Mr Seow, Nita & Yvonne

 

To have our NCIS Stories of Hope cancer warriors who were each diagnosed with a different type of cancer come forward to encourage our patients really struck a chord and tugged at heartstrings, and their sharing was received with overwhelming applause.


Bonding over a crafts workshop

Apart from this, participants also got to register for a myriad of workshops ranging from craft, to mindfulness therapy and yin yoga sessions, all of which contribute to life’s pleasures, something which cancer cannot rob anyone of.

Cancer cannot rob you of your spirit

It truly was a Carnival of Hope as all our patients, survivors and their caregivers laughed together, had fun together and bonded together, and everyone had smiles on their faces.


Life is truly worth celebrating and every breath counts. For the coming year, we wish all our patients, survivors, their caregivers and our readers a very happy and healthy new year and may you live everyday of your life with zeal and conviction, and appreciate everything life has to offer.


Every day is a celebration of life


We look forward to bringing you more inspirational stories of our NCIS Stories of Hope cancer warriors in the coming year and if you are our patient, survivor or caregiver and would like to come forward to share your story to inspire and ignite a spark of hope to others around the world, do email ncis_comms@nuhs.edu.sg as we would love to share your story!

 

With that, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

Wishing you lots of good tidings
NCIS Corporate Communications Team