"I spent 10 years of my life by the sides of my brother and husband who were diagnosed with lymphatic cancer and nasopharyngeal cancer,” says Wanda Ponika, owner of Wanda House of Jewels. Wanda was determined that both her brother and husband would emerge from their struggles gracefully.
“I never treated them as though they were cancer patients. We all went about our daily activities as much as we could and with enough determination to allow us to get through this period together,” she says. Wanda also believes that one’s spirit and positivity, along with the support of family and friends, are what lead to the road to recovery.
“A mammogram takes up only one hour of our lives in one year and the results can be life-saving,” she says. In Indonesia, Yayasan Kanker Payudara Indonesia conducts free mammograms for underprivileged women across the country. Wanda believes that breast cancer, indeed any type of cancer, is curable as long as one’s mindset leads in that direction.
Magda Hutagalung, meanwhile, is the embodiment of a breast cancer survivor who had nothing but one goal in her mind: God will heal me. Last year, Magda was diagnosed with aggressive stage one breast cancer. However, six chemotherapy sessions, one operation, and 28 radiotherapy sessions later, she is now in remission and has never looked and felt better.
This story appears in the October 2018 issue of Indonesia Tatler. For the full story, grab the copy at your nearest newsstand, or subscribe here.
[Wardrobe: Valentino, Jewellery: Cartier, Pink Ribbon: Wanda House of Jewels]