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Caregiver to mum, and now cancer survivor

Miss Nur Diyana Abdul Aziz, who battled ovarian cancer as a 21-year-old, with her mother, Madam Noraidah Amin, a breast cancer survivor. Miss Nur Diyana, now 26, says cancer taught her to look beyond herself. She set a goal to forge a career in custo
Miss Nur Diyana Abdul Aziz, who battled ovarian cancer as a 21-year-old, with her mother, Madam Noraidah Amin, a breast cancer survivor. Miss Nur Diyana, now 26, says cancer taught her to look beyond herself. She set a goal to forge a career in customer service, and is now training to be an assistant manager at a food and beverage chain.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Miss Nur Diyana Abdul Aziz, who as a teenager helped her mother fight cancer, was struck by the disease at age 21. She persevered through treatment, overcame self-esteem issues and is determined not to live in fear. This is her story, told to The Straits Times in a series about inspiring millennials.

As a teenager, she watched her mother battle cancer.

Five years later, she had her own fight with the disease as a 21-year-old. It taught her to conquer fear, she told The Straits Times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2018, with the headline 'Caregiver to mum, and now cancer survivor'. Print Edition | Subscribe