Generation Grit

Generation Grit: Through cancer's long shadow, she saw survival as a second chance at life

Nur Diyana Abdul Aziz was stricken by ovarian cancer in 2013, just five years after her mother, Noraidah Amin, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.
Nur Diyana Abdul Aziz was stricken by ovarian cancer in 2013, just five years after her mother, Noraidah Amin, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

As a teenager, Nur Diyana Abdul Aziz, watched her mother battle cancer. Five years later, the 21-year-old had her own battle to fight. It taught her to conquer fear, she told The Straits Times, in a series about inspiring millennials.

SINGAPORE - When her mother fell ill with breast cancer in 2008, Ms Nur Diyana Abdul Aziz, then 17, thought it was the toughest hand life could deal her family.

"I was really scared. I couldn't bear the thought of losing my mum," said the eldest of four children. The teenager became a caregiver to her mother and her younger siblings, then aged 16, 10, and six.

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