Cancer fight is her marathon of life

Lee accepts colleague's GE run invitation even if running is not her favourite activity

Interior designer Irene Lee, 48, who is battling ovarian cancer, is training for her first-ever run, the Great Eastern Women's Run on Oct 14. Lee in January 2017, after deciding to shave her head because chemotherapy led to her going bald in some par
Interior designer Irene Lee, 48, who is battling ovarian cancer, is training for her first-ever run, the Great Eastern Women's Run on Oct 14.ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI
Interior designer Irene Lee, 48, who is battling ovarian cancer, is training for her first-ever run, the Great Eastern Women's Run on Oct 14. Lee in January 2017, after deciding to shave her head because chemotherapy led to her going bald in some par
Lee in January 2017, after deciding to shave her head because chemotherapy led to her going bald in some parts.PHOTO COURTESY OF IRENE LEE

The Great Eastern Women's Run (GEWR) on Oct 14 may be her first running event of any kind, but Irene Lee already knows what it takes to complete a marathon.

The 48-year-old has endured a 21/2-year ongoing battle with Stage 3 ovarian cancer, seemingly beating the disease twice only for it to return.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2018, with the headline 'Cancer fight is her marathon of life'. Subscribe