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AGAINST ALL ODDS

After beating cancer, resolute survivor now looking to conquer Mount Everest Base Camp. No one is ever prepared to face the challenge of fighting the “Big C”. Shima Hassan Marcy 61, a breast cancer survivor, however, lives by the motto: “Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best.”

14 Nov 2019 / 19:50 H.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Malaysia - 1 in 30 will be diagnosed in their lifetime. Shima, rather than throw in the towel, she took up the fight in her own way. Shima tells theSun her journey as a survivor and the motivation to live life to the fullest.

Shima and late husband Howard Marcy. Asyraf Rasid / the sun
Shima and late husband Howard Marcy. Asyraf Rasid / the sun
Breast cancer survivor Shima starts her day with a daily exercise routine with friends. Asyraf Rasid / the sun
Breast cancer survivor Shima starts her day with a daily exercise routine with friends. Asyraf Rasid / the sun
Breast cancer survivor Shima and her medals that she won whilst undergoing treatment. Asyraf Rasid / the sun
Breast cancer survivor Shima and her medals that she won whilst undergoing treatment. Asyraf Rasid / the sun
Shima leads a group of breast cancer survivors on a hiking trip at Bukit Gasing, Petaling Jaya, on Sunday. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Malaysia - 1 in 30 will be diagnosed in their lifetime. Asyraf Rasid / the sun
Shima leads a group of breast cancer survivors on a hiking trip at Bukit Gasing, Petaling Jaya, on Sunday. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Malaysia - 1 in 30 will be diagnosed in their lifetime. Asyraf Rasid / the sun
Shima (center) help Sharifah Norliza Syed Dawilah (left) during leads a group of breast cancer survivors on a hiking trip at Bukit Gasing, Petaling Jaya, on Sunday. Asyraf Rasid / the sun
Shima (center) help Sharifah Norliza Syed Dawilah (left) during leads a group of breast cancer survivors on a hiking trip at Bukit Gasing, Petaling Jaya, on Sunday. Asyraf Rasid / the sun
Shima leads a group of breast cancer survivors on a hiking trip at Bukit Gasing, Petaling Jaya, on Sunday. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Malaysia - 1 in 30 will be diagnosed in their lifetime. Asyraf Rasid / the sun
Shima leads a group of breast cancer survivors on a hiking trip at Bukit Gasing, Petaling Jaya, on Sunday. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Malaysia - 1 in 30 will be diagnosed in their lifetime. Asyraf Rasid / the sun
Shima (center) a breast cancer survivor in saree dancing her heart out with other cancer survivors at the Pink Unity Diwali Celebration. Asyraf Rasid / the sun
Shima (center) a breast cancer survivor in saree dancing her heart out with other cancer survivors at the Pink Unity Diwali Celebration. Asyraf Rasid / the sun
Breast cancer survivor Shima (center) with other cancer survivors donned in traditional costume to celebrate Deepavali and to lend support to each other. Asyraf Rasid / the sun
Breast cancer survivor Shima (center) with other cancer survivors donned in traditional costume to celebrate Deepavali and to lend support to each other. Asyraf Rasid / the sun
$!Breast cancer survivors Shima poses for a photograph session at her home. Asyraf Rasid / the sun
Breast cancer survivors Shima poses for a photograph session at her home. Asyraf Rasid / the sun

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