A woman in the terminal stages of cancer has survived after receiving over 30 rounds of chemotherapy. Two years ago she was told she only had three months to live.
“Some hospitals even refused to take me, as doctors said it was unnecessary to continue treatment,” Huang Lihong said.
Huang was treated in Shenzhen Liuhua Hospital after being diagnosed with throat cancer in 2013. The 37-year-old from Qingyuan ended her first marriage in 2008, before coming to Shenzhen alone to run a snack stall in Luohu District.
Huang has received over 30 rounds of chemotherapy in the hospital, while she is also suffering from an extremely rare disease that affects the connective tissues in her joints and has left her unable to care for herself.
Huang is being taken care of by her boyfriend, surnamed Sun. The two met in 2010.
“He visited my snack stall almost daily before we fell in love,” Huang said, adding that they had planned to open an eatery and get married in 2014.
“We had lots of plans for the future, but all of them were disrupted by the cancer,” she said.
Huang now simply hopes to recover and live as a healthy person. “I don’t want my boyfriend to spend all his time taking care of me,” she said. “I hope I can go to work and become a volunteer, helping people in need.”
Huang also hopes to get married and have children.
She said her first marriage ended because she could not have a child. “I had fallopian tube blockages that weren’t cured after many operations,” Huang said. “Maybe I have bad luck, but I will never give up.”
She said if she can get pregnant, she will marry her boyfriend and have a child, no matter the possible complications.
The medical treatment has cost the family over 300,000 yuan (US$46,875), including 100,000 yuan the family borrowed. Sun sold his car last year to pay for Huang’s treatment.
“But I won’t give up,” he said.