Have you ever put off something you wanted to do because you thought you had all the time in the world to do it?
When 25 year old Cansu Kucuk was told by her doctor that she had breast cancer, everything changed. While other girls her age were concerned about climbing the corporate ladder and dating, Cansu was busy making sure she went to her chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions. She didn’t book mani/pedi appointments anymore. Instead, she made sure that her nails do not fall out as a side effect of cancer treatment.
During her ordeal, Cansu realized that she may not have time to do the things she wanted to do in her life after all. This is why she decided to apply for a Master’s Degree in Marketing Communications. She had wanted to pursue graduate studies for a few years, but put it off because she thought she didn’t have the money, time or patience for it. However, after being told that she had breast cancer, Cansu thought that it was now or never.
However difficult and time-consuming it was combining my studies with a job and coping with my many health problems during my first year, I can’t put into words the amount of satisfaction and motivation that going to university gave me.
It wasn’t an easy journey for Cansu to balance treatments, full time work and school, but she made it through with the help of her family, university and co-workers who supported her during her courageous ordeal. She went on further to say that pursuing a lifelong dream during cancer treatment gave her focus and something to look forward to which helped her win her battle.
Cansu is now cancer free and a proud Master’s Degree holder.