My name is Frank Lim and this is my cancer story:
'You have cancer Were not the words I thought I would be hearing when I visited my doctor on April 25th, 2018.
I wasn't feeling well for a few months before that and luckily I listened to my body and saw my doctor and had some tests done. I then forgot about it, continued on with the daily grind, and went on a couple of trips. I was hanging out in Hong Kong with my dad when I got a message to call my doctor urgently. That left shook me a little but hey, its probably nothing, right ?
I remember getting the news that day and feeling a bit calm, numb, and scared, all at the same time. It was a surreal experience riding my bike home after hearing the news. I remember it being a beautiful spring day.
I had some more tests and it was recommended that I have surgery to remove the area around where the cancer was originally found. Surgery was scheduled in three months and the waiting and worrying was quite hard emotionally. Luckily I had the most amazing partner by my side (thank you !) and friends and family (thank you !) that I could lean on during this time.
Luckily, there was a cancellation and my surgery was moved up and on May 30th I had a 5 hour laproscopic surgery and after 5 days in the hospital, I was sent home to rest and recover.
Exactly one week after the surgery, I got the test results that the tissue that they had removed was cancer free !
It is incredible to think that from my diagnosis, to surgery, and to getting my test results was exactly 6 weeks only. The medical care I received was amazing and everyone I dealt with was professional, kind, and supportive.
Just a short month after my surgery, I was riding a bike already, in Antwerp Belgium across the most beautiful bike bridge in the world. I had already fallen in love with cycling even before my cancer experience. There is something beautiful about your own body moving perfectly in symphony, propelling you forward slow or fast,that makes me feel deeply and truly happy and alive.
I want to do a small part and give back by riding the Tour De Cure 2021 on August 28th 2021.
The Ride to Conquer Cancer has raised more than $96 million in 11 years, making it British Columbias largest fundraiser. We know that one in two people in our province will face cancer in their lifetime. I have lost my grandfather and two aunts to cancer and I know that many of you have been touched by cancer as well.
Please help me raise money for cancer research as I ride with my four buddies (Dom ! Won ! Eric ! and Karen !) this summer. Click on any of their names to make a tax deductible donation.
Thank you !