But Tamara didn’t give up. She succumbed to chemotherapy an incredible 24 times, went through two complicated operations and a great many other surgeries, as well as 25 courses of radiotherapy. She always remained positive and managed to take strength out of the terrible situation. She did everything she could to fight the cancer herself – she became part of self-help groups, read specialist books, went to medical congresses and made sure she was a pillar and role-model for other patients. One of her doctors wrote in her patient file: “highly engaged and informed patient”.