A healthy body is often related to a positive mind - and this was the case for breast cancer survivor Lisa Lau. She said that after she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she thought of her family. 'My family is very important to me, as I am to them, so I told myself that, because of them, I will not and cannot die,' Lau said. After a year, she was back on her feet and able to take up her old job again. Lau found out that she had breast cancer in December 2006 at the age of 46. She first felt a lump in her left breast but avoided going to the doctor to find out what it was because she was scared. Two weeks later, the lump got larger and painful, so she decided to face the truth and went to the doctor for a check-up. After receiving the medical report telling her that she had breast cancer, Lau was still in fear. She said that she was scared at that moment, yet still held to her beliefs that life is life and whatever happens will happen. But she would not give up without a fight. In addition, Lau's family were there to support her. They accepted the news well and her son even told her to remain positive. Lau underwent an operation. The breast cancer tumour was quite large, more than 3cm, and she had a mastectomy. Most women are afraid to get a mastectomy for fear that others will judge them, yet Lau looks at this differently. 'To me, life is more important than anything, so I don't want traces of the tumour to be left in my body. In addition, the doctor has done a beautiful job in closing the wound, so I have no regrets at all,' she said. Following the operation, Lau had to go through six months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. During that process, she participated in rehabilitation programmes provided for cancer survivors. One of the programmes that she found very useful was Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction by the Hong Kong Cancer Fund. The class helps cancer survivors clear their minds and strengthen their bodies through a series of meditation and yoga exercises for eight weeks. Lau advised women who feared they have breast cancer to remain positive and be open about it. They should go to the doctor immediately if they feel or see some breast cancer symptoms such as a lump. To be positive is to look at everything on the bright side, and this will help women to fight the sickness more effectively. To be open about the disease is to get support from your family and friends, which was one of the most important factors during Lau's fight against the disease.