Honolulu woman doesn't let terminal cancer stop her

Pam Ome
Pam Ome
Nuuanu School principal James Toyooka
Nuuanu School principal James Toyooka

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

NUUANU (KHNL) - Doctors gave a Honolulu woman six months to live after she was diagnosed with Colorectal cancer.

But, she kept on fighting and proved them wrong. This month makes it five years since doctors diagnosed Pam Ome with Colorectal cancer. But she tells us, the fight doesn't stop here as she goes for another five years.

For Ome, it all started when the tiredness wouldn't go away. That's when she decided to get a check up. Doctors eventually found 11 tumors in her colon and the cancer had spread to her liver and lymph nodes.

"I never thought why me, I though, oh, this is a very nice adventure now that I get to go on," she said.

The 53-year-old counselor at Nuuanu School says despite having terminal cancer, she's not giving up.

"Everything keeps me going, the people who support me, love me, my parents, my family, my sorority sisters, my co-horts," she said.

Despite having cancer, co-workers at Nuuanu School feel Pam's performance is second to none.

"I've seen Pam in action, nothing seems to bother her, if I didn't know she had cancer, I would never suspect it," Nuuanu School principal James Toyooka said.

Despite her great attitude, she admits that there are many trying times.

"The side effects have been horrendous, the side effects and the treatments have actually sent me to the hospital," Ome said.

But she doesn't let that stop her from living her life.

"I think that's a question that people ask themselves every morning when they wake up, why not give up, I'm never been known to take the easy way," she said. "It's not the end of the world and there are supports, you can't go through this alone."

Ome says prayer also gets her through her toughest times.