Sunday, 21 April 2019 | 19:12 WIB

Celebrating 49th Birthday, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho Prays for Recovery from Lung Cancer

Head of the Data Center, Information and Public Relations of the BNPB Sutopo Purwo Nugroho

JAKARTA, NNC - Today, Sunday (10/7/2018), is one of the happy days for the Head of the Data Center, Information and Public Relations of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. The reason is although developing the stage 4B lung cancer, Sutopo has been awarded the 49th age.

Sutopo admitted so many birthday wishes and prayers he received, both through verbal, WhatsApp, telephone, short messages, social media and others. For Sutopo, all of that is extraordinary happiness and pleasure. So many love and care for him.

"I say a big thank you. Congratulations and prayers that make me more enthusiastic about living this life. The spirit to go through trials from the pain of cancer is testing me," Sutopo said in his short message to NNC, Sunday.

This year Sutopo acknowledged is a tough year. But the support of parents, family and friends made Sutopo strong. Sutopo would like to thank all who helped him get up and face life with a smile and not sadness.

"I ask for prayer so that I can recover. Always pray for the mercy of Allah SWT to lift all diseases in my body without leaving other diseases," hoped Sutopo.

Sutopo claimed to choose to make remaining life a gift, and live to give privileges, opportunities and responsibilities to be a better person. Life can always serve the community to serve the country with sincerity, hard work and gratitude. "Smiles in my daily are not because my life is perfect, but because I am grateful for every grace and blessing that is given by Him," he continued.

For information, in early January 2018, Sutopo was diagnosed with stage 4B lung cancer after having had a heart, internal exam and checked into Malaysia. Sutopo finally went through the treatment of chemotherapy in Jakarta with family support he lost 20 kg of his weight.

Despite dizziness, nausea and chest pain, Sutopo continued to provide information about the disaster to the media. Every time at 1 pm, Sutopo recently held a press conference on the handling and development of the Palu and Donggala earthquake-tsunami disasters, although sometimes he has just got infusion in the hospital prior to that.

On Friday (10/5), Sutopo had the opportunity to meet directly with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. The meeting became an extraordinary favor for his person. He also considered, meeting with Jokowi was the most beautiful birthday present for him.

"President Jokowi was shocked when I told him I was suffering from stage 4B lung cancer. Mr. Jokowi immediately asked, 'How come it doesn't hurt? Still every day explaining the handling of disasters with enthusiasm?'," said one of the disaster spokesmen in Indonesia.

Sutopo said even though he was a cancer person, he could stand the pain. He fought the pain in the body. He feels he must continue to convey disaster information to the media and the community. The media is always waiting for disaster management, must be quickly and continuously informed.

"Once again, thank you. May Allah SWT always give health, safety, happiness and blessings to all of us. Aamiin YRA," said Sutopo.