“Until a few years ago, cancer used to be a scary word for me and my family just as it would be for anyone else. I am 72 now and a grandmother to a beautiful young lady. I have fought cancer thrice and won all three times. I am no ordinary woman, I am a fighter.
The thing I realized through my experience with the three treatments is that cancer patients’ health deteriorates more because of their fear than because of the treatments they undergo. Once you are determined that you will not surrender or fail, you can definitely win the battle against this dreaded disease. The fatalities may be more, but more people die of cardiovascular diseases than of cancer! Then why make a monster out of only cancer?
After having lost my husband and a young son of 25 within a few years of each other, at the age of 57, I was coming to terms with life. My other son was married and working in Munnar when I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2001 - stage 4!
It was pretty scary initially, but the fighter that I was, I decided to fight the illness. Since I was recouping from the treatment, I moved to Munnar to stay with my son. A few months later, I was diagnosed with a relapse and again underwent treatment. This time they prescribed monoclonal therapy under their supervision; followed by intense radiotherapy sessions. The radiotherapy sessions were quite painful physically and emotionally, with my salivary glands being affected by the treatment. Following the sessions, I was on a liquid-only diet as I could not take in any flavours or solids. Thanks to my family and friends, I got a rejuvenating natural remedy which brought my salivary glands back into action within a few weeks.
Life went on happily with my children and adorable granddaughter. However, in 2008, I was again diagnosed with breast cancer and was back in hospital for a mastectomy. After the procedure, I was back with my family.
It’s been five years since I started talking to cancer patients and their relatives to stay strong and fight the illness. I am a survivor thrice over and if I can do it, you can too. No matter what you think or feel, you have to survive for your family and for at least 100 more people whom you can inspire, to be proud and to tell the world I did it and so can you. "