Archana Singh (Uterine Cancer Survivor): Be Bindaas

It all started when I was in Bhutan and had a fall at the airport. After that, I started having white discharge frequently. I was taking ayurvedic treatment for my white discharge, but it didn’t work, and that’s when I doubted that there might be something wrong.

Uterine Cancer Diagnosis

I went to the gynecologist who did my internal sonography and found out that there was some cystic formation that needs to be checked. I had my Biopsy done, and after the reports came, we got to know that it was stage 2 uterine cancer. I have always had a controlled diet, so the uterine cancer diagnosis came as a big shock for me and everyone around me.

Uterine Cancer Treatment

I thought that if it was in the uterus, then just getting the uterus removed would be enough, but it was not that easy. I had my operation and was in the hospital for ten days. After one month, I took 25 Radiation therapy sessions and developed many side effects after 10-15 Radiation therapy sessions.

My family’s support and my willpower was the main reason that I could defeat uterine cancer. My colleagues, family, husband, and children supported me a lot. My son used to take me for radiation. He also did his best to support me and was my pillar of strength. My doctors were also very corporative. I used to ask a lot of questions to my doctors, to which they patiently replied. I feel that I recovered early because of the care I received from the hospital staff and my optimistic nature.

Conversation with Uterine Cancer winner Archana Singh
Conversation with Uterine Cancer winner Archana Singh
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Uterine Cancer Life

I always tried to do my routine chores myself because I didn’t want to disturb anyone. I tried Naturopathy after completing my conventional treatment. The Naturopathy doctor asked me to eat gluten-free food because my intestine had got affected during radiation. I ate millets a lot. I brought a lot of diet changes in my life after the uterine cancer journey. I have regularly practiced Pranayama and exercises since 2007, and that has helped me a lot. My health deteriorated after radiation therapy, and I still have those issues. Later, I underwent an operation for a hernia too.

I used to get motivated by small things. I saw people going through a lot and was grateful for the problems I don’t have. There is a song that always inspires me, “Ruk Jana Nahi Tu Kahi Haar Ke, Kaato Pe Chal Ke Milenge Saayein Bahar Ke. I used to listen to these two lines since I was in my 11th standard. I sing this song whenever I feel low because the lyrics feel so real and inspiring.

Now, I am a retired woman. I do stitching and embroidery as a hobby to keep myself busy and to be more creative.

It’s been three years, and I am on regular follow-ups. I still have some issues with my urinary bladder because of Radiation therapy. Still, I’m counting my blessings and enjoying every little thing in my life because that is what I choose rather than complaining about anything. I didn’t allow uterine cancer to make me weak; I was strong then, and I am strong now.

Parting Message

Don’t be scared because being scared makes you mentally and physically weak. There are things that we cannot control, so just accept and fight with everything. Go to the doctor without delay and keep your health a priority. Don’t be so serious, be “bindaas and enjoy your life to the fullest.

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