Divya Par (Blood Cancer): Nothing could stop me

Looking forward to something is very important. I love learning new things. I was a very silent girl, but now I smile much more than before.

Blood Cancer Diagnosis

Back in 1991, when I was just 11-years-old, I had red spots on my hands and legs. I was very excited that I was taking off from school and going for a check-up, but that excitement immediately dropped when the doctors said that I had to get admitted. I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. But I didn’t know then that I had Blood Cancer.

Blood Cancer Treatment

I underwent Chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation. I was among the first few people who were going for a bone marrow transplantation. My sister was my donor, and I am very grateful to her. It took a long process.

My family was of great support to me. The Blood Cancer treatment was painful; my throat was sore, and I couldn’t drink or eat. Sometimes, I would feel very lonely because I would see the entire world pass by, and I was sitting, not doing anything. My mom and uncle were there for me. My uncle used to come and play with me.

The students would go for school trips, but I was always left out because that was too much of a risk. That became the fighting drive that I have to get through all those things and enjoy everything, and no one would stop me.

I had lovely hair, and I lost them completely, and to date, I have not gained it back. I have scars on my neck, and for a long time, I was so hesitant to show these scars. Everyone used to ask me why was that scar was there. I didn’t open up much because I didn’t want to talk about it; I used to go into my cocoon and not talk about it, but now I take it as a proud scar, which shows what I survived.

The doctors said that I would not be able to conceive, but my father decided that my education and self-dependency was more important. It was a life-changing experience. I had a very focused mind. I did my Master’s, and it made me a powerful person. My parents were proud of me when I completed my Master’s. I got so much into physical exercises, and I did Zumba, steppers, cycling, etc. I also did hiking, trekking, and everything I had always wanted to do. I worked in California for seven years. I met my husband there, who understands me, and has been a blessing in my life. He has helped me to break all the exterior walls that I had built.

I had a very fantastic career, but later I decided that I wanted to do something else. I am now doing craniosacral therapy and learning to become a Yoga instructor too. I want to reach out to people in a holistic way. I am also training to become an emotional freedom technique practitioner.

I was scared of a phenyl smell for many years because that would remind me of the hospital. The moment I realized that it is the smallest thing that is troubling me, I dropped it. It’s a long process, but it all gets better.

I become asthmatic during seasonal changes and want an inhaler, but Sudarshan Kriya has helped me get better. My physical health has improved a lot. I am now a more fun-loving, independent person.

Acceptance is Essential

Accepting what has happened to you and accepting that it’s not your fault is essential.

Accepting your state of time at a particular moment in your life is essential.

Firstly, I didn’t know that it will be a long journey. I thought it would be just for a month or so. Later, I realized what was happening, and my sister was always with me, which helped me a lot.

Initially, I was happy that I was pampered and loved it so much. Later, I focused more on education and used to feel motivated whenever I got good grades. I was never afraid to explore. During my masters, I explored cooking, went to New Zealand, South America, Europe. I love traveling, and when I was in the US, I have seen 40% of the National parks. I enjoyed everything because I waited stuck at a point for a very long time, and I didn’t want to waste any opportunity to explore.

Conversation with Blood Cancer winner Divya Par
Conversation with Blood Cancer winner Divya Par

Parting Message

Have patience. It is painful, and you feel as if your whole life is disturbed but do not worry about it; you will get through this and do much better things in life. Hang in there; don’t lose hope.


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