Madhu Lakhani (Breast Cancer): You can get through this

I had problems with my breast for almost eight years. I used to have constant itching and infections. I took a lot of treatments, but I never got to know the exact diagnosis.

Breast Cancer Diagnosis

After almost eight years, I consulted a doctor who asked me for a Biopsy. It was only after having my Biopsy done that we realized that I was suffering from Breast Cancer.

Breast Cancer Treatment

I had a mastectomy and six sessions of chemotherapy, followed by Radiation therapy. I started doing Yoga and Pranayama. I used to take care of my diet; I never ate outside food and only ate homemade food during my treatment. I used to feel so hot and had Pain in my legs along with constant headaches too. I used to be very depressed in the four days after Chemotherapy and wanted someone near me during those days.

Initially, I got scared and thought that I would not survive, but thanks to my doctor and Ms Anuradha Saxena, who helped me a lot, sometimes even at 2 am in the night, I successfully encountered Breast Cancer. They both supported me to the extent that I never felt I had Breast Cancer. They used to talk to me for hours to make me feel better. My family, daughter, and husband were always there as my pillar of strength. I would say that my daughter became a second doctor because she used to take care of me in every way. My husband used to stay awake the whole night just to support me. Thinking about my children and the thought that I need to fight for them kept me going. Connecting to other cancer patients also motivated me because if they have been through so much and came out of it, then I can too.

I love cooking, so after 4-5 days of chemotherapy, I used to cook everything I like. I also started enjoying playing ludo and used to play ludo with my maid for 4-5 hours. I also loved doing Bhajan, Kirtan and dedicated a large chunk of my time to that.

After I was cancer-free, I joined the NGO Sangini and got inspired by seeing other cancer survivors leading their normal life.

Conversation with Breast Cancer winner Madhu Lakhani
Conversation with Breast Cancer winner Madhu Lakhani
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It’s been seven years since my Breast Cancer Treatment got over, and I am absolutely fine now. I believe that if you have willpower, then you can come out of anything. You will get negative people in every step of life, but you have to focus on the positive people in your life. We have to be kind and help others in whichever way we can. I feel that negativity gets completely vanished after you survive cancer.

Parting Message

Have strong willpower; don’t get scared of anything because you can get through everything. Stay positive and follow your passion.

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