Colon Cancer Diagnosis
I am a kidney stone patient and have also had an operation for the same. I was on regular check-ups, and during one of my check-ups, my radiologist saw that I had swelling in my colon and advised me to consult a gastroenterologist. I consulted a gastroenterologist, and he suggested me to do a colonoscopy. I used to have weakness and fever sometimes. I said all these things to the doctor. After the colonoscopy, it became clear that I had stage two Colon Cancer. The Colon Cancer diagnosis was a shock for me, but I gathered my courage and started my treatment with a lot of patience.
Colon Cancer Treatment
Within a week, I had my surgery, and it took around one month for my recovery. Later, I had chemotherapy, and slowly and steadily, everything started getting better.
I had already undergone two successful surgeries and had won over kidney stone. Therefore I was confident that I could win over this Colon Cancer too. My wife was with me when I got the news of the cancer diagnosis. It was a shock for both of us, but we gave each other courage and started the treatment.
After one and half months of the surgery, I started my Chemotherapy from a hospital in Vadodara. There were many struggles during the chemotherapy, including loss of appetite, low hemoglobin and Platelet counts, weakness and weight loss, but then with time, everything got back on track. The doctor had already told me that I would have side effects during my Chemotherapy sessions, including hair fall, but I didn't need to worry about it. The doctors were very motivating and suggested turmeric milk and other tonics.
I never stopped working. My home and office are in the same place, so I used to go to my office whenever I felt energetic. I never liked staying in bed. I used to water plants, do routine chores, and later started going to my friend's house.
I was ready to face everything and made up my mind that I will take full treatment no matter what. I had eight Chemotherapy sessions of 21 days. I had weight loss and many other problems, but I always had the support of my family, wife, and friends, which never made me feel that I was undergoing Cancer Treatment.
Whenever anyone used to come to me with a scarred face, I used to tell them not to worry, it's me who got cancer, and that I would come out of it. My wife supported me a lot during the time I could not eat anything. I got a lot of support and care from my wife. I feel positive thoughts are very important, my environment was very positive, and that's why I could come out of it.
Now I regularly go for follow-ups, and all my reports are normal.
Life after Cancer
I was not this energetic even before cancer; it feels like I have got some new powers and energies. Now, I wake up at 5 am in the morning and go cycling for at least 10km every day. My confidence level has gone very high now. I think I can fight with anything now. I believe we can do anything we want.
Medical science says that you get negative thoughts whenever you hear anything wrong. Negative thoughts are normal but keeping your mind stable while dealing with those negative thoughts is essential.
I never had the question of why me in my mind. I feel lucky that I got diagnosed at stage two, and this was the first positive thought that came to my mind that okay, it's cancer, but at least I got diagnosed at stage two, without any significant symptoms.
I believe you don't die before death comes. We all have to die one day, then why to worry about it. You can die of an accident, heart attack, or with anything else, but with cancer, we will least have some time to prepare for it. So take the treatment today and don't think much about what will happen tomorrow; just enjoy being in the moment. Be aware of your symptoms, be happy, and live in the moment.
If you have done something good in life, you will have more positive thoughts and confidence. The more good you do, the more positive, happy, and confident you will feel.
It's imperative to motivate people. I try to motivate every cancer patient I meet. Medicines do work, but motivation from other survivors works more on the patients.
Take proper treatment and have positive thoughts. If you aspire to live, then no one can defeat you. The more confident you are, the more soon you will recover. Medicines will work only when you take them positively and believe that these medicines will cure you.