At the age of 42, I had a career to vie for, a dutiful wife, a five-year-old daughter, and parents. I was making steadfast progress in the domain of Sales after working with some leading banks and financial companies in the country. I was always pushing myself to 'DO MORE'. With enough money to splurge in an affluent lifestyle, life was pacing towards new heights.
A Screeching Halt:
I was getting worried about a painless lump on my neck and a white patch on my upper tongue which also wouldn't wade by taking the usual mouth ulcer medicine. And then I had to consult my local doctor who asked me to get a Biopsy done which I did and the report declared that I had Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
Bolt from the Blue:
The report shook my head to toe, I was feeling helpless, and thoughts unimaginable kept coming. With sharing this news with my family I was determined to fight head-on what was coming my way in the form of health issues, financial hardships, lifestyle, and many more.
Visit to the Hospital:
I approached a renowned hospital in Pune and got clarity on the entire medical protocol which was to be followed in my case. To begin with, a tongue Surgery was performed where a portion of my tongue was removed and a patch from my wrist was slapped on.
Post-surgery, I had a tremendous weight loss and found out that I don't look the same as I had with cuts, marks, stitches all around my neck, and face which was disturbing. Post this, I was asked to take Chemotherapy for 5 cycles and undergo radiation for 15 days.
Life drops Bombshell:
I was discharged 2 weeks later and I had some time in hand to start the chemo and radiation. But then I got another blow in the form of my partner seeking separation from our marriage with my child. I was trying to return to my earlier life by joining the job again and keeping myself in high life condition.
Due to all these family issues, I had delayed my chemo and I guess that was the primary reason where the realization came in October and this time it was hitting me hard.
PET scan and MRI suggested another Surgery and a larger cycle of Chemotherapy and radiation. It was initiated immediately and it started with common effects like running nose, vomiting, and hair fall.
By this time my employer also felt the pinch of my absence and on mutual agreement, I resigned. I managed the series of Chemotherapy well and was always keeping myself motivated that I can fight this battle and be a winner.