Early Detection and Access to Doctors:
My mother was diagnosed with a breast lump in 2011. Thankfully, it was an early-stage breast cancer detection that helped us save her. She has always lived in Mumbai, and the city offered us great options for treatment. Since some of the best cancer treatment hospitals in the country are located here, we did not face any issue in deciding where to go for help. Though many cancer fighters do not have such easy access to medical facilities, we were blessed to find the right doctors at the right time. You would be surprised to learn of the miraculous recovery!
A Stitch in Time, Saved Mom:
The doctors were notably helpful and guided us patiently through the entire recovery process. Right from the first collection of the blood sample to a secure surgery, the experts did it all. One of the best advice that the doctors told us was to get her surgery done as soon as possible. Since it was the initial phase, my mother did not need any chemotherapy or radiation treatment. A delay could have pushed her in that direction, but the medical staff ensured that she was saved from the painful and stressful treatment procedures. The left breast was removed via operation, and my mother recovered on medication.
The breast cancer treatment process was not complicated at all. All we had to undergo was surgery, and that would solve everything. We were surprised at the efficiency and swiftness with which everything was done. The blood sample reports reached us within a week, and the hospital treatment was over in around 21 days. Many people find it hard to believe that cancer treatment is indeed possible in such a short span. But we give all our regards to those who helped us during the tough times.
A Diet-Centric Approach:
We did not opt for an alternative treatment because we trusted the doctors thoroughly. Since it was the early stage, the ball was in our court. Though several people discussed the possibility of switching over to an Ayurvedic healing process, we chose to follow the medical experts. However, I would like to point here that my mother received a diet that was prescribed by cancer specialists. What you eat has a direct impact on your body’s cells and recovery. Thus, it is vital to have a balanced and nutrition-rich diet. Everyone, irrespective of fighting cancer or not, must note that changes in diet can help you fight any disease.
The Chronicles of a Septuagenarian:
She is seventy years old, but her strength and zeal for life are commendable. The doctors have advised us to go for a yearly checkup to be sure that there is no relapse or complications. Thankfully, everything is smooth right now, and we are forever indebted to the Almighty for helping us during our difficult days.
Initially, when my mother found out about her cancer, she was undoubtedly upset and slipped into a slight depression. Though the sadness did not stop her from fighting it bravely, she felt disappointed that why did it happen to her when she was not someone inclined to smoking or drinking or any of those ill-habits. All of us felt her pain and shared it. We did not want to reach the stage where she would need chemo, so we hurried and acted fast. Today, she works for herself and others around her. Significantly, her work has distracted her from her ordeal, and life pretty much seems to be back to how it was!
The Glacier of Inspiration:
We look up to her for inspiration. My father died at a very young age, so we are all that my mother has. Every family member was very supportive and did not let us feel that there was any disruption in their daily activities. Be it my uncles, aunts, siblings, or my wife; we were all there for one another whenever needed. Here, I want to highlight the point that luck also has a crucial role in determining who recovers. There may be cases where even early detection is not cured or instances when someone from the last stage may also be back. We have been fortunate, and it might also be the well-wishes of all the local ladies that my mother helps.
My mother is a working lady who is very passionate about what she does. She is excellent in compassion, and this reflects in her social activities. She is an inspiration for not only our family members but also the local ladies who work in the nearby market. My mother ensures that no one can take away their rights.
My message to all cancer fighters and survivors would be to look after themselves thoroughly. I have often seen patients not taking precautions or proper care of themselves because they are entirely dependent on medical treatment. I feel it is a grave mistake to avoid personal care and hygiene. The urban life is marked with high pollution and exposure to daily dirt and dust. These affect our body adversely, leading to problems and illnesses. Since chemotherapy anyway strips the body of any strength or energy, a lack of protection from infection can worsen things.