Vikas (Brain Cancer): “How I became the village hero!”

Vikas Brain cancer Survivor

My life was utterly overturned in 2016 when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I had suffered fits and attacks twice before I consulted a doctor. My uncle’s son is a doctor who helped me proceed with the diagnosis and treatment. Though it wasn’t easy for me, I stood my ground and fought with courage. The entire procedure was based in Jaipur and Gurgaon, where I walked on my path of a steady recovery. 

 

Discussing the treatment, I underwent surgery, followed by a month of radiation therapy. A brain cancer is often difficult to treat because the brain itself is a very delicate organ of the body. Even the slightest mistake in operation can lead to permanent, irreversible damages. But I was blessed to have supportive experts and doctors around me who knew what they were doing. The positive environment around me played a critical role in my recovery.

My father is a farmer while my mother is a housewife. I am the eldest child in my family, followed by a younger sister and brother. Since I was the eldest, I could not get weak before anyone. However, my most significant support system was my father. Such treatments often take a toll on an individual’s bank balance. We are a middle-class family, so it becomes evident that the financial aspect was always on my mind. But it was my father who arranged the funds for my treatment and never let me feel anything is amiss.

When I was diagnosed with a brain cancer, I was engaged to my lady love. But the lack of awareness regarding the illness led to a breakup. I was heartbroken at that time and felt that I was being mistreated. Since I belong to a less-privileged class of society, most of the onlookers thought that I would go crazy after a point. But this is precisely the misconception that I wish to challenge. Today, I have recovered completely and have a government job at the railways. It is my hard work and dedication that has helped me reach wherever I am. 

 

My message to all cancer fighters is that they must remain strong and hopeful. In my case, too, it was a sudden turn of events that no one had expected. Similarly, no one anticipates such an illness in their body. But there is very little that one can do. Though there are several preventive measures, there is no guarantee that you can avoid it altogether. On a personal level, I have never been someone who is drawn towards tobacco or drinking. Yes, it was a life-changing experience to undergo this treatment and emerge victoriously.

A lifestyle change that I incorporated into my daily routine was yoga. I realized it could be healing for the body and soothing for the mind. Thus, yoga has now become an inevitable part of my schedule. The best part about yoga is that it has no side effects. It is an entirely natural process where you connect with your senses a little more. It is the main reason why I would recommend it to everyone. It helps you to fight several health problems and energizes you for the day.

Family members and caregivers must focus on creating a positive environment because they are the pillars of survival. It is their love and support that keeps the patient motivated to live. I am actively associated with the village Panchayat in spreading awareness about brain cancer and tumors. My people need me, and I feel one with them to help them understand our twisted lives a little better.

Vikas Brain cancer survivor