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Swagathika Acharya (Nasopharyngeal Cancer Survivor)

Swagathika Acharya (Nasopharyngeal Cancer Survivor)

I am Swagatika Acharya, and I am a Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma survivor. My cancer was diagnosed in October 2017. I am working for a cancer-free nation ahead and believe that if we accept & believe in ourselves, not only cancer, we can face any life challenge. I love challenges & working dedicatedly for whatever comes on my way. My strength is my positive approach to life & battle with cancer. I love travelling, trekking, gardening & living a quality life with a big smile. I love smiling & sharing smiles & happiness. When we smile back at our problems, they run away from us & that’s the formula of how I deal with my problems.

Diagnosis 

I was only 19 years old, and I played for my college cricket team; I started getting a sore throat pain. When I consulted the doctor, he said that maybe it was because of the cold. I was getting exposed to cold every day because of cricket practice. 

After a few days, I noticed a lump below my neck on the left side. And the lump started growing day by day. I consulted the doctor once again; they misdiagnosed it with tuberculosis. The doctors advised me to take medicine for tuberculosis. But the report for tuberculosis tests was negative. The doctor felt that tuberculosis is not diagnosed in the primary stage. After taking continuous medicine for four months, my health did not improve. Instead, it deteriorated day by day. The small lump covered my full neck. It was very painful. One day after returning from college, I collapsed. During the test, my WBC count was 45000, which was not normal. And then, the doctor felt that it is not gland tuberculosis; it is something else. 

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