chat icon

WhatsApp Expert

Book Free Consult

Vandana Desai (Stomach Cancer): I Was Well-Prepared To Fight It

Vandana Desai (Stomach Cancer): I Was Well-Prepared To Fight It

Detection/Diagnosis:

In 2017, I was admitted to the ICU after vomiting blood. A series of tests revealed that I was suffering from a dreaded disease. I was diagnosed with Stage III Stomach Cancer

Treatment Protocol:

Surgery was planned, and I lost my gastric valve, one-third of my esophagus, and two-thirds of my stomach. The surgery was followed by radiation and chemotherapy cycles. I underwent five cycles of Chemotherapy but stood strong. To keep myself away from negative thoughts, I focused on completing my son's journals. This gave me comfort and helped me pass the time while he was preparing for his HSC exams.

Challenges/Side-Effects:

I suffered from mood swings, appetite loss, and weight loss as side effects of the treatments. I experienced a relapse in 2019. This time I was prepared. I did not break down and kept my calm, treating the relapse as any other regular disease and simply wanting it out of my body. I started my treatment again, which consisted of eight cycles of radiation and chemotherapy. By this time, I was a certified yoga teacher and continued teaching yoga and meditation during my treatment.

Family Support:

As a tribute to my fight against cancer, my son secured admission to one of the best medical colleges in Mumbai. With the help of my family, friends, and medical team, I completed my treatment. I conquered this battle, thanks to each one of the wonderful members of my medical care team.

My husband stood by me like a rock. I know, as a caregiver, he was frightened too. But he was always by my side, holding my hands. Our relationship strengthened after I was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Even my children encouraged me immensely. They never made me feel like I was a patient with a dreaded disease. Everything at home went as usual, all of which played a great role in my healing and overall recovery.

Alternate Methods:

After two months of treatment, when I was diagnosed with cancer for the first time, I joined a Yoga class. Gradually, I decided to become a Yoga Trainer myself. In 2019, I became a certified Yoga teacher. It undoubtedly helped me recover from the side effects. I even started a YouTube channel to teach yoga, in easy to understand steps.

Lessons:

I feel that cancer opened my eyes and that it happened for good. I lead a completely normal life and my food habits are simple.

Parting Message:

Allopathy can cure only the physical part of cancer. But, cancer manifests into a mental issue as well. It is imperative to keep our mind calm and happy. Death is the ultimate reality. Life is full of miracles, lots of opportunities, and various possibilities.

Related Articles
We're here to help you. Contact ZenOnco.io at [email protected] or call +91 99 3070 9000 for any assistance