There are many women and families who are struggling for life against breast cancer.
While many women dread this struggle, there are few heroes who not only fight like a true warrior but are also strong enough to share the lessons that their cancer struggle taught them about life.
In the past, many celebrities came forward to share their cancer struggle, here is a story of a common woman like you and us, who never thought she would be struggling with this deadly disease.
But, when she did, cancer taught her the lesson on how to live.
Though Pooja lost her life to breast cancer, she managed to share her inspiring cancer struggle with us. While sharing her inspiring cancer struggle with HoB a few years back, she shared how her second stage cancer taught her the most valuable lesson about life:
“Second stage breast cancer and me? I never expected it. I was only 49 this January when I was detected. I was shocked because I’m the kind of person who always took care of my health, whether it was eating healthy food, exercising or doing yoga.
After receiving this news I shifted to my nephew’s house in Bombay for treatment. My daughter’s here, taking care of me through the treatment but I miss my husband and the rest of my family back in Amritsar. A few weeks ago, my doctor allowed me to travel back to Amritsar for a few days to stay with my husband…and I can’t express how happy I felt to just be back home with him.”
“What has this experience taught you?”
“I’ve stopped looking at Cancer as a disease — believe it or not, it’s been more of a blessing. It made me realize so many things I would have never learned otherwise. Yes, in the beginning, it was hard to digest and I did break down two or three times but the beauty of this journey unfolded itself to me when I started accepting and gladly accepting. Instead of wasting my energy on fighting it, I’ve embraced it and summoned the strength to recover. Cancer has taught me to accept, not just myself but others around me. I’ve let go of any grudges I’ve ever held, let go of any form of judgment. Everyone is fighting some battle or the other — cancer has taught me to respect the struggle of everyone around me and treat them with kindness.
More than anything, cancer has taught me to live. To understand that life is a celebration and that every day wasted complaining about trivial things is a day less of feeling blessed to just be alive.”
Through the story of this cancer fighter, we want to celebrate the courage of every woman, who is battling bravely for her life against breast cancer. Many women choose to suffer in silence and hence, the scary facts related to breast cancer are not well known.
- Do you know – Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women in India
- Do you know – One woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, in India, every 4 minutes
- And, do you know – One woman dies of Breast cancer, in India, every 8 minutes
No one ever believes that they could be the next victim of breast cancer and hence, we ignore the three important yet easy steps – Clinical Exams, Ultrasound and Mammogram – to detect and fight the breast cancer at the early stage.
At IFORHER, we request every reader to undergo regular check-ups to win the battle against breast cancer. This is the best gift that you can give to your kids, family and yourself.