As we struggle with the emotional stress and uncertainty of Coronvirus pandemic, here’s an inspiring message from Manisha Koirala, who found the strength to beat this unseen fear from her cancer struggle.
Battling Cancer is never easy. The struggle to live life under constant fear of cancer could be one of the toughest struggles that one can ever think of. While many choose to struggle in silence, there are few who gather the courage to speak about their fears and pain to inspire others.
From talking about her painful journey of beating Ovarian cancer to inspiring other cancer survivors, Manisha has shown that we can overcome any testing phase in our lives through courage and determination.
On 29 November 2012, Manisha’s life changed forever as she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. According to reports, Manisha had no clue about the disease, until she began feeling very weak and went to a hospital with her brother.
But after years of physically and emotionally draining battle against ovarian cancer, Manisha came out a much stronger person. She is not only a cancer survivor but also inspires others to live their lives to the fullest, and with “courage”.
Recently Manisha came forward to inspire many about living life in the current situation fully without the constant fear of Coronavirus; and what future holds for us.
Comparing the nationwide shutdown to her fight against cancer, she shared the following to give hope to many others:
“When the lockdown was announced I had some anxiety because I was working till early March and it’s not just me. I have elderly parents with me and that was a huge concern. But I spoke to a few friends, who are doctors, and they advised that I should stop looking at these WhatsApp messages.”
She further added:
“What I went through during the cancer treatment has given me the courage to deal with the present situation. I am focusing on just today, not tomorrow, not the day after or when the lockdown will be over. I was just smiling to myself and thinking that it’s just how the situation repeats itself.
Though in cancer, I was living with the fear of psychosis for a longer time. We didn’t know if the treatment was working for about 4 to 6 months and then there was a waiting period for three years to feel safe which was way longer than this. But the lockdown did remind me of those days.”
At IFORHER, we admire Manisha for her strength and we believe if she could go through so much and still finds hope and happiness in her life, so can we! More power to Manisha and each one of us who is trying to find a ray of hope during these dark times.