For the last 30 years, as a Cancer Surgeon, I have had hundreds of patients; rich and poor, young and old, powerful captains of Industry and people from all walks of life sitting in front of me. The reaction to the word ‘Cancer’ is universally the same – FEAR. There are so many myths and misconceptions about the disease. I thought the best way to help people is to eradicate the myths and share some scientific information.
I have seen ordinary men and women with extraordinary courage who took on to fight the big C and win hands down. They give us the courage to defeat fear and conquer the ‘Big C’. This is not ‘Chicken soup for the Cancer soul, this is medicine with motivation. All the stories and people are real and their courage is truly unreal. Many want to share their triumph and even use their name so that others can be motivated and helped.
When you defeat fear, you defeat Cancer
Can ‘love’ cure cancer?
Bhupen, a young software engineer aged 30, was recently engaged to a pretty girl. He just had some discomfort in his abdomen and on performing an ultrasound it was found that he had a problem in the liver. It was a big shock for the family and his elderly parents were devastated. But what impressed me was that both he and his fiancée were determined that they would fight. I was stunned when Meena, his fiancée, pleaded with me that they should get married immediately so that her love can cure Bhupen.
Dr. J: Do you know what Bhupen is suffering from?
M: I know everything and I am sure doctor.
Dr J: Then wait for a year and I will tell you when you can get married.
As his luck, her love and prayers turned out, Bhupen had a rare curable tumor called neuro-endocrine tumor, the same tumor which Steve Jobs had when he was diagnosed to have pancreatic cancer. It was slow growing and Bhupen was really lucky because many new drugs came in. Steve Jobs, though one of the richest men in the world, was poor in this aspect because he didn’t have access to the recent developments in this field. But Steve still survived for nearly 4 years. I will tell you the medical story behind Steve Jobs another day
Bhupen was fortunate to have access to the new drugs and he started recovering. One day he came to see me. He had a broad smile on his face.. the tumor had subsided substantially and he was very happy. But I knew that the broad smile was not because of that. After a year of waiting, he and Meena wanted to get married and I couldn’t say No. It was one wedding I had promised myself that I would not miss. It was truly a beautiful wedding. Though all the guests knew about Bhupen’s illness, everything was absolutely normal. People enjoyed, the couple was very happy and their happiness continues to endure.
Love CAN help in cancer cure. Patients need plenty of love and care
People like Meena and Bhupen bring so much value to their life. Sometimes I wonder how can we even complain when we are so fortunate to have good health.
‘Cancer’ is just a word and every cancer is not the same. Like ‘fever’ is just a symptom – it can be malaria, typhoid or anything else. There are hundreds of cancers, in different parts of the body, afflicting different age groups and each with different outcome. A majority of them can now be detected early and also cured. So there is nothing to despair about; nothing to fear. We just need to be aware.
When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.
– a profound quote from unknown source
Next week, I will talk to you about another myth – that cancer is hereditary…. Angelina’s Anxiety
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