Here is a true inspirational story.
Last week I operated on Nimi for the 3rd time. She insisted that I use her name as she is not worried or scared. She had undergone 8 surgeries since 2009 in different places including MD Anderson centre earlier. Yes, her morale should have been down and she should have been depressed and dejected. On the contrary she is full of life and keeps joking about her “unwelcome friend’. She has recovered well and rearing to get on with her life in full speed. God bless.
I had a chat with her after a major surgery nearly 4 years ago when we removed a huge mass.
She recovered well from the surgery and said “Doc, you have given me a second chance”.
I said, “It is not me but God who has given you a second chance but this ‘second chance’ should be used to lead a wonderful life”. That statement seems to have stuck with her because she not only got back with vigour to her career but also enjoyed many trips abroad living life to the fullest.
There are many such remarkable men and women who not only beat cancer but also enjoy their lives without brooding continuously.
Thre is no doubt that positive attitude helps tremendously to cope with cancer and as a matter of fact any adversity. Be it chemotherapy or radiotherapy, its all about the will power. Fortunately we have a great family support system.
But more than any thing “ when you defeat fear, you defeat cancer’.
When I see such people I really feel that none of us have any cause to complain about the bad roads, monsoons and all the so called problems we face in our daily life. The biggest lesson from these patients is ‘Big C can not only be conquered but can be defeated with resounding success’.
The ‘second chance’ should be looked upon as a blessing to lead a remarkable life.