I was detected with breast cancer in 2006. Though ten years have passed, I still have vivid memories of my journey to recovery.
When I noticed small changes occurring in my body, I immediately went for diagnostic tests and expert medical advice. I got myself screened at Mobile Detection Unit of Roko Cancer.
Breast Cancer requires dedicated treatment and with the support of Roko Cancer, my family and relatives, I began to recover.
I underwent the treatment for almost one year that included surgery, post-surgery issues, chemotherapy and radiation. During this time, my inner strength helped me cope. Physical endurance and adaptability to undergo the complete treatment is the key.
Though my body became weak with every stage of treatment and heavy medication, my mind was always strong and looking forward to the next day.
I was yearning to go back to my normal life and to my only family – my son Safaljot Singh, who was just 14 years old then. I have been a single parent since 20 years and going back to my son gave me a strong reason to live.
My father S Tarlok Singh Bajaj was always there during the time of my treatment, praying for me. He has seen me passing through it successfully.
I had no medical insurance to fall back upon, and I was under debts because of this expensive treatment. But the motto of my life is “Zindagi Jeene Ka Naam Hai” (Life should be lived fully) and it has kept me going against all odds.
After such an extensive and specialised treatment, I was told that it would take time for normalcy to return and may not come back at all.
But nothing deterred me to swing back to normal life. I have experienced that having a positive spirit kills all ailments.
In the past 10 years, I have been endeavouring to enrich myself professionally. I have found my passion in research and in my pursuit of happiness; I am trying my best to excel in my job.
I would like to share this advice with all the women across the globe that one must go for regular screening once they approach thirties.
Healthy lifestyle and exercise helps in reducing risk factors. Every person must have a medical insurance because a health problem will not inform you beforehand.
I would specifically mention that early detection and self-awareness of breast cancer aids in fighting and defeating it. Pursuing dedicated treatment helps in survival chances.
The other important thing is, if you face any chronic health issue; do not hide it from the society as it is not a “stigma”. Simply take it as a challenge and overpower it with will power and proper medical treatment.
My only message is – “Don’t be afraid of the word Cancer. Just love your life, live it to the fullest without taking any stress. Be happy and conquer cancer.”
– Dr Jasveen Kaur is a breast cancer survivor who works as an Associate Professor in University Business School (UBS), Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar (Punjab, India)
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