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You have penned down your cancer journey in a book, please tell us a bit about your new book?
I always wanted to write down my version of my cancer journey and cancer coach different people with the aim that even if I am able to make a difference in one person’s life my job is done. My book named Cancer As I know It – Six steps to beat cancer and feel awesome shares all the incidents that happened with me during this time. I launched it the year when I was completing 5 years of my treatment. It talks about all the people who knowingly and unknowingly became a part of my journey. What all changes I went through in these 5 years and also the circumstances which probably has made me a better person today. It also has a lot of funny stories that happened, and I still laugh over it at times. In addition, the contribution towards buying this book goes to charity to NGO’s who are working in the field of cancer care. It is available on Amazon in 13 countries in the kindle version and in 5 countries in hard copy version as well. I was very happy when a few cancer patients reached out to me after reading my book and they could relate to a lot of incidents. One of the best compliments I had was when such people appreciate and say that you really inspire us to fight and generate so much positivity amongst us.
What issues you faced as a cancer patient and how did you cope up with it?
Post my life-saving surgery I was on bed for over 3 months, I thought of reaching out to different people who were going through the phase who could help me but I realized there were very less Indian patients support group and blogs where I could interact. It took me no time to realize that people in India considered it as a stigma and people hesitate to talk about it, this was the time when I started my own blog and was vocal about my disease from day one so that the challenge what I faced can beat cancer coach for other people. What people don’t realize that with cancer, you are also fighting a physical, emotional and a mental battle as well. The toughest part is to keep your spirits high so that you do not give up at any stage and your friends and family play a very vital role in it. I am so thankful to God since I have a very supportive family and a wonderful bunch of friends who never let me drop the ball. I strongly believe that staying positive is your job and let the doctors do their job of treatment. I also realized more than fighting cancer we are fighting the fear of cancer so fighting the mental battle is a key and the first thing to be conquered.
Any advice would you have for cancer patients and their family?
Losing hope is the worst thing to do so do not lose hope. Good times don’t last for long and similarly bad times either. Cancer patients don’t need sympathy; they need empathy and motivation. I have seen patients in the oncology department who have lost all hope and are low in morale and eventually lose the battle as well. You have to be with them and motivate them to fight it. You need to be positive about it and more importantly, the patient itself should be positive and live life king size. After all, God only gives such things to special people who have the courage to fight such an ailment. In the