How many of us have complains with our lives? How many of us want something more in life? How many of us crave for a better life? We are sure almost all of us do that. And that’s quite normal, isn’t that? We are not happy with certain things in life, the way our life is running, are worried about our problems etc.
But have we ever paused and thought about Cancer Warriors? Yes, we call them Cancer warriors because they are combating the dreadful disease. They are struggling with the onslaughts of this disease every day without complaining.
We take this forum to talk about these Warriors who have fought the Cancer battle without any grief, complain or regret and are happy with their lives. Fighting the cancer battle needs conviction, trust, firm determination and fortitude. These Warriors have depicted all of these and have set examples for millions. These are celebrities and common people like us who have shown courage and perseverance and have given a different meaning to their lives.
Robin Roberts: Robin Roberts is a renowned American television broadcaster. She is the anchor of ABC’s morning show Good Morning America. She was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2008 and underwent surgery. She was leading a cancer free life when in 2012 she was diagnosed with MDS Myelodysplastic Syndromes. She got a Bone Marrow Transplant in Aug 2012 and joined back Good Morning America in Early 2013. She is an epitome of a true fighter. Cancer never let her spirits go fed away. With support from her friends, fans and viewers she could win the Cancer battle. In her 5 years of Cancer combat, she never had a sign of worry on her face. Neither did she let the disease win over her. Such magnanimous is her will power.
Lisa Ray: Lisa Ray is a famous Bollywood actress who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma a relatively rare and incurable cancer of the white blood cells in the year 2009. She underwent a stem cell transplant and conquered Cancer. She believes her victory over cancer is all about healing her mind. She accepts the fact that she too just like any other cancer patient felt isolated, scared and dejected; nevertheless, her positive attitude and zeal let her win over the disease. She has realized the worth of life after bearing the onslaughts of the disease and devotes her time for cancer causes and family.
Dr. Mary Francis: Dr. Mary who owns a clinical research company, is a born fighter. She never let her zest and zeal fade away and faced Cancer valiantly and with confidence. While she was undergoing the painful surgery and chemotherapy, she continued doing her everyday activities both at work and at home. She considers life after cancer a new beginning and spends her quality time in spreading cancer awareness.
Anurag Basu: The famous Barfi Director Anurag Basu was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia (a condition that is usually found only in kids) in 2004. Apparently he was told he only had 50% chances of survival. It is incredible that he directed part of his movie sitting at the hospital while his treatment was on. He diverted his mind from cancer by keeping himself busy and undertaking projects. He has a beautiful quote for cancer survival, “Cancer had to fight me, I didn’t have to fight it.”
Russ Carlson: Russ is an ordinary person like you and me. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2000 and had a thin chance of survival. After 13 years of victory over the disease, Carlson feels he has found a new life and purpose for existence. Carlson devotes his time helping cancer patients and spreading cancer awareness.
Minakshi Chaudhry: Minakshi Chowdhury, a breast cancer survivor feels that worst is over and there’s no point in worrying about uncertainties. She admits the fact that the process of treatment was an ordeal for her. Nevertheless, like any other winner, she takes pride in saying that she fought the battle with utmost bravery. She has penned down her struggle and success in a book, Sunshine: My Encounter with Cancer. The book has been an inspiration for many who are combating the Cancer battle.
There are many such instances and examples of people who have shown their valor and never let their spirits die away. Positive attitude coupled with fervor and zest can make life simpler and our struggles more enjoyable. These people are happy and proud to say that this is the life they have chosen!
We are starting with our Cancer Topic Blogs. We would take up various topics on cancer and discuss on those.