“If I say it wasn’t a big deal, then I am definitely lying. It is said that “no pain, no gain.” I gained the biggest aspect called hope through cancer. As a patient, I have had to survive and live through a long process of fear and isolation. This grueling experience changes an individual and those around her dramatically. In my case, I was blessed to have had extensive support when I was battling the disease. The verdict of life is “expect the unexpected” and no matter however big problems are chasing you, stop running and face them,” said Praveena, one of the cancer survivors.
“I was 20 years old when I became a live liver donor to none other than my father. I was nervous and people tried to convince me against donating as it could lead to future health issues. However, all my fears ended as I saw my father recovering at a great speed,” said Sindhu, one of the organ donors.
Like Praveena and Sindhu, women who have fought cancer or have become live donors for their families gathered at Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Yeshwanthpur to be a part of ‘Celebrating the fighting spirit in you’ campaign organized to celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday.
8 cancer survivors and 20 live organ donors attended the event and shared their own heart-touching stories. It was also attended by the recipients of the organs, family members, friends and healthcare professionals to show that life after cancer diagnosis or a transplant can be meaningful and productive. Their experiences gave the crowd the hope to fight against all odds and win.
The event was inaugurated by IPS Mrs. MaliniKrishnamoorthy, IGP, Karnataka State Reserve Police, Bangalore. The event was also attended by family members, friends and healthcare professionals to show that life after cancer diagnosis or organ donation can be meaningful and productive.
“Cancer survivors and Organ donators are one of the noblest souls in our society. Cancer survivors show us the fighting spirit in humans; to go against all odds. Organ donors bring us face to face with the highest level of selfless love towards human beings. These women face various challenges such as hindered access to specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate insurance, financial hardships, employment problems and psychological struggles. In light of these difficulties, our community needs to focus on improving the quality of life for cancer survivors and organ donors,” said Dr. Satish Kumar, Clinical Hematologist, Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Yeshwanthpur.
“The objective of this event was to inspire women who are facing health related challenges. It is about fighting and winning over the disease and not succumbing to it. With major advancement in cancer prevention, detection and organ transplants, it is extremely crucial to create awareness among people inspire them to fight the battle and emerge victorious,” said Ms. AmbiliVijayaraghavan, General Manager, Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Yeshwanthpur.