“The weird truth about most cancers is that the symptoms are either non-existent or don’t show up until the disease aggravates to its final stages.
My battle started when I developed a fever, a few days post my son’s first birthday. Having had a fairly decent immunity for twenty-seven years until then got me curious and I wanted to get consulted. Starting there, I moved from one physician to another, taking multiple diagnoses but eventually testing negative for everything. No doctor was able to spot what was wrong and my results were declared ‘normal’.
But the sense of uneasiness in my head was persistent and it got me to take up a full body checkup additionally, just to be extra sure. And thank god I did, for my apprehensions came true! The reports revealed that I was in fact suffering from stage four Ovarian cancer! Needless to say, my entire family was devastated, but what they focused on instead was working together as a single unit to assist my recovery.
Next came the Chemotherapy phases. And I say phases because I’ve experienced not one or two, but three relapses which have been exhausting at all levels. Every time my hopes peaked after being declared ‘cancer-free’, would again plummet back in a few months. And despite being a positive person, all my recent visits to the hospital, feel like they could be the last. Now adding further to the chaos is the question of ‘why’ I developed cancer at this age. It nudges me because every other patient I come across at the treatment centers is at least twice my age.
Nevertheless, amidst the pain, it’s my son who keeps me happy and going. Also, having witnessed how meticulously my husband takes care of me, truly makes me count my blessings. None of my changes ever bothered him, be it the weakness, physical transformation, or even the hair fall. To date, he wakes me up with a kiss on the forehead, reassuring I’m beautiful as ever. All this makes me aspire to get through and start afresh, all healthy.
Lastly, in all its vigour, this journey has reemphasized the benefits of a natural lifestyle which I now encourage others to follow as well. The switch might initially seem difficult but is completely worth it. Take it from a thriver!”
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