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“I WAS 26 WHEN I FIRST NOTICED A LUMP IN MY BREAST. I WENT TO THE DOCTOR BUT WAS MISDIAGNOSED AROUND FOUR TIMES. A YEAR PASSED AND MY LUMP HAD GROWN FROM 2 CM TO 10 CM. I WENT TO A MULTI-SPECIALIST HOSPITAL AND INSISTED ON DOING A TEST. THE RESULTS WERE INCONCLUSIVE. MY BOYFRIEND INSISTED ON GOING TO TATA MEDICAL CENTER.
I TOOK THE TESTS AND RETURNED TO MY LIFE IN BANGALORE. ONE NIGHT, AS MY FRIENDS CELEBRATED SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENTS, I STARED AT MY RESULTS. INVASIVE DUCTAL CARCINOMA. STAGE 3 BREAST CANCER. THE REPORTS COULDN’T BE TRUE, I THOUGHT. I WAS 27 YEARS OLD. BREAST CANCER WAS A DISEASE WHICH HAPPENED TO OLDER WOMEN.
The pre-medications caused constant nausea and indigestion. The chemo itself caused my veins to burn from the inside and made my bones throb in pain. It was fifteen days after my first chemo that I noticed ten lose strands of hair on my pillow. It took five days for all my hair to fall out. When I first looked at the mirror, I could barely recognize myself. Chemo made me feel alien in my own body. I needed to fight this, and I turned to make-up. With make-up, I could hide the unhealthy pallor of my skin, my dark circles, and wigs to go with it all! When I put my “face” on, I felt invincible. I knew if I stayed positive and happy, I could win over cancer and I could feel my tumour shrinking within me.
After finishing college, I went to Mumbai and got a chemo port inserted as my veins were burnt with the medicines by now. I started a series of twelve weekly sessions and flew back for my convocation two days later. When I climbed on the IIMB stage, everyone clapped louder than ever. After chemo, my tumour couldn’t be felt any more. I had to go through 20 sessions of radiotherapy to destroy any stray cells. It burnt my skin black and was painful.
TODAY, I AM CANCER FREE BUT THE DOCTORS HAVE PUT ME ON A DRUG CALLED TAMOXIFEN WHICH HAS INDUCED A FIVE-YEAR MENOPAUSE. I CANNOT HAVE A BABY IN THIS PERIOD. THE DRUG ALSO CAUSES A LOW SEX DRIVE AND DEPRESSION. BUT I KNOW I WILL WIN OVER THIS. I HAVE THE SUPPORT OF MY FAMILY, FRIENDS AND ESPECIALLY MY BOYFRIEND WHO HAS STOOD BY ME LIKE A ROCK. WE ARE GETTING MARRIED IN DECEMBER. I CAN’T WAIT TO START THIS NEW PHASE OF MY LIFE WITH A MAN WHO HAS LOVED ME NOT ONLY AT MY BEST BUT ALSO AT MY WORST AND HELD ON AT MY WEAKEST. THOUGH SOME PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED THAT WE ARE GETTING MARRIED BUT TRUE LOVE IS ABOUT LOVING ONE’S SOUL!
CANCER HAS TAUGHT ME TO BE PATIENT, KIND, AND MORE EMPATHETIC, TO RISE ABOVE EVEN WHEN THE WORLD COMES CRASHING DOWN, TO REDEFINE ‘LIFE’ AND ‘LOVE’ Solanki said.
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Jaya Awtani: God bless you! Just make sure tamoxifen doesn’t cause uterine issues
Deepali Gore: Wish you both a great life ahead, hold on guys happy days are coming, may god fulfill all your dreams, more power to you girl.
Saxena: Such a brave strong lady u are..!! God bless you Dear. Nd happy married Life . The new chapter of your life going to be opened now😊
Saha: God bless ! You are so blessed 😘 be strong sweetheart always and have a happy and awesome life. Congratulations on the big day. You have rightly said true love is about loving one’s soul. All the best and be happy 🙂
Kumar: God bless you both …I am very happy for your strength … but happier for the support & pillar you got in your life … all the best
Saju: You are a fighter keep fighting and defeat the cancer god bless u always remember if God has given you a life no one takes away
Sharma: Extremely courageous. Hats off to you and your boyfriend. Wish you all the best for your future. Love and respect. 👍🏻🙏🏻