‘Take cancer in your stride and B +ve’
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Inderjit Kaur, a 57-year-old resident of Zirakpur, underwent a surgery, eight rounds of chemotherapy and 33 sittings for radiation therapy in the past one year to fight a battle against cancer. She says she has emerged stronger from the experience.
Inderjit, along with other cancer survivors, was present at Saarthak Meet that was organised by Fortis Hospital. She said, "I used to be arrogant about my health. We had recently shifted from Ahmedabad to Chandigarh, when I discovered a lump in my breast. Tests revealed that it was cancer. The surgery in August 2011, was followed by chemotherapy sessions."
She adds that she took the disease in her stride and did not let it affect her. Her family, she says, supported her and tried to ensure that things were normal. Wife of a retired army personnel, she was working as a teacher of history in Ahmedabad.
Col (retd) Kirpal Singh is another survivor of the ordeal. A trained commando, he says that it was his family that was shocked when they heard the news that he was suffering from colon cancer. He was operated in November 2011. Thereafter, he underwent 12 rounds of chemotherapy spread over six months. His wife, Bhupinder Kaur, said that he had never complained of even a headache, so the news of cancer came as a shock.
Col Kirpal said that those suffering from cancer should not lose heart and B +ve. They should follow the advice of their doctors, even though people come up with different suggestions. He added that he did not suffer any side effects of chemotherapy, and the doctors used to send patients to him for motivation. In fact, he got his daughter married during this period.
Husband-wife duo Satinder Singh and Harpal Kaur were detected with cancer in quick succession. While Harpal had to undergo surgery and chemotherapy, Satinder has been receiving oral drugs for cure.
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