Life has become beautiful and meaningful for those who have braved breast cancer. As the world observes October as Breast cancer awareness month, the city-based breast cancer survivors share their stories of courage and determination which did not let them succumb to the disease.
Right decision of getting breasts clinically examined has saved the life of Gurpreet Kaur, who is now motivating others to go for timely medical examination.
“I was living a healthy life, until my daughter started insisting me to get my mammography done. I ignored her every time, as I did not have any symptom. But, I was shocked when I saw the reports- I had breast cancer,” said Gurpreet Khaira, 72, retired principal from Government College, Dera Bassi.
In another such case, a few moments of breast self examination has given a new life to Neena Singh, 70 years old, breast cancer survivor.
“During self-breast examination, I found a lump in my breast and when clinically examined, it turned out to be breast cancer. For once, I was shattered but then the thought of my children gave me the motivation to live,” said Neena Singh.
“Never ignore an early symptom of breast cancer, learn to recognize the symptoms and if you are above 40 then get regular health check up done,” she advices.
Ranjana Tulsi, 66 was diagnosed with breast cancer around 15 years back. She still recalls the period when she underwent mastectomy and chemotherapy. “That period, has converted me to a different person altogether. I have become more confident now and live every moment, for I know the value of life,” Ranjana Tulsi said.
She has become a motivator for several other women who are suffering from breast cancer. “When I come across other women suffering from breast cancer, I tell them that I am a survivor and motivate them to win the fight against breast cancer. We have to accept the reality and move ahead in life,” she said.
All these survivors are the members of the Sahayata Charitable Welfare Society. They conduct regular educational programmes spreading awareness among women about the breast cancer and motivate them to get examination done.