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‘Brace up & face it,fight it head on,’ says cancer survivor Hargunpreet

‘Life’s battles don’t always go to the strongest or the fastest man.

Written by Smriti Sharma Vasudeva | Chandigarh |
February 8, 2012 3:58:05 am

‘Life’s battles don’t always go to the strongest or the fastest man. For the one who wins is the one who thinks he can…!’

These lines aptly describe the story of 24-year-old Hargunpreet Singh,a survivor in the literal sense who after battling with Leukaemia,a form of blood cancer,for over five years,has emerged a winner. After undergoing treatment at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and being declared absolutely fit by the doctors,he now wants to motivate other cancer patients not to stop living their life after diagnosis of the disease. “Instead,brace up and face it,fight it…,head on”,says Hargunpreet,who will soon be completing his masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Panjabi University,Patiala,and wants to take up developmental journalism as a career.

From the time of diagnosis,undergoing various painful tests,numerous chemotherapy sessions and radiotherapy,life has come full circle for this youngster. “Before the disease hit me,I was like any other regular student of my age,would only think of myself,my dreams,my life in a way,individualistic. But after having come back to normal life,my outlook towards life has changed for good. Now I want to contribute to society,do something for others,instilling positivity and spirit to live and fight back,if not more,” said Singh,beaming with confidence.

Dr Subhash Varma,head of the Department of Internal Medicine,PGIMER,who treated Hargunpreet said,“I still remember him as a very different boy. Right from the time he was told about his ailment,he was very positive and confident. It is almost five years that he is off medication completely and is fully cured.”

Diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 15 when he was a resident of Patiala,Hargunpreet had just reached class X,his eyes full of dreams of donning a doctor’s coat or engineer’s cap. Not the one to sit back and give up,he started reading motivational books especially the works of Swami Vivekananda,and even started contributing articles to various newspapers. He got a book published of a compilation of 108 articles which appeared in different newspapers titled,“ Mussebtaan Ton Na Ghabrao”.

A topper all through his life,the world came crashing down for his parents,mother Rajinder Kaur,Assistant librarian at Punjabi University,Patiala,and his father Rupinder Singh,an English Lecturer at Government School,Pheel Khana,Patiala,who could not dare to tell their son that he was suffering from the dreaded disease.

A true winner,he got 78.46 per cent marks in class X and stood first in class XI and XII in the humanities group. He was also awarded the Jeevan Shakti Award for 2008 by Sahayta Cancer Sahyog Society. In April 2010,Hargunpreet again stood first in Multani Mal College in all three years of graduation,scoring 75.13 per cent marks.

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