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Shraddha Pandey



Shraddha Pandey


A Cancer Fighter

A Cancer Fighter

7 mins 393 7 mins 393

I always thought life is very simple and there are no complications. Just finish your homework, play your favorite sport and go to your bed, this is what life is. I was living in an illusion. I never knew about the miracles and tragedies that can happen in life within seconds until the day I faced the worst experience of my life. I was living the best part of my life until then. It was the time to face the worst.

As usual, one day I woke up, got ready and left for school. I was feeling very strange as I realized that there was something wrong with my health. Nevertheless, I attended every lecture. When I returned back I didn’t say anything to my family members and tried to behave like a normal healthy girl. It was a week since I was feeling the same. After a week, I realized I should share this problem. So, I chose my mom and told her that I was feeling very weird. She shared this with my father and he gave me some tablets as he is a doctor. I took them and fell asleep.

By the next morning, I was sleeping and my mom was sitting next to me and taking tea. Meanwhile, she started cuddling and started moving her hand over my stomach. She felt something strange and when she tried to understand what exactly it was, she felt that the upper surface of my stomach was very solid. She got scared and asked my father to check it. He checked it and decided to take me to the hospital. After two hours of examination, the doctor came and suggested us to go to another city to get a better cure.

My parents got scared and they spoke in a quivering voice, “Another city? Why? What are you saying, Doctor”…The doctor revealed that their daughter was suffering from a serious disease. "I found symptoms of cancer, she is suffering from the same". The ground slipped under their feet. They started crying and asking for the reason for this disease. The doctor was in a hurry so he left asking to be excused. That was the first serious moment of my family till date. Everyone was nervous. There was a dilemma for my family. Everyone was speechless. I started feeling a problem in moving my body, walking and doing every kind of work.

I started sleeping on the floor as it became a challenge for me to climb into bed.It was a tough journey for me. I can't put the whole story into words. You can't even imagine what I went through!

After visiting many hospitals, they got the answer of what next…Tata Memorial Hospital, yes! We have to leave for Mumbai within two days. As it was the second stage of ovarian cancer, everyone was tensed. That night I saw my father weeping. I was helpless, I wanted to go close to him and wipe out his tears but I couldn’t. Seeing him weeping, I started crying too. That was the worst day for my family, the day when I came to know that I was suffering from cancer. I did not know much about the disease. Just that, I had a strong feeling that I had a few days left to live with these people. I always thought that there is no cure for this disease! It was just a passing phase as I was full of sorrow.

My dad was familiar with the disease, enough to understand its consequences. I said, “What? What did you just say? Doctor-Dear, it's a serious disease, did you ever hear about cancer?" I started crying after hearing the word. I felt it's time for me to leave the world. I said, “How many days are left?”…

I asked this question because I watched ' Waqt' meaning race against time and honestly I didn't know anything about this disease, just had an illusion in my mind that it’s a path to a single destination called death…The doctor said that it was the end of the second stage of cancer and it had grown too much, it was touching some organs too. I didn't get what he was talking about, but it seems like my father understood it all. They asked for Daddy's signature on some agreement. After a few days, they took me to the OT and operation was successful, fortunately. You can't even imagine that phase.

I had to appear for my exams. But, the doctor refused to let me leave the hospital. After the day I was operated on, I insisted that I had to go, I had to attend my board exams. He refused, saying that I was not capable of walking for the coming fifteen days. "You can give your exams next year. Don't forget, health comes first".

I started crying and asked him to remove all the pipes from my body. He refused that day and left the room. I tried to plead with my Daddy and elder brother to go away from this place within a few days. The next day, he(Dr.Shahid Qureshi of Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai) permitted me to be discharged. I thanked him, he was one of the best people I have ever met. A person with zero ego. I still remember the way he used to smile while looking at me. Finally, I went home, attended exams and got first division (65%) in the tenth standard. My Daddy was expecting 95+ when I started my studies for 10th, as I got 91.5 in my 8th and 93.7 in the 9th standard. Such results are responsible for enhancing the expectations of parents.

Meanwhile, I was going through chemotherapy during my exams. I started losing my hair and eyelashes. This was the worst phase of my life. Nevertheless, I handled everything situation with grace.

I am also a source of inspiration for my school mates and a lot of people. This incident taught me many lessons but damaged one of my ovaries. Never give up, you never know what tomorrow will bring.

Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.

Life is all about accepting challenges and proving yourself. It’s not that complicated, life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Don't make things too complicated. Try to relax, enjoy every moment, get used to everything.

I went through many hard times in my life. I have many more years to live, I have great experience in life. I am very lucky because this disease chose me, it helped me to unleash my hidden potential. I believe, “the more you suffer, the stronger you become”. Life is all about exploring and learning new things. If you are not improving yourself on a daily basis it means that you are not exploring this world. You can be a part of crowd or you can be unique in this crowd, choice is all yours’.There is a lot to experience in life, I encounter a different experience on a daily basis. My life is a roller coaster ride where there are both ups and downs and I am facing every phase of my life with grace.

Being a cancer patient, I never feel like I shouldn’t travel alone, I shouldn’t dream big. I don’t care about the next moment of my life. I always give my 101% to the moment that I am living in. This is what life is. I have so many dreams to fulfill, I will accomplish them all. I want to convey a lesson about the complexity of life. If despite being a cancer patient I am surviving for the last ten years, I am not giving up and continuously achieving dreams that I want to achieve. Then, you shouldn’t underestimate yourself. Difficulties are just a way to unleash the hidden zeal that you failed to explore till date. Difficulties are a part of life. Trust me, you can cross every hurdle if you believe in yourself.

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