In order to send a loud and clear message that cancer could be fought and there is life after cancer, a get-together of the survivors was organised on 11th June 2016, on the occasion of Cancer Survivors’ Day at Coimbatore Cancer Foundation (CCF) in G. Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial (GKNM) Hospital. Around 65 patients and caregivers participated in the fun filled event and shared their stories.
The happiness of having got a new lease of life was written large on the face of the 50-year-old cancer survivor, who spoke about what she faced when the disease hit her hard. She preferred the company of her spouse and devotional music.
A 60-year-old woman hailing from Udumalpet, suffering from cervical cancer, put her profession before her worries. She organizes pilgrimage tours and is a role model for many. She now goes around her area counselling those diagnosed with cancer that there is cure. She stands out among those who, owing to peer pressure, stigma or taboo, are reluctant to even get identified as cancer patients.
Dr. Rajakumar, Medical Oncologist, responded to the queries of the survivors and explained the precautionary methods to be undertaken during early stages of cancer. Dr. Balaji, Managing Trustee of CCF and Director of V.N. Cancer Centre, said in his speech, “Humans are all mortal. But we can improve the quality of life. We help our patients and nurture them with the comfort they require.”