You have cancer and so now what do you do? You turn to something called Google, which then gives you an influx of overwhelming and extremely misinterpreted information. You get even more frightened and disillusioned and decide to stick to the protocol, not ask questions and just go with the flow hoping for the best, hoping that your doctor is really that saving grace in form of a divine deity. Through the months of gruelling treatment, where your body has more or less been bruised, battered and torn apart, somewhere in the process you get an idea of your illness, what it is and maybe how you even got it. You think to yourself, it had to be those couple of years of smoking to just be in trend with the rest or the childhood bullying and now karma is playing the same game on you and then you suddenly remember that your cousin’s aunt’s mother had cancer and so its in your genes.
It might sound extreme but I pretty much summed up what majority of cancer patients believe or seem to believe when they are first diagnosed, along with their family and friends. I thought I knew what cancer was, I thought I had it down to the T. I had even figured out my own prognosis to why exactly my mother got this illness considering that she never smoked nor drank alcohol. Till one day I learnt I couldn’t have been further from the truth. We all think we know, but when we do really find out, it’s very far from where we started.
To know the true definition, replace the word cancer with the acronym SISD (actual description of the illness) very smartly named by Mike Adams (The Health Ranger), which stands for Sluggish Immune System Disease. Very simple and self-explanatory. So no it’s probably not the couple of years of smoking unless of course you have been diagnosed of lung cancer due to smoking, karma is not really a bitch and genetic causative factors are in 5 percent of cases. Cancer is not a death sentence but instead very simply a symptom of an immune depressant body!
I sat with the medical director of TATA Memorial Hospital, Dr. Rajendra Badwe who put his explanation so elegantly across to me that I was almost envious of his patients, wishing we heard it too at the time. He said that cancer in remission becomes a chronic ailment nothing more or less than diabetes or any other illness that is controlled during ones lifetime. Of course controlling the disease must be through a major change in lifestyle, however cancer is not a death sentence when appropriate measures are taken and we can live with it for the rest of our lives. Many elderly people have submissive cancer and don’t even know it. It never flares up, it never disturbs, and it just remains dormant while they live a happy and quality life. This does not mean we don’t take precautionary measures because catching it early is a winner but prevention really is what beats the race.
If you don’t believe or remember anything I have just said then remember this. Our bodies are the smartest things ever created, they know what to do when, how to do it and why.