Voice of Cancer Survivor

Cancer is the same word but with different story.
Bringing another story this survivor month, which talks about the battle of the mind and being called as overcomer.
Life was good back in 2019. I was young, healthy and energetic. I used to go school. On September end we had a exhibition in our school i was fine and doing well but at 12 am I found myself
I found myself in a fetal position on my bed in paralyzing, excruciating pain on my left knee. My parents did their best to comfort me, there was no relief. I didn’t go school for a week. My parents wheeled me into a clinic for a diagnosis for what was suspected to be knee arthritis.
I was prescribed some vitamin supplements which really helped me ease the pain. But as time progressed I started feeling tried all time. I had no appetite and i hardly ate anything. I shrugged it off as best I could and assumed it was stress from the upcoming examination. Because I felt progressively worse as time went by, I had bleeding from my gums and I had night chills so I decided to checked once. Blood test were taken, as well as most internal exams, top to bottom.
Blood reports was not as expected by the physician. I was not normal I was sick by looking at the report. My hemoglobin, Platelets were extremely low with extremely high wbc, and that was not good sign. My physician suspected as leukemia. So that’s it was referred to CMC Vellore for the treatments. Where I underwent traditional work ups for staging my disease, including a bone marrow biopsy, blood work, and x-rays. While waiting on numerous appointments and test results, over the next few weeks i became a student of my newly found conditions. I read books, searched internet. Quickly realizing the critical role proper diet and exercise would play into my overall treatment plan, i made significant life changes to better me what lay ahead.
Finally, the time came to meet with the hematologist to review my complete test results. The evaluation confirmed that I had leukemia. I had B- cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which was common for childrens. My family were devastated by the news. I was mentally strong so the diagnosis didn’t cause much impact in my mentality. I was like “ oh okay I think I will get through this “. My treatment consists of six rounds of chemotherapy. I had four phases of chemotherapy Induction, Consolidation therapy, re induction and final maintenance. It took 1yr 3m to complete the treatment. I was receiving from my care team at heamotology opd. I felt I was going to win. I did experience some side effects, including nausea, hair loss and mood swings.I used supportive therapies, including anti nauseous tablets, mind- body medicine specifically laughter therapy and music therapy to help manage these challenges and maintain a healthy mind. In December 13th i did my bone marrow biopsy and showed no evidence of disease so my treatment continued and on late October 2020 once again I did bone marrow biopsy and in god’s grace there was no evidence of disease. I was back to normal, healthy and energetic. We all were happy. Recovering from cancer is a powerful experience. It’s very difficult to explain, but there’s a newness in life. I’m seeing and hearing this much differently. It’s been an exciting time too to think about the future. On late January 2021 I was finally ready to go home with great support from my parents. I’m thankful for cmc. I felt genuine concern and empathy from the doctors and nurse. I know my doctor and everyone there truly cares about me and my well-being. I’m very thankful to our government for referring me and giving me change to live again, without the help from government it would difficult for us to get the treatment and finally thankful to the all three liaison officer and our small Bhutanese community we had back there for entertaining us and for giving love and support. I feel like I’m a blessed man. As I went through my cancer journey, I didn’t focus on negativity of the cancer. I have got so much more out of cancer than it ever took from me. I once again thank god ,parents and friends for helping me realize that I have a ability to be enabled in life — not disabled— because of cancer .