Cancer is never the end of the road

Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela

This World Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let’s change our perspective from the monstrosity of the disease and look at what it teaches us

This is not an article about how dangerous and cruel cancer is, nor is it about how you can get rid of cancer or how you can avoid it. The dreaded ‘C’ word is capable of wreaking havoc and turning the world upside down of not just the patient but the family as well. Though we cannot say there is anything to be happy about when someone is diagnosed with cancer, we can certainly change our perspectives and look at how cancer has helped people to focus on the positives in their lives like family and not work, passion and not money. Here is something Audrey Allen had to say after she conquered her condition of Stage 1 breast cancer

My life today is all about my family

After dealing with cancer, you just never know what the end of the road is going to be, and one thing I’m so thankful for is my family. I don’t focus my life on work anymore. My whole life has truly changed. Instead of thinking about materialistic things or work, now I hold on really tight and spend as much time as possible with my parents, brothers, kids, and grandbabies.
I look forward to taking road trips to visit my kids and my grandbabies. In 2012, for example, my son and his wife had a new baby and I made a point of driving 17 hours to Missouri to be there when my grandbaby was born. I’m very thankful for my daughter and her children too. Having the opportunity to watch my grandbabies grow up, play and dance, and simply being able to visit them and hold them is amazing. My grandbabies are a very important part of my life. They bring me joy, and it’s been a blessing to have that opportunity to be there for them.


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Just like a conversational dialogue in the film Njangalude Nattil Oridavela, it is these kinds of life-threatening situations that change your perspective about how the world works, and who all are going to stick by you when you need them the most. Every single one of the survivors didn’t survive on their own. They have had the support and trust of someone who loved and cared for them.

When cancer is detected in a person, it not only changes the life of the patient but also the lives of the people who care about them. Emotions start flowing, the world seems to be ending and crumbling into pieces right in front of them. But, the will to survive and the support of the loved ones and the right treatment at the right time will help you conquer the world of cancer inside you.

It’s at these moments you realize all of us are same inside, the color, the region, the culture, the religion, it doesn’t matter anymore, because you know you are much more worth than a bunch of guidelines and divisions. Life is all about facing the hard struggles and reaching your absolute glory. Nothing can kill you until you let it and to quote a famous phrase, ‘What can’t kill you only makes you stronger’.

Text credits: Nikhil Wilson      Feature image

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