We are extremely glad and content to have successfully facilitated (our first) breast cancer screening camp for a group of women in Thane, India in partnership with Niramai.
This is a personal note from the woman who not only took a proactive step toward her personal health but also talked her women's tribe into this and drove the campaign on the ground.
We are truly delighted to have such associates and hope to expand our community with like-minded individuals.
Read on to know how things panned out for this woman and her friends before and during Niramai's breast screening camp.
The die is cast
Around November 2021, one of my friends was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was out of the blue and shocking. I was wondering how the family was coping with the diagnosis. She has two young children.
My logical mind went into overdrive. I politely asked her how she came to know about it. Were there other such cases in her family history? What do the doctors advise? Was there something that she missed or could have done to prevent this?
She said that the die was cast. Her chemotherapy sessions have begun and hopefully, by mid-Feb or March, she will be out of the woods. The treatment is aggressive and exhausting.
In the next few months, I would often check on her. She was improving. I told her about my cousin who was also detected with breast cancer but now she is doing well, leading a normal life.
Somehow life came in the way and I was busy juggling a few things. One day, in April 2022, I came to know that she is going in and out of the hospital and was sick. After running a ton of tests, the doctors came to the conclusion that her cancer has metastasized! That is it had spread outside of its original site.
It was the first time, I told my cousin. She is an ObGyn and now a Functional Medicine Specialist who is an expert on Miyara (Dr. Shabnam Das Kar). I wanted some assurances. She sidestepped the query by saying it was outside her wheelhouse and then inquired if I was continuing with my regular physical breast examinations the way she had advised me years ago. I said yes.