My Family vs. Cancer- World Cancer Day!

World Cancer Day is celebrated on 4 February each year. The theme for this year is ‘We Can, I Can’. It’s a global initiative to raise Cancer Awareness and to support your local charities. You can read more about this global initiative here. The Cancer curse had struck my family last year. It took us time to recover and now we have courage to talk about it.

Exactly a year back my spouse suffered from a food allergy. We visited our GP for treatment and were advised to get an ultrasound done as a routine check-up. Who thinks of getting scans done every time you suffer a food allergy? Thus, the thought of getting ultrasound was dismissed in a casual manner.

Within a week he fell sick twice. After this he got an ultrasound done on a whim. The ultrasound report showed cyst formation on his kidney. My family doctor suggested to get further scans done and consult a specialist. One thing leads to another and we found out that it was a large tumor on kidney which had maximum possibility of being cancerous.

The rest of the month went in a jiffy with frequent tests & the urgent surgery which was performed to operate upon tumor. The biopsy results confirmed our worst fears that it was Stage 1 Renal Cell Carcinoma (Kidney Cancer). Lucky enough the cancerous cell had not spread in body and it was detected at early stage.

Cancer treatment is a painful process and a lifelong commitment. We had our moments of doubt, but faith kept us going. Nothing in life could have ever prepared us for facing Cancer. You never realize the extent of stress till it hits you. I cannot exactly feel what my spouse went through during whole treatment. We are thankful to have a strong support system in terms of family and friends.

As a child, I have also seen my grandmother being treated for breast cancer. She lived a healthy life till long after her surgery. On both occasions in my family, cancer detection was an accidental finding. Early detection is the key to cancer treatment.

This World Cancer Day take a pledge to get your health check-up done. Do it for yourself and your loved ones. Cancer symptoms may not show up until it’s too late. Regular health screening is the way to go. If you or your loved one have fought cancer, then I am sending loads of love across to you. You are not alone in this battle. I would be honoured to know how you have kicked Cancer and how did you cope with it. Because together we can & we will!

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Shopping at Super99-Product Review!


Super99 stores are a chain of retail shopping brand located at 40 locations across India. It has of a wide range of products from Kitchen & Dining, Health & Beauty, Toys & Games, Food & Beverage, Stationery, Home Accessories, Gifts & Decor, Bathroom, Ready to Wear and many more.

I am a very cautious shopper and only like to buy products after seeing them. They offer the comfort of checking out the product list online and buying it after physically seeing it at the store. You can browse through items at the online store for Super99 here & print/email the cart list for your convenience.


I had recently brought the ‘Khadi Natural Handmade Soap Collection‘ from the store.

Pros of shopping at Super99 stores –
  • Original Khadi Natural products available in store.
  • It is a collection of 12 natural soaps which comes in a compact packaging.
  • These natural soaps are soft on skin.
  • You can also get year around discounts by shopping for it at these stores.

I also found the staff at store poilte and helpful. Overall, I would suggest you to try out shopping at Super99 stores at affordable pricing for all your needs.

Understanding Cancer to #FightCancer

Cancer- a dreaded disease which reminds us only of pain and suffering. It can happen to anyone irrespective of age or gender. It is also a very misunderstood disease. This month I am raising Cancer Awareness to help in better understanding and to be supportive of people who face it.

What is Cancer?

It is defined as the disease where few of the body’s cells begin to divide in uncontrollable fashion and spread into surrounding tissues. This results in the growth of malignant tumors in the body. It is caused by genetic changes in the cell’s ability to grow and divide. These changes can also cause DNA mutations.

When Cancer cells spread to different parts of the body from the point of origin, it is named as Metastasis.

Staging of Cancer

 

The course of treatment depends on the size of Cancer and how far it is spread.

TNM Staging –

It is based on size of tumor and its spread into different parts of the body.

T – Size of tumor, and how far it has spread to nearby tissues. Values range from 1 to 4, where 1 denotes small.

N – To identify if Cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes. Values range from 0 to 3. 0 denotes no spread of cancer to lymph nodes.

M – Identify if cancer has spread to other parts of body. Values are 0 or 1, where 0 means no spread of Cancer to other organs.

Example – A small cancer not spread to lymph nodes or other parts will be represented as T1 N0 M0.

The letters ‘p’ or ‘c’ can also be used to describe the stage of Cancer. The letter ‘p’ identifies that stage of cancer is determined pathologically after surgery to remove cancer. Letter ‘c’ denotes that the stage is determined clinically during course of treatment before surgery.

Example – pT1N0M0.

Number Based Staging –

 

The TNM values are used by medical professionals to determine number based stage of Cancer,where

 

Stage 1- Cancer is small and contained within the originating organ.

Stage 2–  Cancer is large than Stage 1 but not spread to surrounding tissues. It can also describe that cancer may have spread to the lymph nodes surrounding the originating organ.

Stage 3 – Cancer is large and has spread to surrounding tissues and lymph nodes.

Stage 4 – Cancer has spread to different body part(s). It denotes metastasis.

It becomes difficult for non-medical people to understand medical. Hence, I am trying to make Understanding Cancer a simpler process this whole month. In next post, I will discuss different treatments that are used for diagnosis.

I am taking part in this initiative to #FightCancer along with #BlogChatterProjects.

Story of Terminal 1! #WriteBravely

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“All international departures are from Terminal 1”, reminded my roommate for the hundredth time.

“I know, I will reach on time. Don’t worry”, I replied.

“Suhani, you need to stop being a mother hen for all your friends. Go out, shop & party! Make a profile on Tinder at least now”. These were my parting words to my roommate & best friend. Even as I joked she could sense my unsaid emotions. Afterall, she had stayed with me through thick & thin.

The journey to airport was uneventful. After completing all boarding formalities, I sat at the coffee shop with a book in my hand. There were so many thoughts racing through my mind. I am returning home after six years and forever this time.

Looks like yesterday when I had first landed on this terminal. You had bumped into me at the immigration counter, throwing my belongings all across the airport floor. You had just smiled. Again, at the taxi bay you had hopped into the cab that I was supposed to take. “Sorry, an emergency need to take the cab asap.”, your first words to me. I should have known you were trouble!

First day at college & I caught your glimpse around the campus. My suspicion was confirmed when you became my student counsellor. Funny, how our fates were entwined. After the awkward first few days, we were quite comfortable with each other. Asking for your help around college to finding hotels when I was missing Indian food! You were my go-to person for all queries.

We had chatted all through my semester break spent at home. I remember the surprise proposal you had planned outside these terminal gates when I had returned from my vacation. “I love you munchkin”, you were always a man of few words. Of Course, I had fallen for you too.

I remember all the flights we have taken together from this terminal. All the vacations or the trips back home have been with you. Remember the time when we had a huge fight and I had flown to my aunt’s home for the holiday season.  

Before long, our parents were asking about our marriage plans. I was so nervous for the journey home to talk to my parents about us & you had been my rock. It was here when you had met my family for the first time. My dad was watching your every move & you had bravely faced him. This terminal has witnessed my laughter & my tears both.

Finally, months of negotiations with our families & they had accepted our relationship. We had travelled like cupid-struck-teenagers for our engagement. People at airport were staring at us, but we simply did not care.

I hated it when you got a job back home and had to leave this country before me. We were going to leave together. I don’t like travelling alone! My thoughts were broken by the flight announcement.

“This is the final call for all passengers travelling on flight A14”. Today, I am taking the final flight from this terminal to be home to get married to the love of my life. I am looking forward to our new journey together, our new jobs and plans to settle in our own country.

As I look back one last time, I know this terminal will always have a special place in my heart. 🙂

I am taking part in the Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge to #WriteBravely. This post is a figment of imagination and has no real life connections:)

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My bag of memories! #WriteBravely

Every place that I have lived or visited has memories attached with it. Our brains are wired to store images continuously. And, these flashes of images make us nostalgic.

Home sweet home!

Whenever I think about my hometown Lucknow, I can relive all 21 years of my life in one go. My home, my school – all set within few kilometers of each other. Then, my maternal grandparents also not too far. The carefree days spent with cousins and friends!

My very first memories go back to spending time with my grandparents. My grandfather used to tell us new stories every night & I used to tease my grandmother by hiding behind doors. And, the summer vacations which were spent at my maternal grandparents home. The Nawabi culture of Lucknow is so embedded in my system that I still use ‘Hum’ & ‘Aap’ for ‘I’ & ‘You’. 🙂

Later, my job then took me across various places in India, with Mumbai being my favorite. I vividly remember the day I had landed in Mumbai. From woolen jackets of Lucknow to cotton shrugs of Mumbai in January. Mumbai – city of dreams had welcomed us with its rhythmic chaos!

Marine Drive, Mumbai

I had revisited Mumbai after three years and still the place was just as lively. Night out at Marine Drive, shopping in Bandra or the Vada pao at every corner of the city! I can write a whole book about my bag of memories.

Isn’t this how we live our lives? Gathering memories each day and replaying them over and over. It’s not only happy memories that shape our world, but also the sad ones! What are your happiest memories? Do you believe that memories shape how we plan our future?

I am taking part in the Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge to #WriteBravely.

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