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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.

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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Life’s pattern or puzzle! #Writebravely

Ding-dong…Ding-dong…The pattern of door bell ringing at 6 in morning! Mr. Hubby opens the door lazily. On rare occassions, I do get up with sleepy eyes to welcome the house-help.

‘Didi, what should I cook for breakfast & lunch’, asks the cook everyday. And, as my sleep is broken from the consistent door bell, I try to recall all the ingredients in fridge. After much hassle & efforts the breakfast is done and lunches are packed. Mr. Hubby rushes for his office, while I head back to my unkempt bed to catch up on some sleep. Alas, I am reminded of my office soon and the struggle continues!

The day in office passes in a jiffy with coding, meetings, blah – blah. Heading back home to cook’s same query about what to make for dinner. And, the life circle continues with the same pattern day in & day out.

Throughout the day there are many instances, which can upset my daily routine. Maids not arriving on time or being stuck in traffic jam. Code not working or a heated discussion within the team.  Yet, all of these small instances fit in like a puzzle and complete my day.

Is life really a set of patterns or the pieces of puzzle? What do you think?  Do share your thoughts with us. 🙂

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

Familiar yet unfamiliar- Deja vu! #MyFriendAlexa

As a kid, I had lived in this city years ago with my family. I used to play in these streets & go to the school located at the corner of street. My best friend lived next door & we used to walk to the school together. We shared same interests & followed each other whole day. Neighbours called us the mischeif-duo. We had explored this area together. Were lost so many times and yet found new roads.

I remember her voice clearly as if it was yesterday when I had last talked to her. Her habit of making faces at people is still fresh in my mind. And, I laugh every time I recall stories of her silly fights with her elder brother. He was so notorious or rather a hooligan as our teachers used to say.

As fate would have it, I am revisiting this city after 20 years for my cousin’s marriage. On reaching the venue, I recognize the similar shops in the side lanes. I plan to visit my childhood home located not too far from here. I am excited at the prospect of meeting my childhood friend & visiting my school.

To my amazement nothing has changed & I can spot my friend just outside her home. I shout her name and then she looks back. I wave and move towards her. But, there is no sign of recognition on her face!

Suddenly, I hear a familiar voice calling out my name. It’s my elder sister who has followed me till here from venue. She catches her breath & with a confused look asks, “Where exactly are you going? And, why did you leave the venue alone in this new city?”

I respond with amused looks,”Don’t you remember our home? We have lived here for five long years.”

Nothing could have prepared me for the reply that my sister gave, “But,we have never lived in this city and are visiting it for first time.”

I was surprised & confirmed it with my other family members. Only after assurance from my father I realized that I have never lived in this city as a child. The memories itched in my mind are figment of my childhood imagination. The familiar sights & sounds are actually unfamiliar to me.

How is it possible? How could I feel so connected to this place and what about the girl I saw? Is it my past life or a parallel universe? Or is it deja vu – familiar yet unfamiliar?

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If you liked this post then do comment, like & share. Have you ever experienced sense of deja vu? Do share your thoughts with us. 🙂

(I have written this post as a part of Indispire topic hosted at Indiblogger. I am taking my alexa rank to next level with #MyFriendAlexa & BlogChatter.)

Time for positivity! #MyFriendAlexa

The year 2017 has been a mixed bag for me till now. Ups & downs, highs & lows. All that you can imagine jumbled up in few months.  Only thing keeping me sane is thinking positive.  Every day has been a new learning – both personally & professionally. I guess this is part of life.

To be honest, staying positive does not come very easily.  We need to make extra efforts on some days. Even getting out of bed & going to work seems like a burden. That’s how I have felt on few days. But, at the end I know this too shall pass.  Maybe someday when I am able to disconnect from current events I will write more about it.

In the coming month I intend to write about all things happy – little bit of travel, food & life. Travelling coupled together with good food can make life impressive. Talking about food reminds me that it’s time for my Alexa ranking to lose some weight. It has gained a lot & current Global Alexa Rank is 11,589,035.

‘I am taking My Alexa rank to the next level with Blogchatter‘ . Time for happy blogging! 🙂