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Age no bar to battle cancer,say survivors

Be it 23-year-old Priyanka,who was diagnosed with cancer in her early twenties or 73-year-old Dr Veena Vig,who was diagnosed four years back,their courage to fight against the deadly disease is exemplary.

Written by Aarti Anand | Chandigarh |
February 12, 2012 2:04:04 am

Courage needs no age to fight. Be it 23-year-old Priyanka,who was diagnosed with cancer in her early twenties or 73-year-old Dr Veena Vig,who was diagnosed four years back,their courage to fight against the deadly disease is exemplary.

“I was diagnosed with cancer three years back when I was pursuing my Masters in Business Administration from Pune. I did not give up hope and kept a positive attitude to fight the disease,” smiled Priyanka,a volunteer at the Sahayta Cancer Sahyog,an organisation which helps the cancer survivors.

The organisation also provides financial assistance to those suffering from cancer. Priyanka is the youngest in the organisation who has fought cancer and is leading a normal life. On the other hand is Dr Veena Vig,a PhD in History of Arts,who in her early 70s was found to have cancer.

Motivated to work for the society,Gurpreet Khaira,retired principal from Government College,Derabassi was detected with cancer 12 years back and now is a member of Sahayta Cancer Sahyog,Chandigarh. She is currently in charge of Vidya Jyoti Project started off by this organisation.

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Her son,who lives in the US,is the President of the US chapter of the organisation,also collects funds for the smooth functioning of the organisation.

“My family gave me complete support to fight against the deadly disease. Their love and my positive temperament was the source of my motivation,” said Dr. Veena Vig,who was operated on four years back for developing cancer in urinary bladder and kidney.

She had undergone an operation at PGI,Chandigarh and now is involved in social work at Youth Technical Training Society (YTTS). Madhu Nagpal who has been attached to this organisation for the last four years said,“We try to create awareness among the masses and tell them that there is a life after cancer. If detected at the right time,they can be cured.”

Renu Saigal,President of Sahayta Cancer Sahyog,Chandigarh is another living story. She is the sister of late Neelu Tuli who was the founder of this organisation and is also a survivor. There are currently 28 million cancer survivors worldwide.

Dr Mangat Raman,another survivor said,“It is not easy to survive without any motivation.

Life becomes depressing. You get afraid to express your emotions which leads to an increase in your anxiety level.”

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