On the World Cancer Day (February 4th), here are some thoughts that I’d like to share with you:

Cancer Research UK has forecast that one in two people (in the UK) will have cancer at some point in their lives. Cancer is brutally real and this data is unsettling. (http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/…/cancer…/risk/lifetime-risk)

 Advancement in medical science means that more and more people are surviving cancer. As an example, cancer survival in the UK has doubled in the last 40 years. Yay! (http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/…/cancer-statistics/survival)

Cancer does not discriminate; it can happen to anyone, no matter who they are and where they are from.

Early detection gives the best chance at beating it. Therefore, know your body and see your doctor when you notice any change. E.g. a cough that does not go away for over three weeks or a mole that changes. Not all people who have cough for more than three weeks are heading towards cancer but many people who get diagnosed with cancer may have had a cough which has lasted longer than 3 weeks (me included). With the kind of cancer I had, I might not have been around to write this blog today if I had delayed visiting my doctor to report the lump I had found in my breast, even by a few weeks. Stay alert; your life may depend on it. Mine certainly did!

 Cancer is a medical condition. It is not a verdict handed down to the person on their Karma. Therefore, please be kind if you begin to judge others who have cancer or yourself if you have received a cancer diagnosis. Cancer is hard; we can choose to not make it harder than it needs to be.

Health is one of those things that cannot be replaced, substituted or bought. No matter how hard we try, we cannot buy another body. Surely, we could have a different house or car or job or even make new friends. If you and I are going to be living in these bodies until we complete our time on this earth, doesn’t it make sense to treasure them? Invest in your wellbeing – through nutrition, exercise, stress management and spirituality. You will not regret it.

 Cancer or no cancer: life is a gift; treasure it.

As I finish this blog, I fondly remember the friend I lost to cancer last year. I stand in solidarity with all those who are going through this hideous medical condition. I gaze out of the window and admire the several avian visitors that perch on some barren and other green shrubs in the garden of my home. I remember to pause, breathe in and say ‘thank you’ to the people in my life and to life.

Stay aware! Stay healthy! Stay happy! Stay alive!

With best wishes and love
Parul x

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