Breast Cancer Hero: Preeti Soin
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Preeti found it difficult to accept the truth when she found out that she had been diagnosed with cancer just a few days before her wedding. But she braved it all; the chemo, the surgery, the pain that followed the lesions and more, and has come out a survivor.
One day while watching T.V, I noticed a lump in my right breast. After a few investigations that small lump turned out to be a chronic disease- Metastatic Breast Cancer. I never imagined that something like this could ever happen to me. That too, a few days before my wedding. It was very hard to accept initially that the seeds of cancer had been germinated in my body for long time to spread to that extent. I was just 29 years old, too young to die. Me and my family decided to postpone my wedding and started my treatment. Each session of chemotherapy, would leave a hangover making it difficult to carry on with everyday chores. But I decided not to give up and face it like another challenge in life. That feeling gave me the strength to see the good side of the treatment rather than the ugly side of it. The Chemotherapy lasted for about five months erasing all the evidence of the disease in my breasts as if it never existed. But the lesions did not let me forget the hell I had been through. Lung lesions were increased due to Mycobacterium Tuberculosis infection for which I was already undergoing treatment. This showed positive result and bone lesions were showing positive results too.
My Doctors decided on a treatment which was a combination of breast surgery, radiotherapy, herception and hormonal therapy. I wanted the best outcome of the treatment, so I decided not to worry about the future. I completely surrendered myself to the Almighty. I decided to just focus on the present as the cancer had taught me that one has no control over the future. I started spending time reading journals and books about breast cancer and experiences of cancer survivors at a time I should have been dreaming of my wedding and having children. Throughout my journey I felt that knowledge is the best weapon to fight the odds thrown to us by life. One has to think positive, have complete faith in God and try to live a normal life as far as possible. Cancer cannot invade your soul; you need to keep your soul alive for ever.
I dedicate my recovery to a team of wonderful doctors for taking the right decision at the right time and to my family and friends. Last but not the least, to a wonderful man (my fiancé) who saw me beyond the ugly cells of cancer and decided to be with me during my good as well as the bad times. And now am getting married very soon. I hope that the rest of my life will be cancer free and that I can enjoy life to the fullest. I think having gone through cancer is not the end of life. Instead I consider it to be the beginning of a new life that I wish to spend with my loving and caring fiancé and my family.
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