Cancer is a dreaded illness no one is ever truly prepared to face. However, when it does happen, it leaves a gaping hole only time can fill. Anyone who has fought this invisible enemy knows how physically, emotionally, and mentally trying this fight can be.
The journey of a cancer patient, from diagnosis to treatment to recovery, is a long haul, but it needn’t be lonely. The unconditional support of friends and family makes all the difference in putting up this brave fight. But the real source of motivation and strength is in the knowledge that this wouldn’t be the end of it all; that there are many others, who have emerged victorious despite the odds, not only to find hope for themselves but also to spread the glimmer to others like them. Not everyone who has defeated cancer comes back to defeat it again, this time for someone else. But there are those who make it their life’s purpose, bigger than themselves.
On National Cancer Survivor’s Day, Soulveda spoke to such courageous warriors about their journeys as cancer patients and their conviction as ‘patient navigators’ to help others going through the same ordeal. Meet patient navigators Meera Raj and Mili Baruah, who have made their own stories of survival the stories of inspiration for countless others.
National Cancer Survivor’s Day is an initiative founded in 1988 by the US-based National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation.