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Being a Cancer Survivor, this Doctor Knows how to Overcome it

Times of India
25 May 2009
Chennai, India

For oncologist Dr Aruna prevention is better than cure is a message that can’t be stressed enough. And she would know, for the director of the Indian Red Cross IRCS Cancer Hospital is a cancer survivor herself.

Addressing a small gathering recently, the doctor talked about her own experiences as a breast cancer patient. “Even though I had been working in the field of oncology for over 30 years, I was shocked when I was diagnosed with cancer of the breast,” she said. She added that she knew the probability of her getting cancer was higher as her mother and aunts had also had breast cancer. “Most women don’t go for regular check–ups, but the earlier you know you have breast cancer, the sooner you can start treatment and can be cured completely,” she said.

She was speaking at the annual motivational lecture organised by Only Success Learning Technologies, an organisation that holds self–improvement programmes for children and adults.

She talked about facing challenges with courage and hope. The 63–year–old doctor said being diagnosed with cancer made her take charge of her life. “Doctors told me that my breast would have to be removed. I decided to take action, face up to the disease and fight it. I chose to live,” she said. She also said women should take care of their health and make sure that they prevented illnesses. She said meditation was a good way to overcome stress, which can also cause health problems.

“I started thinking positive and that is how I overcame cancer. And that is why I am here sharing this story with all of you,” she said.

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