September is ovarian cancer awareness month. How will this disease and other women's cancers get better support and awareness?
Mumbai: After coming out of a debulking surgery and starting chemotherapy for low-grade serous ovarian cancer a year ago, I began my search for ovarian cancer support groups. Just after a cancer diagnosis, the non-cancer population can seem inadequate to help, sometimes in our second life haze, even shallow. What a newly diagnosed cancer patient needs, besides the best personalized medical treatment is the assurance that she’s not the only one who has what the world interprets as a death sentence. The gap between the right medical treatment and healing is wide, often insurmountable. How do we come to terms to the diagnosis itself, and learn to move on with life knowing cancer can come back, but that the awareness need not stop us from living meaningfully?