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Cancer survivors walk the ramp in Ludhiana; leave a trail of courage and indomitable spirit

punjab Updated: Dec 17, 2016 19:52 IST
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Acid attack victim Laxmi walking the ramp with cancer survivors during a fashion show in Ludhiana on Friday.(Gurminder Singh/HT)

The ramp walk by nearly 30 cancer survivors during the charity event, ‘Ek Jung, Cancer Ke Sung’ organised at Guru Nanak Bhawan by Fortis Hospital on Thursday evening, left the audience more than inspired, which included not only their own family members, who were their support system during the treatment but also their doctors, who were their trustworthy generals in their battle against the disease.

Overwhelmed with emotions, most of the audience was teary eyed as they applauded the zealous spirit of every participant who walked on to the stage, one after the other dressed in glamorous attires and a chic make over. As we went backstage to meet the same participants before their walk, they were also very emotional and couldn’t believe that they are actually going to be a part of this walk, post their recent recovery from Cancer. They shared their experiences and lessons learnt during this courageous journey.

Survivor’s share the lessons learnt:

“I am sure that everyone who has defeated cancer will agree that the struggle with this disease clearly teaches you that, one can overcome any challenge in life till we don’t give up on our own and our determination is strong. In other words, till our spirits are strong, no can pull us down”, shared 33-year-old Divya Mittal from Chandigarh while 55-year-old Ranvir Kaur from Barnala added, “It was a treatment of about 9 months which was pretty long but it made me so strong that now I am ready to take up any challenge in life and have no fear at all about anything. In other words, my personality got fully changed, as earlier I did not have the same mind set.”

Similarly, Shruti Gupta ,45, from Moga said, “Many aspects of life have changed for me like others who sailed in the same boat. No more crying over little issues and most importantly, I have started to sincerely focus on my life, especially taking care of my diet, fitness and most importantly, do what I like as I have learnt that we must value our life.”

Family support is indispensable:

It has been rightly said that a bird can’t fly on one wing, same holds true for cancer patients or other patients especially when they are undergoing treatment.

“Will power to fight cancer will only come if family is very supportive during the treatment. In other words, every family member has to be very positive, calm and has to continuously give hope to the patient, that he or she will be fine soon”, said Harjeet Kaur ,58, from Ludhiana.

Jaspreet Kaur ,30, who also hails from Ludhiana said, “In many cases, relatives who come to see a cancer patient rather than cheering up the patient spread distressing thoughts. Despite being fully aware of the fact that a cancer patient has to undergo huge trauma and their future is also uncertain. This has to be avoided. Thankfully, my family was very supportive which is why my determination remained strong and I am here today to walk the ramp.”

Barnala based Surinderpal Singh who was part of the audience to cheer his wife while walking, echoed with pride, “My wife’s fight with cancer taught me that, if we face any challenge in life with all our zeal, of course accompanied by the support of family, we will surely taste victory. Running away from the challenge is no solution.”

Dr JS Sekhon, director of oncology department of Fortis Hospital, who is also one of the treating doctors of the cancer survivors while talking to HT said that, the main objective of the show was to convey that one should ‘never give up.’

Laxmi supports the cause

Laxmi, a noted acid attack victim and campaigner, who represented Indian women at London Fashion Week (LFW) recently also walked the ramp with cancer survivors and also enthralled the audience with her singing. Besides her, students of Ecstasy dance studio of the city also presented several dance acts. Singing performances by blind students from different parts of the state was also a cynosure for all