Imagine that you are retired, your post retired life is going very well and you are very proud of all your achievements. You have got supportive joint family until one day something very unfortunate happens to you. You become ill and your illness is diagnosed to be cancer. This scenario has happened in my life since May 2015.
Thinking positively is no easy matter but it is important to be enthusiastic about life again. There are only two choices for you to make. You can stay depressed and complain about your problems till the rest of your life or you have the option of trying to make most of your life even with your limitations. We all know that cancer patients who remain positive live longer than those who become very depressed. In your misery due to illness you will always be in your own company. You can either cheer yourself up or make yourself miserable.But first of all you need to take care of yourself and make sure that you can keep yourself as comfortable as possible in day to day life especially when you are advised not to stress and strain your mouth parts by talking over phone with your friends and relatives till operated portion of mouth heals completely and back to almost normal shape.
One has to engage himself in his hobby in day to day life without support of other persons or disturbing others especially in chronic illness like cancer where post surgery recovery and radiotherapy treatment last for months together. I have been engaging my time mostly using the social media networking website Facebook. On May 21, 2015 through Social Networking in Facebook, I posted about my swelling of right upper gum diagnosed as cancer and that I had radical excision surgery to that effect on May 13, 2015 for information to all my Facebook friends, relatives and family members at large with the message that “Cancer is so limited…it cannot kill the spirit of life”. I got quite a good number of likes and comments for the way I am fighting against cancer with much mental and emotional strength. Since that day, I am regularly posting my posts in Facebook on morning quotes, health magazine, photos of my remarkable events etc. on day to day basis. I am reciting morning prayer, listening spiritual bhajans of Shirdi Sai Baba and reading Shri Sai Teeka in Odia daily in morning, noon and night. I am reviewing my daily blog stat of Yoga and Spirituality through Internet in World Wide Web and overwhelmed with joy and ecstasy of fruits reaped by my sustained and continuous nurturing the website when I am viewing the feedback of a good number of visitors of different countries of the world reading a good number of different articles published in the blog Yoga and Spirituality for last 5 years since May 2010.Subsequent to publication of my article Power of Faith in Spiritual Life in Yoga and Spirituality on May 1, 2015 before my surgery for cancer, in post-surgery recovery period on June 6, 2015 I have published my article Cancer is so limited…it cannot kill the spirit of life in my blog website of Yoga and Spirituality and on July 1, 2015 my last article The Significance and Purpose of Prayer was published in the blog website of Yoga and Spirituality. The articles have got good responses from comment authors in website of Yoga and Spirituality.
Being engaged in all these positive mental, emotional and spiritual activities in day to day life, I am overcoming misery due to illness.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda