I had consultation with Dr Vikram, M.S., M.Ch. HOD Head and Neck Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery at Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center NH Health City Bangalore on April 27, 2015 for suspected malignant swelling over my right upper gum, and biopsy of the swelling was taken same day for histopathological study. On May 2, 2015 when I visited Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center, I came to know that I am suffering from Cancer of right upper gum. I got operated for removal of malignant tumour with reconstructive surgery on May 13, 2015. I was hospitalized up to May 20, 2015 and being discharged from hospital same day evening I am in post-operative convalescence at our Bangalore home with periodical check-up at OPD of Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center Bangalore.
I started receiving post-operative radiotherapy treatment from June 22, 2015 for destruction of microscopic cancer cells so as to prevent spread of cancer in adjoining part of Right Upper Gum scheduled for 5 days in a week as OPD procedure in Department of Radiation Oncology Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center Bangalore. Patients experience a number of side effects during and after radiotherapy like pain, fatigue, skin reactions, mucositis, xerostomia, taste changes, shortening of mouth gap and mucosal candidiasis. Successful management demands the attention of Radiation Oncologist, Radiation Therapist, Oncology Surgeon, Medical Social Worker, and Dietician. More so involvement and efforts of the patient and family are needed most to overcome misery due to side effects of radiotherapy which encourage the patient to maintain control, promotes self-esteem, and has a positive impact on the patient’s quality of life and display amazing resiliency even with limitations of their physical activities and mouth shut for months together. On August 14, 2015 my post-operative radiotherapy treatment course was completed and convalescence period of illness commenced. Now time has come how the side effects of radiation subside and how much my physical shape, size and function of face return to lead normal life.
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 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. 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, on July 1, 2015 the article The Significance and Purpose of Prayer was published followed by my last article Overcoming Misery due to Illness published on August 1, 2015 in the blog website of Yoga and Spirituality. All the articles had got good responses from comment authors in website of Yoga and Spirituality.
It is said, “Good times alternate with bad times and vice versa”. Let me patiently wait for the bad time of misery due to illness to get over and good time to almost lead normal life for some more years to come.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda