Managing Convalescence Period of Illness

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
Bangalore

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Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Qualification:M.B.B.S.,M.D. Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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16 Responses to Managing Convalescence Period of Illness

  1. Great example of a life and fight with a dreaded disease. Good point is that the mouth and tongue are very sensitive organs and hence abnormalities are detected early. Earlier we catch the cancer, lesser is the evil. Luckily enough, it must have been excised fully and since you were not subjected to chemotherapy, it must have been at a very early stage. Being a doctor helps us in fighting illness and since at this age you are not having any obligations, you are free to enjoy a tension free life. If a person is educated, has adequate buffer in savings and a nice family to support, then this is the real heaven on earth. Vice versa can be a big hell, especially if the condition is painful. God (Sai Baba) reward those who had lived a life of truth. Congrats for a nice fight, life, old age full of delight, having might of a supporting family and above all mental heights.

  2. Prakash Padhan says:

    Respected Sir,

    I feel sad after reading your health problem. But simultaneously happy and inspired that you are still active in social media. May be this is bad time for you, but sun rises after night only. We pray for your quick recovery of health.

    With best regards
    Prakash

  3. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    Read calmly and quietly your vivid description of your dreaded suffering and gulp enjoyment spirit in the mist to get satisfaction yourself by your intellect and show how to endure and tackle panic situation if such would come in one’s life.That reflects strength of your stability and morality definitely a mile stone and solutions of many like you. Thanks for strength of body and spirit of mind and humility of your heart and last but not the least the way of time management by your intellect. This is called Divine life…that brings intuition to me for your speedy recovery of health. No doubt by caste you are Dweeja but now l must say you are Treeja( third birth) with same body.

    With regards
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh,Odisha

  4. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    I am feeling very sad after knowing your post operative period of illness. I must say you are a great example who is going through a rough phase of life and still you are socially active that shows your inner strength to cope with the illness. If you have emotional and social support then you will definitely overcome these panic situation.

    I pray to God for your speedy recovery.

  5. Sir,
    Namaskar.

    I pray the Almighty for your quick recovery. I have no words to write a comment about this article because this article is an example of such a person who has never lost in his life, always a winner and this time also. With all my friends as well as family members I wish for your quick recovery.

    Kedarnath Sahu
    Sohela,Bargarh Odisha

  6. Madhusudan Mahunta says:

    Dear Sir,
    Namaskar.

    Your description about your bad period is really very sad for us. As an author writer of your blog Yoga and Spirituality you have perfectly narrated your present life style which must have been enlighted about your present condition to the readers of your blog. Your patience and courage will help you for your future life. It is going to be very smoothly after a very critical period of your life by the blessing of the Almighty. Hope for the best for the rest part of your life.

    Om Sai Ram
    Madhusudan Mahunta
    Sai Devotee
    Sohela,Bargarh Odisha

  7. Kedarnath Sahu says:

    We are very happy to listen your voice after four months on September 14, 2015 over our telephonic talk. We hope very soon you will be free from diseases.

    Madhusudan Mahunta
    Kedarnath Sahu
    Sohela, Bargarh Odisha

  8. Dhandapani Muthuswamy says:

    Super guts to manage convalescence period of illness..ji

  9. I attained one year completion of my post-operative radiotherapy treatment today on August 14, 2016 for cancer of my right gum. Post-operative radiation after effects and periodical complications in swallowing and speech still persist. Let me have patience how the after effects of radiation subside in coming months and year to come and how much my physical shape, size and function of face and mouth return to lead normal life.

  10. After completion of my post surgery radiation for cancer right gum, I had check up CT Scan of Neck and Chest & physical check up and consultation by surgeon at Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center NH Health City Bangalore on September 20, 2016. Post-operative radiation after effects and periodical complications in swallowing and speech still persist. The good news is that there is no existing cancer lesion in the affected part or recurrence in neck, chest & upper part of abdomen. The not so happy news is that the convalescence period of illness may persist for another one year with advice for next CT Scan check up after 6 months. Let us hope for the best.

  11. Meeting DrBBNaik on December 11, 2016

    Dear Dr.Binod,

    Thanks for your visit with your wife to our Bangalore home on December 11, 2016. Coming down after such a long distance journey from Bargarh Odisha and coming down to our house in Green Park Regency Sarjapur Road Bangalore reflects your sincerity of meeting a friend who is in convalescence period of illness of post-surgery radiation therapy for Cancer of 1 ½ Year duration since May 2015. Being a practicing surgeon even after retirement, you had a physical look at the site of operation and went through the check CT scan report last done in September 2016. You are of the opinion that the side effects of post radiation therapy would subside in following days and signs of recovery are quite hopeful.

    Many many thanks again for your kind visit to our Bangalore home.

    • Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

      Thanks for immemorial hospitality by you and your family members. Never be erased rather remained crafted in the mind.

  12. I had check up CT Scan of Head, Neck and Chest & physical check up and consultation by surgeon at Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center NH Health City Bangalore on April 25, 2017 almost 2 years after I was diagnosed having Cancer of Right Gum. Post surgery radiation after effects and periodical complications in swallowing and speech still persist. The good news is that there is no existing cancer lesion in the affected part or recurrence in head, neck, chest & upper part of abdomen. The not so happy news that post surgery radiation there is massive fibrosis over right cheek which may take years to recover. I have to manage life with limitation of affected body parts. Let us hope for the best.

  13. V Chandra Sekhar says:

    Sir, your indomitable spirit in fighting against odds is admirable & you are a vibrant example in proving the adage that CANcer can CERtainly be defeated provided a person puts up a spirited resistance. Hats off to your indefatigable willpower sir.

  14. Cancer Survivor for 2 Years fighting cancer: Post surgery radiation recovery in my ill health had not been satisfactory after radical and reconstructive surgery 2 years back on May 13, 2015 for cancer of right upper gum followed by radiation although there is no existing or recurrent cancer lesion detected in latest CT scan of Head, Neck, Chest and Abdomen. Time will tell whether my health condition will be better or worse-best known to Almighty.

    Fight Cancer

  15. V Chandra Sekhar says:

    Pandaji, namaste.

    I have no hesitation at all in assuring you that your indefatigable fighting spirit will certainly help you tide over the temporary set-back in your health condition and you will be fully fit before long. There are not many people who have the kind of will-power you possess, sir. Wishing you the very best.

    Regards
    Sekhar
    GP1-402 Green Park Regency
    Sarjapur Road Bangalore

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