2nd Innings of Fighting Cancer as Cancer Survivor

Fighting against Cancer

I had second reconstructive surgery done by Dr. Moni, BDS, MBCHB, FDSRCS, FFDRCS, FRCS, FRCS Ed., Dip AB Director and Surgeon-in-Chief Head and Neck Oncology Surgery at Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center Narayana Hospitals Bangalore on January 9, 2018 for Osteo Radio Necrosis of Right Mandible and Shortening of Mouth Gap to Less Than ½ Finger as Complications of Post-Surgery Radiation as Cancer Survivor. Surgeon has done an innovative reconstructive surgery to bridge the gap after removing the necrosed bone of Right Mandible by a strap muscle of Neck and cut one fibrosis band on muscular flap covering inner portion of right cheek to widen the Mouth Gap to One Finger. The Naso-gastric Feeding Tube and Suture from the surgical site was removed on January 27, 2018 in OPD Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center Narayana Hospitals Bangalore. I started taking payasam, organic green tea by mouth same day afternoon. I am struggling initially to swallowing orally and hoping to improve swallowing functions in days to come. Thus my 2nd Innings of Fighting Cancer as Cancer Survivor stared on January 9, 2018 carried forward with physical indisposition caused out of sequels of radical and reconstructive surgeries along with disorder of mouth functions due to heavy dose of radiation therapy.

I had my 1st Innings of Fighting Cancer from May 13, 2015 to January 8, 2018. I had Radical Surgery of Removal of Malignant Tumour of Right Upper Gum Alveolus and Right Maxillary Bone with Reconstructive Surgery on May 13, 2015 done by Dr Vikram,M.B.B.S.,M.S.,M.Ch. HOD Head and Neck Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery at Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center Narayana Hospitals Bangalore followed by adjuvant radiation therapy over 33 sittings in OPD of Radiotherapy department of Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center Narayana Hospitals Bangalore completed on August 14, 2015.

I had to gather my mental and spiritual strength to undergo second surgery for complications of Post-Surgery Radiation as Cancer Survivor by positive feedback by readers and comment authors in discussion on my articles relating to my fighting spirit against cancer published in my blog website Yoga and Spirituality from time to time spread over time period from June 2015 to January 2018. My first posting in Facebook on May 21, 2015 on returning Bangalore home after first radical surgery for Cancer was “Back to Pavilion, Not Out! I was diagnosed to having been suffering from Malignant Neoplasm of Right Upper Gum. I was operated for the same on May 13, 2015 & hospitalized up to May 20, 2015. Cancer is so limited…it cannot kill the spirit of life” which was highly appreciated by my friends in Facebook with their good will messages to keep up the spirit of fighting against cancer. My subsequent postings about progress and setback in my health condition as a cancer survivor over a period of more than 2 ½ Years up to the day of second surgery on January 9, 2018 before operation have been flooded with good will messages, wishes and blessings from more than 40,000+ friends and group members of Facebook. I have gathered my emotional and social strength by interacting with my friends in WhatsApp group of Senior Citizens GPR Bangalore, VSS67 MBBS batch mates, PM Academy65 High School Batch about progress and setback in my health condition as a cancer survivor from time to time with good will messages and wishes for sustaining fight against cancer.I have been getting physical and emotional support from my senior citizen forum friends residing in Green Park Regency, Sarjapur Road Bangalore during one to one or group discussion in senior citizens corner meeting for one hour daily in evening about progress and setback in my health condition as a cancer survivor from time to time; more so by their personal visit to our Bangalore home during my intermittent crisis period during convalescence.

To keep up my sense of my generosity and spiritual sense high up during my physical indisposition as a cancer survivor, I am doing on line monthly donation of funds towards Annadhan and Charitable Clinic for devotees, poor & needy persons to Sri Sadguru Sainath Seva Samiti ( SSSSS ) managing Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Anand Ashram, BTM Layout Bangalore. I had provided funds on line for Charity through Subrat, my Facebook friend at Bargarh for distribution of blankets to distressed senior citizens to save them from severe cold in winter season and dresses for primary school poor girl children on New Year Day 2018 at my native district Bargarh Odisha. I have got strong belief that the beneficiaries` Blessing Counts much more for me.

God is my healer. No matter what my body is telling to me, I trust God to heal me. With my supportive family at Bangalore home and countless blessings & good wishes from my relatives, friends and fellow citizens known & unknown and Grace of God, I am quite hopeful to lead a better health in my 2nd Innings of Fighting Cancer as Cancer Survivor.

Dr Mahesh Chandra Panda
Bangalore

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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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34 Responses to 2nd Innings of Fighting Cancer as Cancer Survivor

  1. It is quite heartening to read your full story of marvellous fight against cancer. Please elaborate whether you can chew solid food or not? Are there any significant facial distortions? Complications are part of this fight, but getting back to your social media is a great effort and of course a great mode to enjoy and explore this post surgery complicated life. I have all the praise for your moral, physical and spiritual strength. May God bless you with a long fruitful, pain free, trouble free and pleasant life. Hope the disease and difficulties are not able to dampen your strength. Love to Sara.

    • Thanks Dr Madan Goyal for his good will message of “May God bless you with a long fruitful, pain free, trouble free and pleasant life” on my article ‘2nd Innings of Fighting Cancer as Cancer Survivor’.

      Dear Dr Goyal,

      On 3rd day of removal of feeding tube since 29th January 2018, I could take Dosa messed by hand mixed with milk and honey by spoon in mouth as Breakfast and Rice double cooked & messed by hand, Moong Dal semi-liquid preparation, Curd & Pumpkin double boiled messed by hand in Lunch by hand orally and Fruit Juice with Fiber Content in Semi liquid form & Ripe Banana by Chewing as afternoon Snacks in Evening and Semisolid Rice Flakes mixed with Milk & Honey by Spoon as Dinner along with Organic Green Tea Drinks twice daily. Swallowing discomfort still persisting which seems to be slowly improving. I am having sleep at night though there is periodical pain episode over and around the recent surgical site. Facial distortions compared to prior to recent surgery are there but minimal. Structural changes in alignment of jaws are noted with functional changes of swallowing are likely to stabilize in 6 weeks-3 months-6 months. I strongly hope to have better health with mouth functions in days, months & years ahead.

      • Visited Surgeon for checkup at Narayana Hospitals Bangalore on 19th February 2018 on 6th week after surgery. Pain, Swelling, Tenderness with discharging inflammatory fluid outside & inside mouth. Recovery process has been bit complicated due to post radiation lack of immunity which may delay the healing process for another 4-6 weeks. Taking antibiotics & other drugs along with mouth stretching exercise and maintaining cleanliness both inside and outside of recent surgical inflamed site for recovery tough to tolerate till time heals. Next check up by surgeon after 4 weeks. Let us hope the post-operative recovery to be better in days, weeks and months ahead.

  2. Dhandapani Muthuswamy says:

    Thank u Dr.Panda ji for the detailed article about your 1st and 2nd innings of fighting against cancer. With your amazing qualities, faith, confidence, surrender, fighting without lack, you will definitely win over the 2nd innings. Support of Divine power and prayers of family members, friends are always there. All will be well ji.

    Your Senior Citizen Friend
    Dhandapani Muthuswamy
    G.P.I-405, Green Park Regency
    Sarjapur Road, Bangalore

    • Thanks Dhandapaniji for his valuable comment on my article ‘2nd Innings of Fighting Cancer as Cancer Survivor’ that support of Divine power and prayers of family members, friends are always there and that my faith, confidence, surrender and fighting without lack will definitely win over the 2nd innings of fighting against cancer.

  3. Tapas Kumar Mohanty says:

    Dear Sir,

    We feel delighted to read your first blog post after the surgery. May God help you for quick relief. We are hoping that, more quality blog posts will come through this website.

    Om Sai Ram.

    • Thanks Tapas for his comment of appreciation for my coming back to fold of social media with in a month after recent surgery on reading my article ‘2nd Innings of Fighting Cancer as Cancer Survivor’ wishing quick relief.

  4. Rajesh Kumar Panda says:

    I do agree with your feelings.Let’s hope for best. I was very much anxious to know about your health after your surgery. Since you are unable to speak over phone I could contact with Debasish to gather the information from the hospital. Now I am of the feelings that you are some how better than earlier. Time is the best healer.

    With your blessings,
    I am remaining kaka.
    Pranam

  5. Kedarnath Sahu says:

    Sir,
    Namaskar.

    Your Courage is Your Strength.It is very difficult to believe your real life story.It is really Grace of Almighty for your good work towards the society.The living style of yours has enlightened the society. The strong mental as well as physical power is the key of your 2nd Innings of Fighting Cancer as Cancer Survivor which is praiseworthy and inspire us. We wish your quick relief and want more advise through your blog.

    Kedarnath Sahu
    Sohela, Bargarh Odisha

  6. Barun P M Academy65 says:

    Jai Jagannath.

    Dear Mahesh,You are a fighter from your school days and having lots of faith with Almighty, don’t worry, be happy all our good wishes with you for your earliest recovery.

    • Thanks Barun, my school friend for his valuable comment on my article ‘2nd Innings of Fighting Cancer as Cancer Survivor’ that a fighter from school days and having lots of faith with Almighty, I need not worry and be happy with good wishes from my school friends for my earliest recovery.

  7. Abhay P M Academy65 says:

    ପ୍ରିୟ ମହେଶ,ଜୀବନର କଠିନତମ ସମୟକୁ ତୁମେ ଯେପରି ସମ୍ମୁଖୀନ ହୋଇଛ,ସେଥିରେ ଭଗବାନଙ୍କ ଆର୍ଶୀବାଦ,ବନ୍ଧୁପରିଜନଙ୍କ ଶୁଭେଚ୍ଛା ସହ ତୁମର ଦୃଢ ମନୋବଳର ପରିଚୟ ରହିଛି।ତୁମର ପୂର୍ଣ୍ଣ ଆରୋଗ୍ୟ ନିମନ୍ତେ ଜଗନ୍ନାଥଙ୍କ ନିକଟରେ ପ୍ରାର୍ଥନା କରୁଛି।

    • Thanks Abhay my school friend for his valuable comment on my article ‘2nd Innings of Fighting Cancer as Cancer Survivor’ that “ଜୀବନର କଠିନତମ ସମୟକୁ ତୁମେ ଯେପରି ସମ୍ମୁଖୀନ ହୋଇଛ,ସେଥିରେ ଭଗବାନଙ୍କ ଆର୍ଶୀବାଦ,ବନ୍ଧୁପରିଜନଙ୍କ ଶୁଭେଚ୍ଛା ସହ ତୁମର ଦୃଢ ମନୋବଳର ପରିଚୟ ରହିଛି।ତୁମର ପୂର୍ଣ୍ଣ ଆରୋଗ୍ୟ ନିମନ୍ତେ ଜଗନ୍ନାଥଙ୍କ ନିକଟରେ ପ୍ରାର୍ଥନା କରୁଛି” in Odia which means ‘Having strong mentality to fight cancer strengthened by good will from family, relatives and friends with God`s Grace, Lord Jagannath will shower his blessings for my speedy recovery”.

  8. Dr Manoranjan Meher VSS67 MBBS batch says:

    Be Brave. God always help the braves. God Bless u to tolerate the unavoidable yrs.

  9. V Chandra Sekhar says:

    Namaste Dr.Pandaji,

    I reiterate what I have said in my WhatsApp message to you, and I repeat that your tenacious determination & will-power are helping you to wage an uphill battle against the set-backs in your health. Being an eminent doctor yourself, you are able to counter your medical problem much more effectively. The very fact that you have slowly started your walks outside the house stands testimony to what I have said.

    All of us who have been associated with you are wishing you a speedy recovery so that you are back to your normal routine at full throttle before long.

    Regards
    Your Senior Citizen Friend
    Sekhar
    G.P.I-402
    Green Park Regency
    Sarjapur Road, Bangalore

    • Thanks Sekharji for his comment of appreciation on my article ‘2nd Innings of Fighting Cancer as Cancer Survivor’ that my tenacious determination & will-power are helping me to wage an uphill battle against the set-backs in health.

  10. World Cancer Day February 4, 2018. On World Cancer Day, we have an opportunity to collectively examine cancer control strategies to identify winning formulas that will accelerate progress. The goal for all of us is to ensure fewer people develop cancer, more people are successfully treated and that there is a better quality of life for people during treatment and beyond.I am a cancer survivor fighting cancer since three year from May 2015 with the above motto.

    World Cancer Day

  11. Dr Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    Well spirited body and mind complex is whole stable and never unrest to dash even the curvy way of ocean to delve into depth and enjoy the real serenity.This phenomena is nothing but implementation of your self wisdom and reflected from your body and mind complex. Thanks for strength and stable of body and stamina and coolness of mind of yours because that I first time encounter an inspirer to so many viewers and readers in the website and particularly spiritual tonic to cancer sufferers and even no doubt a guide to get in for their treatment. I never forget to cite your example when I come across persons having problems like you. So I mean to say you are definitely a helping hand to handle such patients for instant alleviation of their agony. As per your description I am totally not agreed that this is your second innings fighting cancer as cancer survivor. Because in first innings cancer has been already cancelled and it is only a sequel iatrogenic so called surgical itching that is treated just like allergy in medically treated.

    Thanks for your patience and perseverance to share your feelings in your recent post ‘2nd Innings of Fighting Cancer as Cancer Survivor’ with in a month after your recent surgery which is definitely a great job and contribution in World Wide Web to readers and viewers world wide.

    With Regards,
    Dr Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh Odisha

    • Thanks Dr Binod Bihari Naik for his valuable comment on my article ‘2nd Innings of Fighting Cancer as Cancer Survivor’ that due to strength and stable of body and stamina and coolness of mind I have sustained my fight against cancer.

  12. Prasanta P M Academy65 says:

    Dear Mahesh, I am sure & pray God for the successful completion of recovery from your 2nd reconstructive surgery. You will definitely come out successful as usual.

  13. Abhijit P M Academy65 says:

    Mahesh, I salute your indomitable spirit. You are always a winner and never defeated. My dear friend, live every moment of your life joyfully and enjoy this beautiful world.

    • Thanks Abhijit, my school friend for his words of encouragement on reading my article ‘2nd Innings of Fighting Cancer as Cancer Survivor’ to live every moment of your life joyfully and enjoy this beautiful world.

  14. Madhusudan Mahunta says:

    Dear Sir,
    Namaskar.

    A nice article which describes the most critical period of your life.Through this article we well know about your patience. Your strong faith upon God is only the the source of encouragement to Fight against Cancer. By the blessings of Sai Baba, we hope for your quick relief. Om Sai Ram

    Madhusudan Mahunta
    Sohela, Bargarh Odisha

  15. Deepak Sahu says:

    Shree Shirdi Sai Mandir Padampur

    Dear Sir,

    You had your last visit to Shree Shirdi Sai Mandir Padampur for Darshan of Shri Sai in your native town Padampur Dist. Bargarh on October 29, 2014 during your last Odisha trip in October-November 2014. Due to your physical indisposition as a cancer survivor, you could not visit your native State Odisha for last 3 Years during 2015, 2016 & 2017. Probably Shirdi Sai Baba wished that you might serve the purpose of helping devotees, poor & needy persons at his abode at your native town Padampur by Donation for Annadan from Bangalore ( on line transfer (t) friend ) which you have started from February 2018 as Monthly Donation.

    We highly appreciate your sense of generosity and spirituality during your physical indisposition as a cancer survivor.

    Shri Satchidananda Sadguru Sainath Maharaj ki Jaya.

    Deepak Sahu, Abhimanyu Pradhan & Liakat Alli Khan
    SDH Padampur Dist.Bargarh Odisha

    Donation to Shirdi Sai Temple Trust Padampur February 2018

  16. Prakash Padhan says:

    Thanks a lot sir for your self description of cancer chronology on the occasion of cancer day. You have spiritual and strong will power.This is inspiration for other cancer patients.Your last paragraph is heart touching. Yes, God is healer. If God is with us, what can be against us. I wish your long life with quick recovery of health. Please visit my place whenever you are coming to Odisha.

    Again I pray for your good health sir.
    Prakash Padhan
    Consultant, Swachh Bharat Mission Sonepur Odisha

  17. I felt nostalgic for the kind visit of my friend & old colleague Dr K C Sith Retd. Joint Director of Health Services ( Medical ) Odisha, Bhubaneswar to our Bangalore home for his eagerness to see me as a cancer survivor since 2015 when we could not meet each other for more than 3 years taking time out of his trip to Bangalore attending APICON 2018. God desire; he has invited me to visit his Bhubaneswar home after my recovery in health expected during 2018.

    Visit of Dr K C Sith to Bangalore home

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