With the start of this new year, I have a lot of wishes in mind and we have a lot of work to do. Only those who have traveled the pathway of cancer, either themselves, or with their near and dear ones, know how it feels. And when I see patients with cancers too far advanced for any form of treatment, especially those cancers which can be easily detected early, it does pain me. To the core. And that was one of the main reasons, I started the BCI website, in Sep 2010.
This forum is now like a family to me. I feel home here. I am indeed privileged to have so many active members here. One new question from someone, and I always see many here, out to help, or at least provide a listening ear to that person. I say this from my heart, that it is all thanks to all you active members here, that there is life in this forum. Without you all, this forum would have been nowhere and would have probably even shut down. So I sincerely thank all of you, I am short of words to express my gratitude.
I am very happy, that I now have your help to spread awareness on breast cancer, encourage early detection, help those suffering this disease, provide them moral and psychological support here (especially while they are undergoing chemotherapy) and give them all forms of help they would need.
Slowly and steadily, I think, it would be good to form teams (of three or four members maybe) in various cities, like one team in Mumbai, one in Delhi, and as many cities as we can, as we get more and more members. We can work on issues like awareness, helping and guiding patients undergoing treatment (if they need some support), maintaining a list of places for wigs, lymphedema stockings and NGO's for that city etc. Honestly, it's not much work, even a few hours every month would do.
Not that there aren't any such groups, there are hundreds of NGO's doing good work, but none is centralized, most do not have good inter NGO relations and many NGO's are riddled with red tape. There are many things, which I have seen, but cannot talk here. Besides, many people want their names in forefront to show what they are doing. For us at this forum, we do not want that. We do not even bother if no one knows us. As long as people are benefited, or patients are benefited, we have done our duty. That is all that matters.
So, apart from providing support to those undergoing treatment, we all need to work on cancer awareness. WHO has already blown the whistle for India for breast cancer by presenting the latest statistics, showing breast cancer is rising like a storm in India and it is the most common cancer in India now (way ahead of cervical cancer). As usual, neither most doctors nor health authorities know about it. Remember one thing, if we all start cancer awareness TODAY and work regularly on it, we will start seeing a reduction in breast cancer deaths only after 30 to 40 years!!
And I am waiting for the day I do not see this (I dare you to click and see this image. I did a core biopsy for this lady two weeks back. She knew about the cancer, but was taking alternate therapy for six months!!):
So once again, I thank all of you, for being wonderful and active members on this forum, I thank you for helping each other out. My ultimate aim would be to let a few of you take over this forum and run it; I would love to take a back seat, see all of you interacting; and smile. I would, of course, always be here, and take part, on medical queries and other questions, but I would want you to be the driving force of the forum.
Thanks and a happy new year once again. And a special thanks to the HealthUnlocked Team for providing us this platform and all the support.