Cancer Awakens examines and supports what it takes to live through cancer: first as a survivor, then as a thriver which is eventually how to win over cancer.
Need for effective cancer support to win over cancer
I (Vijay Bhat) am a Mumbai-based Cancer coach. I am keen to share my learnings and perspectives gained over the last 17 years, both during my personal cancer journey and our work with other people who have experienced cancer.
Unfortunately in India and elsewhere, awareness of and access to effective, high-quality cancer support is sorely lacking. Since cancer is a global problem: by 2025, it is estimated that 1-in3 Americans (100 million people) and 1-in-13 Indians (another 100 million people) will get cancer. The total number is likely to be as high as 1-in-10 (750 million people!) so we dedicate this site for the benefit of cancer patients, care-givers and experts everywhere.
My cancer diagnosis
In 2001, our lives were turned upside down by my colon-cancer diagnosis. Facing this challenge, I looked at the statistics for cancer survival. They painted a gloomy picture. Not wanting to become one of the ‘statistics’, Nilima and I began to study the ‘anecdotes’ i.e. those rare individuals who have successfully lived beyond cancer.
How holistic therapies helped me win over cancer
As we went deeper and deeper into all the material that was available, it became increasingly clear that psychological, social and spiritual factors play a critical role in healing, just as they do in illness.
Early into my treatment, we took the unconventional decision to include holistic therapies to complement mainstream medical (Allopathic) care – a real turning point and a decision we believe, which gave our family a second chance to live life differently.
You too can win over cancer
Through this site, we hope to share the empowering lessons, tools and resources that helped us and which can help other families faced with the difficult cancer journey to eventually win over cancer.
However, we’d like to underline that this site is as much yours as it is ours. Its true value will emerge only when you participate in this dialogue. We invite you to comment, ask questions, share your own experiences and get involved. This way, we will all learn from and support each other’s healing.
May we all awaken to the prospect of transcending cancer. We owe it to ourselves and to the world!
To read more of Vijay and Nilima’s story, click here
Essential Reading on CancerAwakens.com
- A different look at how illness is caused; click here
- Holistic & integrated medicine: An introduction; click here