Cancer Awakens Newsletter - December 2017

Message from Vijay

As 2017 draws to a close, I am delighted to present our 13 newly-trained Cancer-Coaches (SHERPA’s) to you. Each one is either a thriver or caregiver or practitioner, with impeccable credentials. Collectively, they are even more impressive – wonderful ambassadors for the hi-calibre services we will begin providing in the New Year. From Jan 2018, Cancer Awakens will offer a structured ‘THRIVER’ program for individuals and families who face the challenging cancer journey. Please contact us via the blog, if you or someone you know want to sign up for this service. Do share this announcement widely and wish our SHERPA’s well. Many thanks for you support … and all good wishes for 2018! Warmly, Vijay

Meet the Cancer Awakens Sherpas

Anamika Chakravarty

Thriver since 2016: Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma & Uterine Cancer

Anamika wants to help people understand how thoughts and emotions can affect one’s physical health.

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Anand Tendolkar

Caregiver from 2008-2013:
Ovarian Cancer

Having lost his wife (Anuja) to cancer, Anand wants to help others to appreciate the importance of 'acceptance' for healing.

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Anju Kurien

Thriver since 2011:
Breast Cancer

Anju wants to help others discover the Holistic approach and social support that helped her heal.

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Bosco D’Mello

Caregiver from 2011:
Prostate Cancer

Bosco wants to help cancer patients and their families make sense of their pain and come out stronger.

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Chandni Lamba

Caregiver since 2008: Wegener’s Granulomatosis, Endometrial Cancer, Bladder Cancer

Chandni wants to dispel the ignorance around cancer and help focus on healing.

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Jaishree Kannan

Thriver since 2008:
Ovarian Cancer

Jaishree wants to help people understand the body's innate healing abilities and to love themselves.

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Kimi Shaabi

Caregiver from 2015-2017:
Oesophagal Cancer

After the loss of her husband (Neeraj), Kimi wants to help people find purpose during cancer’s life-altering experience.

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Dr. Niraj Mehta

Radiation Oncologist since 2008

Oncologist by profession and music/movement artist by passion, Niraj wants to make the cancer journey exciting and fulfilling … even a celebration!

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Purva Rakesh


An experienced practitioner of Reiki, Transactional Analysis & Emotional Literacy, Purva wants to help demystify cancer and provide emotional support.

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Shakuntala Devulapally

Thriver since 2009:
Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Shakuntala wants to help people heal by drawing strength from aligning mind, body, and soul.

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Sunil Issar

Thriver since 2006:
Oral Cancer

Sunil wants to use his Coaching skills to help people cultivate mental strength and a positive attitude for their healing.

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Viji Ramakrishnan

Thriver since 2002:
Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Viji wants to promote empathy and optimism as a way to see cancer as a transformative experience.

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Yogesh Mathuria

Caregiver since 2005:
Pancreatic Cancer

After losing his wife (Bhavna), Yogesh wants to help people realise that ‘care’ goes beyond financial resources and medical treatments.

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