Meet Sherpa: Shakuntala Devulapally

Thriver since 2009: Acute Myeloid Leukemia

We’re delighted to introduce Hyderabad-based Shakuntala Devulapally to you. Shakuntala is a Yoga teacher and a trained Counsellor. She volunteered at the Cancer Institute and at St. Jude Childcare Services. She has a M.Sc. (Psychology) and an MBA.

I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in 2009. Then I underwent chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a Bone Marrow Transplant the same year. I also underwent DCR surgery, post-transplant. I have been in remission since then.

Life as a survivor was strange and difficult. There was great relief of course, but I had to grapple with many changes within me. I have learned to listen to my body, tame my mind and take care of both. I found yoga for inner work. I am still trying to find my purpose.

My biggest lesson

Anything can happen to anyone at any time. I learned that I could only look after myself after I stopped too much talking/ interaction, saving my energy for getting better.

My motivation to become a cancer-coach

I think my experience was meant for a purpose. I believe strongly in keeping our body, mind and soul healthy, to deal with adversity, when it strikes. I found something that worked for me, I want to help others find their own path.

My experience at the Cancer Coach Training workshop

For the first time, I was in a space where cancer felt normal, among a group of people who had similar journeys. We gained immensely from each other’s experience and perspectives. I learned tools to look inwards and outwards. I came away feeling liberated, empowered and with opportunities to impact many lives.

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