Friday, February 5, 2010

Of Fairytales & Reality Bites

We have all grown up with fairy tales, with happy endings, dreamily ensconced in our own little worlds of make believe. Yet real life’s never far away to deal a cruel blow to our dreams.

Yet the dreams appear to have triumphed over reality—a reality of people dying of deadly ailments like cancer and heart disease—as we continue to live in self denial, continuing to ignore our health and our lives on life’s pecking order of priorities. Why oh why?

Isn’t it time we woke up, stopped dreaming and took some action? Isn’t it time that we prioritized our health. It’s our life after all!!

In a world dominated by science and technology, where everything is possible, the only thing required is the will to fight, to step out of our dreams a while.

That’s what I learnt when I saw someone I knew fighting her own battle against cancer. But that’s the operative word here: fighting. You’ve got to fight it; you’ve got to have the will to fight!

It’s a painful journey; from losing hair to strong medication making life itself a living hell, when close friends can sympathize and at times even treat you like a pariah, to be shunned and treated like an outcast, the agony can be endless. Yet, you’ve got to resist, fight it all the way. That is the only way.

Cancer, significantly cervical cancer, today is spreading its tentacles far and wide, unchecked, insidious, and uncontrollable.

It’s a genuine call to all those who take their life callously, have multiple sexual partners and lead a generally unhygienic personal life. You’ve got to change because it can prove fatal, for your life.

Get yourself tested from time to time; a mere 10 minutes will make a big difference. If detected early cancer can be cured. Life as they say is not about the amount of breaths taken, but more about the moments which take your breath away.

It’s time to live your life well for those very special moments. It’s time to break the silence and spread the word – FIGHT AGAINST CERVICAL CANCER. Get going!

Contributed by: Vandita Sheoran, New Delhi


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