Breast Cancer Hero: Gennifer D'Souza

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Gennifer believes in the joy of living


The small grain-sized lump that was diagnosed as breast cancer in 2008 was part of my breast for 14 years. When I first discovered it back then, it was just a tiny bump with no traces of cancer. I had the lump tested by five doctors who declared it safe.

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My husband has been a cancer patient for 20 years now, so I was regular with my check up too. I spend a lot of my time doing social service and volunteering for many causes and am quite aware of the reality that cancer is.

In 2007, I was operated for abnormalities in my kidney which seemed like legions of cancer, but was dismissed later. The findings from this operation were published in the medical journals of London and Germany. It was that doctor who recommended I get a thorough test of my breasts done immediately.

I soon underwent a biopsy which revealed that the small grain-sized lump I’ve had for 14 years had turned cancerous. My family was a bit surprised at first, but they were prepared for whatever was to come.

Within the next two days I had my surgery and I signed my consent form to remove my breast. But luckily during the surgery the doctor decided that I could keep my breast and only removed the lump. I wasn’t prescribed chemo but I did take radiation for a month, which did not cause any kind of discomfort. I am a positive person and I try to keep myself busy with social activities. The thought of having breast cancer never upset me.

For 14 years the lump felt normal, like it was a button of my shirt. I was treated for breast cancer at a very early stage because I was aware and alert about it. Today, I work for various social causes and volunteer with NGOs like Maitri and Mahak. I most sincerely believe in the joy of giving as much as in the joy of living. Take life as it comes; if you accept, then only can you change it.

 

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