Breast Cancer Hero: Meenal Makhija

Breast Cancer Hero: Meenal MakhijaBreast Cancer Hero: Meenal Makhija
Meenal is living a normal life today

 

Vacations are the best way to bond with family and friends, and I was on one when I discovered that I was suffering from breast cancer. Holidaying in Sikkim, I was out shopping when I fell and hurt myself. The doctor there told me that I had fractured the little finger of my right hand and it needed to be plastered. Returning home, I noticed that the shape of my right breast looked different but I just let it go, thinking it was a result of the fall. If only I knew...

Back home in Bombay I consulted my family doctor and asked him about a mammogram. Avoiding his curious questions, I went for one myself. I had a lump in my right breast, which never pained or caused any harm, from the time my daughter was born. I thought it was a result of breastfeeding and didn’t pay any attention to it. But it had grown into a cancerous tissue and was detected after a mammogram was performed. My first mammogram didn’t come out too clear and therefore I had to go for another one. The doctor then asked me to go for an ultrasound and a biopsy just to make sure that it was really cancer.

My husband who was not in town at that time was summoned by the doctor and asked to break the news to me. I was shocked to discover that it had actually happened to me, but decided to take it head on. It was in February 2001 that I discovered that I had malignant breast cancer and underwent surgery for the same.
My family and friends have been a constant support and are the reason that I am back to leading a normal life today. During my chemotherapy days, my husband was constantly at my side, holding my hand during the bad parts, making it easier. I used to work with the Reserve Bank of India and had to take a leave of absence to recuperate.

My children also noticed that everything was not right with me and were my constant support during my battle against the disease.


Today I am disease-free and live a normal and happy life.  I go for checkups once a year and have to undergo a mammogram, ultrasound, bone density scan and bone scan at times.  I go out with friends, attend social gatherings. After taking voluntary retirement from my work, I am living a great life.

Take part in iDiva.com's THE HEROES PROJECT!
Nominate a breast cancer hero today! If you know a breast cancer survivor – your mom, aunt, sister, friend or yourself, or a champion of the cause - someone who has helped raise funds for treatment, promoted awareness or simply helped someone else get through the illness, then write in to us at idivaeditor@gmail.com. Tell us their story and get featured on iDiva.com along with your hero!

Related Articles -

Breast Cancer Hero: Christine Gonsalves

Breast Cancer Hero: Manisha M Kinkhabwala

Breast Cancer Hero: Gennifer D'Souza

Follow us on Twitter for all updates, like us on Facebook for related stuff

Latest News

  • FDCI locks dates for next AIFW seasons

    New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the country's apex fashion body on Sunday announced dates for the Amazon India Fashion Week spring-summer and autumn-winter 2016 seasons. …

  • Success is becoming the best version of yourself: Hrithik

    Mumbai, March 29 (IANS) After coming out unscathed through all the struggles in his life, actor Hrithik Roshan has nothing but inspiration to offer his fans and says success to him is becoming the best version of one's own self. Success to me is becoming the best version of yourself," Hrithik told IANS. …

  • I am really glad rap music has found some place in Bollywood, says Mickey Singh

    By Ashish Kumar Singh New Delhi, Mar 29 (ANI): Indo American singer Mickey Singh recently discussed the importance of rap and fusion music in Bollywood during his visit to New Delhi. The 'Double Addi' hitmaker spoke exclusively to ANI about his music and the current music trend in Bollywood, saying that he was really glad that rap music had found some place in Bollywood. The American pop sensation said, "Rappers like Badshah and Yo Yo Honey Singh have definitely taken rap music and Indian …

  • Disappointing first quarter, say Bollywood's trade gurus

    Mumbai, March 29 (IANS) With no blockbusters, and a majority of debacles, the first quarter of 2015 has been disappointing for Bollywood box office, say trade gurus, who believe that small fries like "NH10" and "Badlapur" have managed to earn plaudits and profits. It's been an average year so far -- none of the Khans' films released, and the only A-list starrer "Baby", featuring Akshay Kumar, was among the four movies that performed well. This year, there was was no such major film," trade …

  • Reality shows not my thing: Nathalia Kaur

    New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) Brazilian model Nathalia Kaur, who recently stepped out of her comfort zone to perform some action-packed stunts in Indian reality show "Khatron ke Khiladi Darr Ka Blockbuster Returns", says she has no intentions to take part in any other reality show as of now. "Reality shows are not my thing. Films are my focus at the moment," Nathalia told IANS over phone from Mumbai. I think I'm not made for reality shows," she said. …

  • Films on Himachal's wildlife may hit roadblock

    Shimla, March 29 (IANS) Big budget documentaries showcasing Himachal Pradesh's prized wildlife, including the highly endangered pheasant, by Green Oscar winning filmmaker Mike Pandey may hit a roadblock. The wildlife department has decided to give one last chance to the acclaimed filmmaker to seek his view over the inordinate three-year delay in completing four sets of documentaries of 30 minutes each, a senior official told IANS. The government has made a partial payment of Rs.40 lakh to the …

  • Being an actor a torture for skin: Taapsee Pannu

    New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) "Baby" actress Taapsee Pannu, who has signed up an endorsement deal with skincare brand Everyuth, says the acting profession is a "torture" on one's skin -- but with a mix of right food and liquid intake, she keeps herself glowing. What is your take -- should celebrities promote the concept of fairness creams? …

  • Radhika won't do songs that objectify women

    Mumbai, March 29 (IANS) Actress Radhika Apte, who picks content-driven films, says she would not do an item song which objectifies women. Asked if she's willing to do item songs in Bollywood, the "Hunterrr" told IANS: "It all depends on what it is. What is item number? …

Loading...