Sunday, 16th July 2017. I was invited to participate in a seminar organized by the National Cancer Society of Malaysia and I wanted to reflect on my experiences. My seminar topic was about my experiences in dealing with cancer from a caregiver’s point of view.
The presentation gave me an opportunity to work with one of the great supporting groups I have met. These are wonderful people that have dedicated their time and money to ease the pain of cancer patients and their caregivers.
The National Cancer Society had done a lot and I was very surprised to hear the load of responsibility taken by them. To name a few – they conducted seminars after seminars, sharing experiences sessions, free cancer hot-line and much more. Including the different perspective taken in helping those in need, which is why other than disseminating knowledge on the subject, they also managed to include yoga, meditation, painting and other methods to cope with pain (physical and emotional).
Most of the participants are related to cancer – cancer patients, caregivers, relatives, and cancer survivors. They have gone through a tough time. We discussed biopsy, radical surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant and many more procedures. If we start to talk about side effects of treatment or complications, then it will be quite the long day.
But then, the participants were smiling and enjoying their day. They have gone through hard times and it made them stronger. Life was a blessing, to be around their loved ones. Meeting them felt like meeting a family member, a big family with different skin colors, beliefs, background with one common ground – we all have something to do with cancer.
Kudos to the team and I am honored to be included in the seminar.
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