Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Graffiti On The Wall And In My Heart

The last book I read, on Amrita Sher-Gill, has inspired a passion for art in me and this new found love took me to an art exhibit in the city. While trying to decipher the paintings, their moods and messages I noticed a graffiti wall in a corner. There is something about graffiti that draws me to it - the colours, the freedom, the absence of rules and messages that don't need to be deciphered by an art connoisseur.
I stood against it and took some pictures, more an attempt to capture the colours and confusion of the graffiti than to capture my very basic blue outfit.

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All along there was a graffiti of emotions in my own heart. I was feeling fear, anxiety and doubt after having been told by someone I care about, that she had felt a lump in her breast. The instant I heard that, the only thought that crossed my mind and then kept recurring thereafter was 'breast cancer'.
My heart sank to unimaginable depths and no matter how hard I tried I could not bring it afloat.
I visited the doctor with her, my heart in my mouth, prayers on my lips and every fiber of my being crossed for luck. I was finally told that it was just a fibroid..RELIEF like I have never felt it before.
But it made me realize the fickle nature of our mind and our bodies. Made me feel grateful for the life I have today.

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A casual chat with the doctor made me realize just how ignorant I am about the much talked about disease 'breast cancer'...here are some facts I learnt
1. All breast lumps are not cancer, however them must be treated with seriousness and checked by a specialist.

2. Breast cancer lumps are usually accompanied by a change in the skin, you will usually notice some kind of rash like breakout on the skin.

3. Breast cancer almost always causes a change in the appearance of the breast. Sometimes enlarging it and at times causing a shrinkage.

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4. There will usually be a discharge.

5. The cause could be genetic, if someone in your family has suffered the disease, it makes others in the family more susceptible.

6. Stress seems to be a major cause of 'breast cancer'. Women make time for everyone else and everything else often ignoring their own well being. This manifests in the form of cancer.

7. The instant lifestyle. Till a generation back, we knew the source of every morsel we were putting in our body. Now everything is instant, fast, factory made and laced with carcinogenic ingredients.

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Do you know more about the disease, its symptoms and how we can avoid it? Do share so that we can all be more aware. 
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12 comments:

  1. Nice pictures. Now I am scared too. Maybe should get a check up.

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    1. Oh Rupa..I am so sorry the intention wasnt to scare anyone..was just that all of us become more aware :)
      loads of love

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  2. Love this! The colours and the pattern together? Stunning.
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  3. Oh my....like you said, in between everything, we should not forget ourselves...And after reading about Amrita Sher-Gill on your blog, I have also got the book yesterday :) Can wait to start reading :) And your outfit is perfect...Blue and mustard is such a good combination :)

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    1. Yes women need to take atleast 20 mins a day to destress and relax..
      I am so glad you got the book..Amrita led a very scandalous life hehe...I guess I wasnt prepared for so much scandal in the life of an Indian girl in the 1930's...haha
      enjoy it and let me know what you think
      love

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  5. Your accessories take the outfit several notches higher :)
    I understand how you felt. Just last year, we lost someone really close, to the dreaded disease.
    That too after she had been declared cancer free, there was an immediate relapse and it was all over :(

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    1. Oh my God...I am so so sorry to hear that..
      whats scaryiest is the fact that the exact cause is not known...diet, stress..genes..seems out of control..
      sad :(

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  6. I was diagnosed with papillary carcinoma of the thyroid gland while in my final year of college, luckily timely intervention (surgery and radio-ion therapy) saved me. But I lost my father-in-law to Prostate Cancer last year, and recently a close family member was diagnosed with Paget's Disease (a type of breast cancer). So yes, I've seen hell. All I can say is, cancer advances stealthily and attacks suddenly with a geometric progression. Our best bet is to be aware of the changes in our body, and in case of any irregularity, go for IMMEDIATE intervention. Timely diagnosis and treatment is the key.
    Lots of love!

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    1. And might I add..love, support loads of strength and positivity...
      Yes being aware is so so important...no longer can you brush off things and take them lightly..
      I am so sorry for your loss Rashi

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    2. Yes I agree- love, support and positivity are as crucial as medical treatment, they all go hand in hand. Seeing a loved one suffer and gradually deteriorate takes such a huge toll... Grateful for your commiseration.

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