Two years ago our mother, Ajinder, was diagnosed with late stage cervical cancer. As anybody who’s been touched by cancer knows, it’s a devastating diagnosis – the days, months, year, of chemotherapy and radiation that followed were harrowing, to say the least. Through her entire treatment, our father again used food as an antidote to combat the many ill effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
We lost our mother to this terrible disease in September 2014 – the hardest part was knowing that if she had been diagnosed earlier, maybe we could have saved her. Alas, awareness and testing of cervical cancer in India is still almost negligible.