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part eccentric ... part fun .... stubborn .. but not stuck up ... very open to different views, ideas and possibilities ... varied interests ... engineer ... mba ... trying-to-be-a-good-entrepreneur ... ex-software ... ex-quality ... ex-tobacco ... ex-alcohol ... trying-to-be-ex-cancer
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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Comming back to life

Finally the chemo-therapy is over ... with that phase-I of fight against cancer has been completed.

I have shifted back to Delhi to rest, recuperate and rejuvenate. The whole aim is to the get the body and mind out of the effects of cancer treatment ... and get back to life

The first steps are already on the way ... I am slowly tapering off the corticosteroids (that I was taking) ... hoping that my metabolism will slowly come to speed on its own. More about this story in the following posts.

Right now, I will leave you with some visuals of the growth next to my heart.

This is how my chest looked about one year back. An expert can detect initial signs of lymphoma, but my doctor missed those signs completely. The lymphoma was later aught in an x-ray 6 months down the line. If it had been caught at the time of this x-ray treatment would have been much shorter and easier.


This is how the chest looked when I got the X ray in December last. The chest doctor suspected that I had TB. He asked for tests, but started off with TB before the tests could confirm/deny TB. I took that medication for more than a month.


In the first month of TB treatment, I started having difficulty in breathing and swallowing.
I met more doctors and they started hinting that I might have something other than TB. At that stage I got this X-ray taken in first week of Jan 07. It showed significant increase in tumour (In just one month's time). I got a laproscopic biopsy two days after this X-ray. That biopsy confirmed cancer


This is how my chest looked yesterday. Chemo therapy has taken out most of the tumour. But still I can see that some residual tissue still remains.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Tanveer - Great news man... good hear that its lot better now...way to go...I'm sure you will be perfectly alright in couple of months...take care...

- Hameed.

Girijesh said...

Alam,

ghar ane ka bahut sari badhayi ho. Asali ladai to tum jeet chuke ho. Baki bacha hua to bas jaldi hi khatam ho jayega. Just take good care of yourself.

--girijesh

O said...

Good luck..Delhi should be hot at this time of the year..

Take care
Rohan

bluesky said...
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bluesky said...

badhai...

Jh said...

alu-good to know that things are progressing well...this is great news.

Prabhat said...

Hey Alam, great to hear that you reached back home. I am sure you'll be perfectly alright very soon.
cheers and take care.
Prabhat

Big Daddy said...

bhai....
...gr8 to hear u back in del...dis was perhaps the most engrossing of all your scraps...
...will cum over in a few days...
....take care...
sainsl, sumbul, ma and abbu..



....p.s. noticed the love for floyd in your title ;)
well, floyds god....good heading....take care....aish mariye.... :D

Big Daddy said...

sorry for reffering to ur post as a scrap in my comment.....(embarrassed)
my bad! :(

Monsieur K said...

thts good news man!
wish u a speedy recovery. :)

Anonymous said...

i hope you are doing fine. please update your blog now. how are you recovering?

Faiz said...

boss ..
awesome stuff .. Allah ka shukr hai .. wish you all the best bro ..

tc
Faiz.

Srividya said...

Hi !

Good to know you are back home!
Take care!

-Srividy

Bland Spice said...

take care dude.

AJ{ax} said...

Hi Tanveer,
Just saw ur citizen journalist program on IBN and then in turn googled for your blog to land up here. My name's Ajay. I am from Bangalore. I lost my mother to Cancer in 2005 after going through the rigours of chemotherapy and an operation for almost 18 months. I was by her side through day and night of that agony. We blew up close to 13-14 lakhs of our savings in the process, and in the end not to gain anything at all.
Just wanted to let you know that my thoughts and well wishes are with you my friend. I am ready to do all that it takes to help you out of this terrible situation. Cancer to my mother has taught me a thing or two in life as well i.e to be more resilient and as you rightly said - to fight on !!!
Hope to keep in continued touch with you, and as I said, would be more than happy to do whatever it takes to raise cancer awareness in this country.
Pls let me know how I can assist you in these trying times for you.

ankur said...

hey tanweer,

saw ur prg on the cnn ibn website and got here somehow. All the Best friend,you got to pull this out !!!
i am ankur from noida,i lost my dad 4 yrs back due to an extreme form of blood cancer..he was 48 and old enough for chemotherapy,moreover options in india were literally none at that time,so we were just left with blood transfusions making us broke financially.
But times have changed now...people have won it,ex pm vp singh and cyclist lance armstrong are the biggest example,and you've to add on to that list.Do read the autobiography of lance armstrong,thats a great true life story of a cancer winner.
I would be glad if i can help you somehow in this tough time,plz do let me know whenever you need some help....
.....Its not about how hard you hit , Its about how hard u can get hit and keep moving on !!!

Punit Banga said...

man...you looked good on TV. shirt that you were wearing during live interview looked smart on you. keep up the good work. also let me know in case you have a ground line number in vellore. otherwise will call you on your delhi number.

Anonymous said...

Here is the link

http://www.ibnlive.com/news/money-kills-cancer-patients-hopes/40047-17.html

Dhananjay said...

hey Alam,
Good to hear you are back to delhi.
Hoping you a speedy recovery.
God Bless You,
Dhananjay

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