|breast cancer". It's strange, how in a single brief moment, just a few words can change one’s life completely. For Yavi Madurai a 33-year-old Johannesburg resident, that moment came on 14 November 2003 with these words from her doctor: "It's |
As life around her continued as normal, the earth still spinning on its axis, people still going about their daily lives, hers came to a painful, grinding halt. Hopes, dreams and wishes seemed impossible now.
Before her diagnosis, she lived life in the fast lane – pursuing a career in management, she was ambitious, driven and always on the go. However, she never stopped to appreciate the beauty within the tiny moments of life.
The value of life
She decided that her greatest weapon against cancer would be a positive attitude. Even through the physical and psychological devastation of a partial mastectomy, and the aggressive courses of chemotherapy and radiation, her positivity was unwavering. Yavi soon discovered the inexplicable, yet undeniable power of the mind-body-connection, as her new attitude began to have a marked effect on her recovery.
Cancer was no longer a burden under which she stumbled and faltered. Rather, it was a second chance at life.
Her wish came true
She believes that her cancer not only prepared her for the challenges of motherhood, but also gave her a priceless heirloom, a legacy that could be passed onto her daughter; the fundamental values she learnt, that so wholly transformed her life.
Today, Yavi is grateful for every new day and loves getting up in the morning. “I feel alive and know that I am now living in the moment”. Five years after her ordeal with breast cancer she is still cancer-free.
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A new life after breast cancer
02 Dec 2008