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Cancer Patient at 7 and a Confident Woman at 20

 

How was your life like when you were six or seven? Probably school, vacations, picnic, cartoons and a lot of fun, right? That’s how it’s supposed to be. I have very different memories of my childhood. I was probably seven when my parents were told that I had Mouth Cancer. Let me tell you that it’s very different when an adult fights cancer and it’s a very different ball game when a kid fights it. A child is at the epitome of innocence. Everything they touch or feel is new, there is so much to explore and learn. At a time when I was supposed to do that, I was asked to stay indoors and experience pain that I cannot express in words. Pain, is probably the most subjective term I have ever come across. I know that now, back then, I was just a blank slate with pain written all over in RED. My parents and family were shattered, but what made it more difficult to digest was my age. Children have a very limited vocabulary to express anything. Therefore they use more actions. We don’t realize that until something this tragic happens. It was so difficult to express my pain. I didn’t know what was happening. I was too young, too naïve. But I did know that I want to get over it, defeat it and be healthy again. Little girls love dolls and dressing them up. They want to be as pretty as them; have long hair pink cheeks etc. When chemotherapy started and I lost my hair, I felt as if I wasn’t that pretty doll anymore. It hurt a lot and I could not express how much (still can’t). Fighting chemotherapy is the most difficult part of the treatment. It just destroys every ounce of confidence you have ever had and throws you in an ocean of pain. Amidst all this I found my strength in parents, doctors and close friends. They loved and supported me irrevocably and encouraged me to defeat this evil that had dared to ruin my childhood. A lot of people react to cancer news by blaming God. They keep questioning Him for the troubles in their lives. It’s been 14 years since I survived cancer and not once have I questioned or blamed God. He kept me alive, He saved me, why must one ever question God in difficulties, I do not understand. Today, people look up to me. I was awarded Mahela Gaurav Award on Women’s Day. I know I could do this because I had my parents, family, friends and most importantly God by my side. To me, any individual who has managed to kick cancer’s butt is a hero. I am an extremely confident human being today because I know if I could overcome something so horrible at the age of seven, then nothing can ever destroy me.

I Am Still Standing Tall!
Himani Trivedi Cancer Survivor
I am Himani Trivedi and this is my story.

24 COMMENTS

  1. Proud of u .. girl !!
    We need such more examples in our society. You can be a role model of many. When normal people leave faith in them selves, you fought with cancer like a HERO! Keep it up.
    “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”-Winston Churchill n you proved it true (y).
    All d best for your future andeavours 🙂

    • Maybe noone knows this , she is the purest soul i’ve ever been with , inspite of all the bad she has all the goodness to spread and preach A true blessing in our lives. every person who hurts her gets nothing but forgiveness and help in return when they need from himani . this is her real inner self.
      stay Blessed!

      • I fought nd won it only because of your support shraddha!if u hv not been there in my life then it would be impossible for me to survive!u were the first friend who gave me strength to fight over this disease.☺

  2. Hiiiii Himani….i hvn’t met u yet, but soon wish too….hv heard abot u ….ur a vry confident women who strengthens me…..a tight hug to u…b blessed alwyz ….

  3. You are really brave girl. Your story will help so many others in sustaining level of confidence while going through critical phase in their life.

  4. Bravo Himani! Ur a PERFECT example who dont have FAITH in God..
    “When GOD is with us, who can be against us”
    May ur faith in GOD make u a stronger woman.
    God bless u abundantly..
    Keep smiling always..

  5. Himani u are great. I remember ur school days but even at that time while fighting this horrible diseases u were so confident and sincere. Really hatsoff to u and ur parents. God bless. U

  6. heyy hemani first of all a big salute to u 🙂 haven’t heard n saw such a brave and loving soul .Your confidence makes others also feel confident. All the very best for Cherish life ahead 🙂

  7. Hey dear i know u r a brave girl and no words are there to discribe your bravery proud of u and lucky 2 hv u in mah life as my besttt friend

  8. Hii himani was studing with you for a brief period in st xaviers ahemdabad , loved to see you after a long time girl and congratulations !!!!

  9. Bravo Himani…..u r truly a great inspiration soul for all of us…….all the best for a new view for life and plz cherish every single moment……we are very proud of you….

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