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Life Beyond Cancer - Delhi Woman Tells How

Some people see a hopeless end while some others see an endless hope. This is the secret of conquering cancer, say successful cancer survivors. //Anuradha is yet another breast cancer survivor, who now has a success story to share with others afflicted with the deadly disease. She is now trying to publish her autobiography and screen a short film regarding her fight.

The courage and determination the assistant news editor at Doordarshan television here displayed since she was declared a victim of cancer in 1998 made the Outlook magazine name her as one of 10 heroes called "The Indies".

Despite losing her breasts as well as her brother and mother to cancer, Anuradha comes across as a never-say-die woman.

"Now I know everything about cancer, about the disease, its treatment, the medicines and side effects. So I share my information with other women patients and try to make them courageous," Anuradha told IANS in an interview.

"Most women feel shattered when they get their breasts removed. They think that is the only symbol of their femininity. I tell them to treat it like any organ," said the woman, originally a resident of Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.

Anuradha is back at work at Doordarshan's headquarters here, as normal as ever. She smiles a lot, and her colleagues are proud of her.

Her trauma began in May 1998, at age 30, when she discovered to her horror that she had cancer in her left breast.

Within months she underwent surgery. But even as she began to limp back to life came twin disasters: her mother died of cancer in 2000 and doctors found the disease had spread to Anduradha's other breast too.

More surgery followed last year, and Anuradha lost the second breast too.

The journalist in her made Anuradha sum up her struggle in an autobiographical book in Hindi called "Indradhanush ke Peeche Peeche" (Chasing the Rainbow), which become a bestseller in no time. <
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