Chhavi Mittal says his cancer diagnosis was just a coincidence. Remembering that time, he explains how his life changed in one day. Actress Chhavi Mittal said, “One night I was sleeping peacefully and the next morning I was diagnosed with cancer. From that day on his whole life changed.”
Chhavi is a film and television artist. She made her debut in the television industry with a Zee TV show and has been in the industry for 15 years. Originally from Gurugram (Haryana), Chhavi made her mark with shows like Shhh…Phir Koi Hai and Twinkle Beauty Parlor.
She currently runs a digital production company called ‘Shitty Ideas Trending’ with her husband Mohit Hussain and is currently on a journey to share her story and create awareness about breast cancer. In April, he told his followers on Instagram and YouTube that he was suffering from a dreaded disease like cancer. He also said he is willing to discuss the details of the surgery and the radiation associated with it.
The best of India While talking to Chhavi, she said, “I got an injury in my chest while exercising, so I went to the doctor. There when we did the MRI, the doctor noticed a lump on the other side. Then they asked me that he did an ultrasound and a biopsy, which confirmed that it was cancer”.
She says that when she was diagnosed with cancer based on the report, she didn’t cry or panic, but was extremely calm. Chhavi further says that he often gets angry over small things. But whenever there’s a big problem, she’s pretty calm.
She says: “I was completely calm after being diagnosed with cancer. Of course, it took some time to understand this news. I gave myself a few days to accept it. I did a lot of work in that time, I talked to many doctors, breast cancer survivors and learned that if cancer is caught early, it can be treated.”
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the world
Dr. Rajasundaram, Director of Oncology at Gleneagles Global Health City The best of India “Cities like Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru have more awareness and compared to women in these cities, we see a big gap among women in rural areas, where awareness and access to facilities is less” .
He says that women who live in cities come for regular check-ups and here the chances of early detection of the disease are higher. While women in rural areas often arrive late, reducing both their chances of treatment and survival. “Governments should work to make health care and education accessible in rural areas,” he says.
According to WHO, breast cancer is the most common cancer in the world. According to Breast Cancer India, a woman in India is diagnosed with breast cancer every four minutes.
Chhavi Mittal says that when the doctor told him about the lump, he didn’t take it seriously. He did the biopsy reluctantly. She says: “I was scared before the report came in. I didn’t want cancer. I think everyone’s first reaction is like that.”
How did you fight cancer?
The image explains that at such a time, his family became a great support. She says: “My husband, you are my biggest support. He took care of everything in the hospital, at work and at home. My children also get along. My daughter is nine years old and when I told her , he cried.
But I explained to him that, like any other disease, I too would fight this one. My son is three years old and he is too young to understand these things. All he knows is that I’m “hurt” and I can’t lift him. He has suddenly grown and when I was in the hospital he was very well at home.”
He adds: “Cancer is a disease where you have no choice but to fight it. For example, when you have a baby in your stomach, it has to come out at once. Then there’s no point in panicking on the delivery table. I treated this surgery like any other surgery and decided to have it. I didn’t have a choice whether I was going to have cancer or not – once you have it, you have to deal with it.”
“Some battles must be fought alone” – Chhavi Mittal
Talking about the effect on the body after surgery and radiation, Chhavi says that it has been more than two months since the surgery and she is still recovering.
She says, “My radiation ended 15 days ago. I’m still in pain, my breasts are swollen and the color has changed. This is a slow process. I’ve been strong mentally and physically throughout. But there are days when I I wonder when will this all end? I tried to do everything I could to help me recover quickly. I started physical therapy early, I tried to stay active and eat healthy. There are always good days and sometimes bad days in life “.
In an Instagram post, Chhavi said, “It’s been two months since my breast cancer surgery and for the past few days I’ve been anxious to feel normal. How does a mother who is a few days pregnant feel? .To be able to do what I did before it all started, to be able to smile from the inside… After seeing some good moments in life, I’m tired of living these bad days…
“It is very important to prioritize yourself” – Chhavi Mittal
Chhavi revealed that many things have changed physically: her breasts are swollen, heavy and painful and she can’t sleep on her right side, can’t lift things with her right hand and feels exhausted. But the biggest change has occurred in his thinking.
He says he has learned to prioritize himself. “I was the type of person who was always on the run. Either I was busy with work or taking care of my kids. I didn’t have time for myself. I used to stress about things and put pressure on myself. I wanted everything to be perfect. Amidst all this, I have not prioritized myself and many women in India do the same. The most important thing I learned is that life is not to be taken lightly,” said Chhavi.
“Women over 40 should have a mammogram every year”
Dr. Rajasundaram says there are three types of tests: self-examination, clinical examination, and screening tests such as mammograms.
Dr Rajasundaram says: “Check yourself every month. Examine each breast with your fingers, looking for lumps, spots or changes of any kind. The clinical exam is done by trained nurses. Self-examination helps women detect cancer early .
It says that one in every 21 women in India has breast cancer. Awareness and education have increased survival rates and annual screening helps in early detection of the disease after age 40.
The doctor adds: “Women over 40 should have a mammogram once a year. Treat yourself to this test every year. If detected at an early stage, the survival rate is 100%. Chhavi also stresses the importance of self-examination and going for regular check-ups.
Original article: Samya Mani
Editing: Archana Dubey
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