Cancer not only affects patients physically but also imposes immense mental stress upon them. During and after the recovery process, it is important for cancer patients to have strong willpower and a motivational spirit to live.
Two doctors who have been cancer patients themselves, have set an example by how defeating cancer without letting it defeat their spirit.
Dr Deepali Deshmukh who is in charge of the dialysis unit at District Civil Hospital in Alibaug and Dr Mitali Upadhye who is a medical practitioner in Pune have recovered from cancer.
What is remarkable is that they didn’t let the diseases induce negativity in their mind. Leaving that troubled period behind, they have fast tracked their journey by ‘running’ towards a goal.
Dr Deepali Deshmukh was diagnosed with blood cancer in July last year. After completing intensive chemotherapy for six months she joined her duty back from March 2017. After resuming her day to day life she decided to pursue her interest in sports. She decided to participate in a marathon which is going to be held in Pune in November.
Being a cancer survivor she was sceptical how to start preparing for the marathon. Then she came in contact with Dr Mitali Upadhye who also had survived ovarian cancer in 2013 and found motivation in getting trained for running.
Dr Mitali who is now a trainer with a group called ‘Pune running’ is helping Dr Deepali to run for 10 km in the upcoming marathon event. She herself is going to run for 21 km.
“During my recovery phase, I was sliding into depression. In this phase running gave me a goal and I started getting trained for it. I now train the beginners. It is an inspirational and joyous experience. I have completed 10 km several times before. In this marathon I am going to run for 21 km,” Dr Mitali said.
Though they are living in different cities both of these doctors are in contact through phone and messages. They came in contact through a WhatsApp group.
“After getting to know that I have recovered from cancer Dr Mitali contacted me and reassured that I can prepare for the marathon as she had also recovered from cancer. I am now aiming to complete 10 km (half marathon),” said Dr Deepali.
The half marathon requires a rigorous training and a strong willpower. “You can’t get defeated because of the illness. Recovering from cancer is like a rebirth and after that you have to live to the fullest. That’s why you should try to fulfil every dream of yours,” said Dr Deepali Deshmukh.