Meet Anita Vesuvala, breast cancer survivor and counsellor for 22 years

Cancer can be quite difficult to deal with, not only physically but also on a psychological level. The diagnosis comes as a shock to the patient and then every step of the treatment checks the mental strength of the patient. Being a survivor, this 68-year-old counsels patients for 22 years now

Meet Anita Vesuvala, breast cancer survivor and counsellor for 22 years

Cancer not only takes toll on one’s physical health, but also on the psychological health of a person. The diagnosis comes as a shock to the patient and then every step of the treatment checks the mental strength of the patient.

In such a case, the patients often feel that death is awaiting them.68-year-old; Anita Vesuvala faced a similar situation when she was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 39 years old.

“After the diagnosis ‘Why me?’ was the only question in my mind. It was a difficult phase for me. I thought that my life is over and the only future is death. I used to wonder why it happened to me. What wrong have I done to anybody?,” asked Anita while sharing her feelings to My Medical Mantra.

During her treatment, Anita realised that every woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer has to go through this situation. After her recovery, she set up the ‘Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic’ in Prince Ali Khan Hospital, Mumbai.

In this venture she took the help of oncosurgeon, Dr Sultan Pradhan. Through this, she has been doing free counselling for women who have breast cancer for last 22 years. The clinic was started in 1994. She has counseled more than 1 lakh breast cancer patients through the ‘Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic’.

“I realised that other cancer patients also have to face this painful situation. That’s why I thought of conducting this initiative,” said Anita to My Medical Mantra.

Dr Kranti Raymane is a gynecologist in the Prince Aly Khan Hospital, Mumbai. He explained that the efforts behind running the rehabilitation are immense and commendable. “Now, there are trained professionals who tirelessly work to help patients. The pain is shared here and the patients are shown a new way to live a normal life confidently. Many patients have been benefitted from here,” said Dr Raymane to My Medical Mantra.