Cancer, the mere word sends chills down spines and a prayer to God begging to be spared. If only wishes were horses! More often than not, this Goliath has devoured many and has had the last laugh. Time and again it has demanded an answer to the looming question: What is bigger- the fear or the will to overcome it?
Once every month, the picturesque Restaurant 51 at Xandari Harbour at Kochi basks in the presence of fortitude, fearlessness and determination courtesy Premi Matthew, the founder of Hair for Hope, India and Protect Your Mom International.
There are people, who after being diagnosed of cancer refused to cocoon themselves with misery and decided to battle it out. Leena Joseph, Megha Kuriakose, Shirley Santhosh, Preetha Menon & Yogi Salin- these women stand proof to J.R.R.Tolkien’s words- “Great heart will not be denied”. They attributed their victory over the ordeal to a downright will to live and an unflinching family support. Talking about their battle, they laid constant emphasis on how ‘coming out’ was not just important but vital. Teaching the people to address the sufferer with empathy and normalcy is the need of the hour. They feel it is the attitude that gets you first and it is imperative to keep it positive.
Leena Joseph, who won the battle against cancer twice, unfortunately died in an accident.
‘Accepting’ is half the battle won. The other half depends on the response. Cancer is rank with sympathy. Instead of helping them overcome, people shove the sufferers into the bottomless abyss of pity and melancholy- killing them emotionally first. It is this poison that demands the antidote sooner. Hence the need for positive support system. Just spreading the awareness will not do the trick: creating a rock-solid support system would be the booster dose.
Premi Matthew along with Ms.Veena Mahesh, former Asst Producer Mazhavil Manorama and Thushara Arun, Premi’s sister in law have taken the initiative of holding a monthly meet for the patients and survivors. The objective of the meet is to connect with others who are battling the disease and discuss problems which are special to cancer patients and help them beat the disease. Small sessions on yoga, meditation etc. will be subsequently added. The sole purpose is to debunk the myths surrounding cancer and rid the miserable ambience that is associated with it. It is entirely a labour of love and everyone and anyone is welcome to this do.
It is said that relationships with teachers extend far beyond the classroom. Exemplifying this is Mr.George Muthoot, Chairman Muthoot Group and the student of Ms. Premi Matthews- an anchor to this noble endeavor. Mr. Muthoot is the hospitality sponsor to this cause pledging his support and offering his premises, the tranquil Xandari Harbor in Kochi.
Support groups exist in the world over, but not in Kerala. Do tag anyone you know and spread the word. It is time to light their dark tunnel. It is time to find more Davids to this Goliath. It is time to spread HOPE.
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