user
Smriti Gupta
Last updated 24 May 2018 . 1 min read

Coming Out Of The Cancer Closet


Share the Article :

smriti gupta cancer story smriti gupta cancer story

This is the first time I am sharing my story on a social platform. Let me introduce myself, my name is Smriti Mittal. I am a married woman and a mother of a four-year-old.

In early 2014, when I joined work after maternity leave, I started experiencing some changes in my lower limbs. There was an altogether different sensation in my right knee and with time I started having a problem in walking. I ignored them for a while relating them to extra burden of motherhood and work. I consulted few orthopaedics and a nearby physiotherapist but the problem remained undiagnosed. Soon  I was having body aches and I had a few falls. In December 2014, when it became too difficult to walk, an orthopaedic diagnosed the problem to be a neurological one. Soon a MRI was performed and I was diagnosed with a 9 cm long spinal cord tumour which required immediate surgery. The surgery was quite complex and we were warned of risks of paralysis and death. By God’s grace, the surgery went well and within few days I was able to walk. The tumour was sent for biopsy and the report came that it was Glioma grade III/IV tumour, a malignant one. It took me some time to digest that I was a cancer patient now. Thirty sittings of radiation were suggested by the doctors followed by oral chemotherapy. Everything went well for the next six months.

Everything went well for the next six months

In August 2015, I was out for a morning walk when I fell face first. I started having a problem in walking again. The doctors were consulted, expensive MRIs were performed only to find out that this was a side effect of radiation. Regular MRIs for tracking the tumour and physiotherapy for improvement in legs was suggested by the doctors. I continued physiotherapy for about a year without any major improvement. In February 2017, the tumour was doubted to be growing again and I was prescribed another MRI after three months. Much to our horror, the tumour had grown again. I didn’t want to go for any further treatment as I was already feeling miserable with my problems but I was advised to have surgery and radiation for the second time for the sake of my son. I survived the second surgery only to get my lower limbs affected. It took rigorous physiotherapy just to be able to walk with a stick.

Travelling is one of my passions. Roaming around Europe during my MBA internship in 2009, little did I know that at the age of 31, I will be unable to step out of my home without support.

Travelling is one of my passion

Life takes an unpredictable turn sometimes, the best you can do is accept it and steer your life in the right direction. This is what I learnt from Brahamkumari’s Rajyoga meditation course. Daily meditation practice and the learnings from Gita continue to help me cope with the new way of life.

I am a well-educated woman. I had dreams of working and being independent. For the past three years, life has been all about taking care of myself. Consulting oncologists, physiotherapists, homeopaths, naturopaths is a regular job, still, the problems don’t seem to be diminishing. Going through the MRI machine is like a visit to the beauty salon to me. I never had any experience with physically challenged, now I am one of them. I gain inspiration from Deepa Malik, Muniba Mazari, Stephen Hawkings and Nick Vujicic. I feel really blessed to have a supportive family & friends and my son who makes me laugh and gives me a sense of purpose.

My son makes me laugh

I now wish to fly again, explore the world of physically challenged. Maybe someday, I can win a medal at Paralympics or be a famous writer,  the opportunities are endless. I just have to keep on trying. Giving up is not an option.


15271444001527144400
Smriti Gupta

Explore more on SHEROES

Share the Article :

Responses

  • E*****
    Really Mrs Gupta you are the inspiration for many women your continuous struggle story has given me hope and courage to fight in most complex situation thanks a lot And I will pray to God that for your recovery...
  • J*****
    Really u r a brave lady... Life n our lovely kids teach us how to face the challenges n survive... Parents very important for children till there are mature to take care of themselves. ..so take care of yourself... U r very inspiring.. God bless you and your family.
  • L*****
    Very inspiring.....keep going u r on d right path
  • R*****
    Its difficult to understand the pain n suffering of anyone unless you are the one who is going through it really thankful to you for sharing ýour inspirational story!
  • B*****
    Hatsoff to u gupta ji.... And that picture with ur son express how happy u r..... Be happy ji
  • C*****
    What a brave women u are.. All the best.. God bless u.
  • A*****
    Hi Smriti, you are so brave and courageous. And I am dead sure you will explore the whole world on your feet.we all are with you.. infact you will fly one day..love you so much..you are blessed..
  • V*****
    You are a very strong woman, keep your faith and hope... may GOD bless you and your family
  • U*****
    Write Struggle is apart of life...never give up...
  • R*****
    That's gr8..., Congratulations dear..have happy life
  • S*****
    We are just proud of u smriti..all the best for your life
  • V*****
    Indeed, You are very brave Smriti.
  • O*****
    im happy u hv overcome all those adversity in ur lyf. May god alwys bless u and ur family.
  • A*****
    Hats off Smriti.... Stay blessed... Keep this charming smile and never let it go out of ur face.... S opportunities are endless and I'm sure ur dreams would come true one or the other day....
  • K*****
    You are so inspiring & strong personality and you have beautiful smile & soul !! Stay blessed ! Never lose hope !! May all your dreams come true !
  • A*****
    very inspiring smriti............my salute to you. take care dear.........
  • P*****
    Ohh mam ! 😑 i am at loss of words 😒 So proud of you for being such a strong and brave woman ✌🏻
  • M*****
    Smriti you are very brave. You have correctly chosen an idol such as Stephen Hawkings to motivate you to keep striving for betterment. Our love and blessings will always be with you to support you in your journey to good health.
  • S*****
    Well done dear. Positive attitude is must to fight with any problem. Staying positive with strong will power u will be happy and healthy soon. Best wishes
  • N*****
    You are real inspiration for everyone !! The real superwoman,the fighter,the believer nd the winner!!!
  • S*****
    Very Inspiring dear.. I became a big fan urs now. Please start writing u will definitely succeed.. Praying for your speedy recovery.. Keep smiling and be motivated always..
  • D*****
    Waaahhh yes give up isnt an option, keep going. You can!!!
  • J*****
    Very inspiring
  • R*****
    Inspiring ! There is always a Hope. Very Brave of You...
  • K*****
    While reading tears were rolling down. Your are true inspiration for us. Gbu mam
  • P*****
    Hi Smrithi,i went thr ur story its very inspirational to me because i too had a lot of heath issues just like u.I sometimes feel to end my life also,since 2009 am suffering,got treated well now am almost ok by the grace of god and my parents but due to thay i have lost everything in my life being a well educated person and now i want to do something to myself.Got inspiration by reading ur story.Thank you.
  • D*****
    Wish u good health,God bless u Smriti
  • K*****
    Just a great attitude smriti... You are an inspiration... Never give up and never settle.. We wish you great deal of courage, loving and happy faces around you.
  • J*****
    You are great Smrithi, be positive always, God is with you always.
  • P*****
    U r really a gr8 inspiration, God bless u
  • A*****
    I wish u to come out of this difficult phase of life God Bless U
  • S*****
    Om Shanti !! Truly you are Shivshakti !!
  • R*****
    I myself am a blood cancer survivour. I know what pain and dedication it takes to survive such a deadly disease. Hats off to you! You would surely succeed in whatever you do today and in future. May all your dreams come true! All the best! Be motivated always..!!
  • R*****
    I can certainly introduce you to mandala art therapy that I conduct and using some heart based meditations to help you in anyway I can to nurture your passion.
  • P*****
    You are an optimist and have a positive personality.such persons always win. I wish u to come out of all these agony.God bless you.
  • S*****
    Fly high! Be an inspiration!
  • J*****
    Best of luck
  • S*****
    I wish you all the very best Smriti. Never lose hope. your Story is truly inspiring! God Bless you.
    Similar Articles You love
    Download App

    Get The App

    Experience the best of SHEROES - Download the Free Mobile APP Now!