Friday, May 30, 2014

All you need is a will to live

And so, I am back with another tale of courage, love and determination.

Even this one had been narrated by one of my professors. Let me call him Rajesh for the sake of ease of describing the story. I guess, I am getting too much inspired by my professors these days, but never mind. They are there to inspire people like me:) And I feel proud and fortunate that I am able to grasp the emotions and gist of the stories that they narrate in the class.

Anyways, the story goes like this. Rajesh had been in UK for a CSR (Corporate social responsibilities) activity. That year, he chose to nurse and take care of one of the terminally ill patient in a hospice in UK. Just for your information, terminal illness is a medical term commonly used to refer to a disease that will result in the death of the patient regardless of any treatment intervention and a patient who has such an illness may be referred to as a terminal patient or terminally ill patient. And such patients are generally sent to a hospice where they are taken care of.

And so, he landed up in one of the hospice in UK. He was asked to take care of this one old lady called Megan (name changed, off course), who had been suffering from Lung Cancer

For few days Rajesh observed the ambiance and environment out there. Obviously, it was full of depression and distress. People, primarily used to talk about death, how it would feel when they would face it, how painful it would be, when would be the time when they will face it and they used to discuss all those sort of painful things.

Rajesh, obviously got very disturbed by witnessing the pain and worries of the people who are on the verge of dying and worst part was, they were aware of it

But then, there was this one lady who never used to talk about this one topic: death and that was Megan. She used to talk about everything apart from death. She used to discuss about the political, social, economic conditions of the country, her concerns regarding the same. She was, even fighting and struggling to improve the basic amenities of the hospice.

On top of that, Rajesh says that there was something different about her, that made her stand out in all. Something that was so charismatic and alluring. And that was her smile. It seems she always used to wear that smile, despite the fact that it really hurts to smile if you are a lung cancer patient.  It is so because when you smile your face, your body is stretched, including your lungs and it causes an unbearable pain to a lung cancer patient.

Even then it seems this lady always used to have a beautiful smile on her face, which used to make her look extremely pretty. Rajesh describes her as a very adorable lady. And he even says that he never got a chance to take care of her because she was always so active, both physically and mentally. Rajesh was extreamly shocked to see her doing all this, at this devastating stage of life.

Which normal person would dare to laugh and smile all the time, while standing on the death's door? Which normal person would dare to discuss about country's issues while he own life is on the verge of finishing? Why would such a person bother about anything else in the first place? At such stage, people normally tend to go into a depression, leave every hope, stop doing all the activities and wait for the death to strike them.

What they don't understand is we all are in the same situation. The only difference is people inside the hospice are aware of the fact that they are going to die, but people outside have no idea. Anybody can die anytime! Infact, they can take it as an opportunity to do every damn thing they wanted to do in the lifetime, to enjoy and celebrate every moment. We, outsiders spend these precious moments in stressing ourselves out for jobs, work, money, children, family etc, without bothering and thinking about the fact that if we die  the next moment, then what use will this all be of? We waste our present in a hope to make our future happy and that moment never comes!

Anyways, yeah so Rajesh saw her doing the same thing for 3 months. He saw Megan's determination to live every moment with happiness and positivity, to do what she loves doing.

And after next 2 months, there happened a miracle. Megan was sent back to the hospital as her health was improving. They say its really rare for a patient to come back to the hospital once sent to a hospice. Even the doctors were stunned to see this case.

And they say its just her positivity that worked on her body. Its true your body behaves according to your mind set. If you are negative towards it all the time, if you crib and cry about a disease, your body accepts the fact and give up to it. But when you make your mind and heart work in other direction towards positivity, your body is left with no option but to follow them.

This is the power of being happy and positive all the time. All parts of your body react in exactly the same way, as how you feel:) So, make them happy...

BTW, Megan was cured and is amongst those rare patients who have been able to come out of the horrible trap of cancer and that too, in the last stage, just because of her positive attitude. May be some power somewhere saw Megan smiling and loving life and thought to give her few more time to enjoy life. And guess this is how miracles happen

Keep smiling. Stay Positive. Be happy.


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