I Am A SurvivorFind the bay of hope . . . Right next to the ocean of grief stands the bay of hope. It’s made of billions of sand particles, each one insignificant on its own, but together a force to reckon with. The ocean continues to try to swallow the bay and the golden sand smiles, washed by the glistening tears. As an oncologist, it’s difficult to come home and have a normal meal or sleep without being awakened by a wet pillow, unsure if the tears were mine or those of a patient’s. I have understood that in this extraordinary universe, I am but a mere speck, as small and inconsequential as the sand particle on the beach. But with the bond that I have built with my patients, I am resolute, as indomitable as any avenger of cancer. These survivors have taught me more than what medicine has. These are not 108 stories.
This is the future of our battle against cancer. These are the footsteps these survivors have taken, from tears to smiles. I Am a Survivor exemplifies the cancer survivors of the human race, their journey and their demonstration of flawless endurance. It uncovers stories of several extraordinary cancer survivors who live their lives with the same intensity as others. This book is an attempt to honour what they stand for, and it offers their tale as an example for those walking the same path.