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Living with Multiple Myeloma in Hyderabad , India . Random musings .


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Came across this article where a 67 year old woman from UK has successfully tamed Multiple Myeloma.

Dieneke Ferguson, the founder and CEO of https://www.hiddenartshop.co.uk learnt about Curcumin through Margaret’s Blog .

I was very excited when I read that Dieneke Ferguson too , just like me , was also inspired by Margaret’s Blog and started using Curcumin.

Here is the whole story :

How our CEO Dieneke Ferguson beat her incurable cancer through curcumin

Hopefully this news will inspire many others to believe that there is hope and not to give up.

 

 

 

 


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‘Technically cured’ of Multiple Myeloma

I was due for a Bone Marrow Test and it was more than 6 months since I got the last one done. Was busy with several activities  and the test got delayed by one month.When I called my Oncologist for an appointment , he suggested that I also get a General Health Check up done along with the Bone Marrow Test. Been a while since I went for a Health check up.
The package consisted of Cardiac tests, ultra sound of the abdomen, Chem 20 , Urine , Thyroid , Lipid profile ,Bone Mass Density ,  Hepatitis B and C etc

The tests along with the Bone Marrow Test were done last week and the results were out today.

Went directly to the Hospital after work. My Oncologist gave an appointment at 4.30pm. Hubby was already at the Hospital and had picked up all the reports. I quickly opened the Bone Marrow Test report and scanned through the report looking for something like ‘M- spike not seen’ or ‘M-Spike negative’ , but I see ‘Impression:Consistent with Normal marrow’. I deduce that all is Normal and we rush to meet my Oncologist , as it was 4.35pm. I quickly thanked the Almighty.

My Oncologist goes through all the reports and finally says ‘ Meet me after One year’ .

I stare at him as if I wanted him to repeat those precious words again. He then says ‘Its been 5 years since you had the SCT, so Technically you are cured’ .

Woww , these were the words that I was longing to hear.

All the other Reports too were normal except for Osteopoenia.

On our way back hubby was showing me some remedies for Osteopoenia and Strength training is one of them.

Time to do something about this.

Today is one of the most happiest days in my life 🙂

I also sent pics of the Reports to my Ayurvedic Doctor, who was also very eager to know the results. He is very happy too. I would not be in this condition without his medication and treatment.

Thanks to Mother Nature for healing me through Ayurveda.

Feel like sharing my happiness with all my well wishers 🙂

Incidentally, today I also received a Promotion/Elevation at work. It was tough as only 30% of the eligible candidates got selected. The selection is based on the score in the appraisals and the performance in the Interview.

So glad I made it 🙂 .

I need to watch out and not get too stressed at work.Got to continue to follow a healthy diet too , along with exercise.

Love you Zindagi…..


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An Elixir : Healing powers of Ginger, Cinnamon drink

My day begins with a hot yummy drink made with two magical spices namely Ginger and Cinnamon.

I would like to share the recipe to prepare this yummy elixir.

Ingredients : (for one serving)

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  •     One inch piece of Ginger
  •     1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder
  •     Few drops or more of lemon (as per your taste)
  •     1-2 tsp of honey
  •     Water 250ml

Roughly crush the ginger and add it to the water. Add cinnamon powder. Let the mixture boil for 5 mins.

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Strain the water .

Add honey and lemon juice into the glass.

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A right mix of lemon juice and honey , as per your taste, can enhance the yumminess of the drink, making you want more of it 🙂

Enjoy your yummy and healthy drink !!

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Both Ginger and Cinnamon are rich in antioxidants which eliminate free radicals in the body. They also reduce inflammation in the body . Inflammation is the major cause of most illnesses.

Most foods available these days are in processed form which are very unhealthy and are acidic in nature.

It is very important that the body is maintained in an alkaline state by consuming more foods that are alkaline in nature.

Ginger and Cinnamon are alkaline and increase the alkalinity of our body.

Several lifestyle diseases can be avoided by intake of foods which are alkaline, are high in antioxidants ,which  reduce inflammation in the body and increase immunity in the body.

Having a warm liquid first thing in the morning also does a whole lot of good to our digestive system.

Do include more fruits and veggies in your diet , to maintain an alkaline state in the body.


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Father’s Day : My Dad , My inspiration

Without a Dad, there is no Birth.

This Father’s day , I would like to share an important role that my Dad has played in my Rebirth too.

Five years ago, I was living in denial and was devastated when I was getting hints from many angles that I was diagnosed with Cancer. No one in my family spoke about it openly and neither did I have the courage to ask directly nor did I dare to see my reports.

I knew that Mom was unaware of my condition. Dad had told her that it was a condition that can be treated. That I will be getting the best treatment which is called Stem Cell Transplant. He bore all the pain himself , unable to share with Mom , not knowing whether she would be able to accept the situation. Poor Dad.

I was in a confused state.

I told myself that I should not cry , that I should appear very normal and not talk about it. I went to work . But I was walking around like a dead person. Everyone in my family , hubby, siblings appeared very normal and made me feel very comfortable.

One of those days , before my Transplant,  I broke down in front of my Dad. I didn’t dare to do that in my Mom’s presence.

The Golden words that Dad spoke to me at that time were ‘Everyone experiences health issues in their life time. We have to face it. The medical field is coming up with new drugs very frequently. Nothing to worry ‘.

Dad underwent Coronary Bypass surgery twice. He continues to lead a very active life and has a lot of confidence on the Medical treatments and new medications that are being churned out periodically. He says this from his own experience during the last 17 years. The whole process was better and he got healed much faster after the second Bypass Surgery compared to the first time.

Those words inspired me and there is no looking back. My tears had dried and never ever did I shed a tear again.

My Dad is my biggest inspiration. Having seen the way he dealt with his own health issues I am able to go ahead with a lot of hope and courage.

We went ahead with the Stem Cell Transplant . He stood like a Rock , monitoring my progress and coordinated with all agencies like hospital staff, donors etc. My Oncologist too was surprised by the amount of care and support that he took all the while. Dad would accompany me and hubby when we went for the post transplant consultations too.

Finally, he is confident that his daughter is now strong 🙂

Thank you Dad for showing me the way. Those few words were so precious.

Love you Dad.

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A Brave Yoddha , No more in our Midst

Rahul, the Bravest warrior against Cancer I have ever known, is no more in our midst 😦

He founded Yoddhas.com to bring all fighters to a common forum so all can share their wins , problems and solutions.

It was my Dad who first saw an article in The Hindu newspaper about Yoddhas.com founded by Rahul. Dad told me to take a look at the article.

Rahul had declared that he was preparing to get a Stem Cell Transplant with Stem Cells from a Donor . The treatment was very expensive and he was seeking donations too.

Found his contact number on the website and immediately called him to learn further details . I heard a very strong and confident voice which gave me a lot of strength and courage to fight my own war.

Very soon he started a Whatsapp group and added many MM patients and their caregivers to the group. Dr Ram Ganjoo , Oncologist is also part of the group and is always available on the forum , eager to help and is very supportive.

It was in this forum that I expressed my conviction about Circumin and its potency in killing Cancer cells . Dr Gayatri , also in the whatsapp group ,who successfully conquered MM heard me and directed me to meet Dr Nitin,  an Ayurvedic Doctor from Mumbai who had prescribed Curcumin and other herbal medications to her . She is perfectly normal since several years. My conviction about Circumin doubled.

I must say that it is through Rahul , albeit indirectly, that I found a solution. I always felt that he lived for others more than for himself.

Deeply saddened on Rahul’s demise 😦

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Random musings : May 2017

Wanted to share some of the exciting events happening in my life these days 🙂 .

Me and my siblings  performed Dad’s 75th birthday a few days ago , in a traditional way. The event is called ”Sahasra Nakshatra Shanti”

Mom and Dad performed “Homan” followed by “Mangala Snanam” in the temple and then there was a “Lakshmi Narayana” puja at home too. All of us including the kids enjoyed the homam which started at 5 am .  We had just a few days to do all the shopping for clothes, puja items, flowers , fruits etc . It all happened with a short notice. So glad that we were able to perform this event for our parents.

Temple where the Homam was performed .

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Lakshmi Naraya Puja at home with 1000 Lotus flowers.

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An important activity at work currently is the migration to the new GST( Goods  and Services Tax)  regime imposed by the Government of India. This project is keeping me busy with several back to back meetings with other Departments to incorporate the new changes in our business processes , testing the new scenarios , preparation of cutover data which includes downloading and uploading of data to the Database , testing the monthly Return formats etc . All organisations have to migrate to the new Taxation on 1 July 2017.

Projects on IIOT too are in the pipeline and I am very excited to get them implemented.

I am also due for a promotion to a higher grade at work. I will be facing an interview and I think I am cool and confident 🙂 . Have been busy preparing for the interview too.

My niece’s (BIL’s daughter) wedding is coming up and I am looking forward to all the fun and dressing up for the various events. The wedding is a 5 day event and I may have to travel a lot from one end of the city to the other side as they live across the city. Will be fun helping and watching the proceedings up close.

Was tough getting my clothes ready for the event. Been shopping all through May. Had to do all my shopping after I got back home from work. All my favourite clothes stores are far from home and farther away from where I work and hence I was getting home late on most days. Thanks to mom for helping me select some good stuff. I love her choices.  I always enjoy shopping with Mom. She knows what looks good on me and I always get compliments 🙂

So glad to be busy with all these activities. Never been this busy in all my life 🙂 . Too many events happening simultaneously.

The GST and IIOT projects will keep me very busy for a few more months.

I also have to take an appointment with my Oncologist as I am due for a Bone Marrow Test in a couple of weeks from now.

Love you Life !!

 


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Use of Turmeric / Curcumin in Indian Customs and Traditions , Health and Healing , Beauty treatments

Turmeric Vs Curcumin :

Turmeric is a root/rhizome, a golden-colored spice that belongs to the ginger family . Widely used in India for different purposes. The words Turmeric and Curcumin are usually used interchangeably but Curcumin is an extract from Turmeric root, which gives the yellow color to the spice and has several healing properties. Different methods are used to extract Curcumin from Turmeric. Turmeric contains various ”curcuminoids” and Curcumin is one of them. Curcumin is a whole Pharmacy in itself and is used to treat several health conditions. Extensive research is being carried out on Curcumin in the western world for its healing properties..

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This spice has always been revered in India since thousands of years. But ,it is very unfortunate that the healing properties are unknown to majority of the current generation and the knowledge is slowly getting lost. Hopefully the research that is being carried out in the western world will bring to light the potency of Turmeric and thereby heal the world.

Here is an attempt to describe how Turmeric has been in use since centuries in Indian Customs and traditions.

Hindu Customs and Traditions :

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A few drops of water is added to Turmeric powder which is then shaped into a small solid cone . During Hindu festivals this form is worshiped as ”Lord Ganesha” , the remover of all obstacles. It is a fact that none of us  wish to face any obstacles in whatever activity we do/take up. This is a method of reinforcing our will power and also to invoke the blessings of the almighty.

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During Fridays, festivals and other auspicious events, Turmeric paste is applied on the threshold of the main entry door of the house and all other doors that lead outside the house. This ensures that insects and ants do not enter the house. Now a days this is done away with by using paints. Beautiful designs of flowers and leaves are drawn using colourful paints.

A married woman gives Turmeric root/powder along with ‘kumkum’ to other married women  (neighbors, relatives , friends etc), during festivals after inviting them into their homes. This is done as a blessing and good wishes for the long life of the woman and her husband .

Turmeric during weddings :

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Wedding preparations start with the making of Turmeric powder at home. An auspicious day and time is chosen for the event. A few women (relatives, friends neighbors) gather and use a mortar and thistle to crush the dry Turmeric root and symbolically prepare Turmeric powder.

A lot of Turmeric powder is used during Hindu weddings. There are a minimum of  5 rituals, spread over a few days , which require the use of Turmeric powder.

Haldi Ceremony is a very important part of a Hindu wedding. The bride and groom are smeared with a paste made by mixing Turmeric powder , sandalwood paste and rose-water, in their respective homes , couple of days before the wedding. Relatives friends and neighbors gather and make it a fun event.The Bride and Groom get a beautiful glow on their skin 🙂 . . This is repeated three times on three consecutive days. A natural beauty treatment instead of going to a beauty parlour or a Spa.

The bride and groom wear clothes that have been dipped in water that is mixed with turmeric powder . The cloth then gets dyed with a light yellow color.

Turmeric powder is mixed with rice which is then called ‘Akshintalu / Akshatalu ‘. These Akshintalu are used during puja and also used to bless others by sprinkling a little on top of the head of the one taking blessings who bows down and touches the elders feet.

In South Indian weddings , this rice is taken with cupped  hands by the bride and groom and  is poured on top of each others head during the wedding ceremony.

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A long thread is smeared with Turmeric paste and a Turmeric root is tied at the center of this thread. During the wedding ceremony the groom ties this thread around the neck of the bride with three knots.

 

 

Health and Healing :

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An Indian kitchen is incomplete without Turmeric powder in its spice box. Almost all Indian recipes contain Turmeric powder.Thus ensuring that turmeric is taken everyday in our diet. Turmeric also enhances the color of the dish. The anti bacterial properties of turmeric prevents food from decaying quickly.

 

Turmeric powder is Mixed in milk and consumed in order to treat coughs and colds.

Turmeric is supposed to be good for the Liver and digestion.

Turmeric is applied to bruises as it is an antiseptic.

Small balls are made with wet Turmeric powder. A few of these are consumed in order to reduce menstrual cramps .

Turmeric is a blood thinner and reduces cholesterol. Helps in controlling Blood Pressure.

It is anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is the major reason for most of the chronic diseases including Diabetes , Cardiovascular diseases , Arthritis , Cancer etc.

Curcumin induces apoptosis in tumours . It induces cell death in cancerous cells thereby stopping the multiplication of these cells.  A lot of research is being carried out and there is sufficient proof that this property of Curcumin can treat almost all types of Cancers.

Beauty Treatments :

Many South Indian women apply turmeric paste to their feet every Friday and during festivals and other religious events. Being an antiseptic it protects the feet from infections and cracked feet.

Turmeric paste mixed with other items like milk, chickpea flour etc is applied as a face mask to get rid of acne, pimples and other skin problems . It is also an excellent exfoliant and gives a glow to the skin.

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No wonder Turmeric has always been given a lot of importance in Hindu customs, traditions and rituals since a long time and is treated with piety and respect.

It is highly recommended that everyone include more Turmeric in their diet. It is also advised to prepare your own Turmeric powder instead of using the store-bought powder which is usually adulterated.

I have been using Curcumin every day since Jan 2014 , to fight Multiple Myeloma. Currently not using any other drug. Hope to manage my condition as long as I can.

~Yad Bhaavam Tad Bhavathi  : You become what you think ~